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Working with kids is the best job in the world! I enjoy educating parents and patients about proper dental care while creating lasting relationships with families. My goal would be to have every patient cavity free; however, if treatment is necessary, I work with parents to determine the best way treat their child. I believe kids deserve to feel confident with happy, healthy smiles and be empowered to maintain their wonderful smiles as adults!
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Hi there! Welcome to Smart Mouth Pediatric Dentistry

At Smart Mouth Pediatric Dentistry, we know it’s essential for children to have positive, laughter-filled dental experiences. If a child receives painless, worry-free dental care and plenty of supportive, nurturing guidance, they will grow up with a bright smile and a passion for keeping it healthy, for life!

Dr. Sheala Lansden, Dr. Amanda Trotter, and our team understand the crucial role we play. We make every procedure as exciting and anxiety-free as possible, using a range of behavior management techniques and safe sedation options. Our goal is establishing a trusting relationship with your little one and you, with each visit tailored to your child’s emotional and clinical needs.

Smart Mouth Pediatric Dentistry offers regular dental exams and cleanings for infants through teens, and youth with special needs. We also offer sealants, fluoride, mouthguards, and preventive care to protect growing smiles, and restorative treatment when needed.

Ours is a kid-friendly, relationship-based practice, where we care for each child with compassion and kindness: they’re part of the Smart Mouth Family and we’re dedicated to their safety, health, and happiness!

Drs. Lansden, Trotter, and our team look forward to welcoming your child to our smile care family. Working closely with you, we’ll set your little one on the path to a lifetime of beautifully healthy smiles! Please contact our Waco, TX pediatric dental office to learn more and schedule an appointment, today!

Our Services

Ages
0-3

Ages
4-5

Ages
6-11

Ages
11-15


Preventive
Care

Special
needs

Diet &
Nutrition

Sports
Dentistry

Ages 0-3

• The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist by age one, or within six months of the appearance of the first baby tooth.

• Teething usually starts around six months and continues until the child is two to three years old. First to appear are the front teeth, then the back molars erupt, followed by the canines filling in by 18 months. Each child develops at a unique rate: do not worry if your child’s tooth eruption is delayed.

• Before teeth erupt, regularly clean your baby’s gums and mouth with an infant toothbrush or soft cloth. Lying the child on their back is the most efficient position for this. Continue this care as the teeth appear.

• Protect your baby’s teeth and mouth from trauma, especially as they start walking, by placing barriers or padding on hard surfaces and sharp corners.

• Once your child’s first teeth come in, clean them with a clean wipe or infant toothbrush, especially before your baby falls asleep. Now is the time to make an appointment with our practice for your baby’s first visit!

Ages 4-5

• Brush your child’s teeth twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. Use a “pea sized” amount of fluoridated toothpaste and an appropriate child’s toothbrush. Brushing right before bedtime is essential, as it decreases food debris in the mouth that can lead to cavities.

• In addition to twice-daily toothbrushing, start flossing your child’s teeth when any two teeth are touching.

• Maintain your child’s regular, six-month dental visits, for cleanings and check-ups. This routine can help keep your child’s mouth healthy and allow us to provide education and guidance on oral hygiene to them and you.

• Monitor your child’s snacking. Ideally, your child should have no more than three healthy snacks a day.

• Avoid sugary drinks and limit the amount of fruit juice your child drinks to less than six-ounces per day.

Ages 6-11

• Supervise your child’s home dental hygiene routine until they are at least seven or eight years old.

• Your child’s permanent teeth emerge when they’re about six years old. We will monitor the arrival and may suggest sealants to protect the new teeth.

• As your child’s permanent teeth arrive, early – also called interceptive or Phase I – orthodontic treatment may be recommended to ensure correct development. We will assess your child’s bite development and may refer them to an orthodontist for specialized care.

• If your child plays sports or enjoys activities that involve risk of contact, falls, or collisions, make sure they always wear a mouthguard to protect their permanent teeth. Preformed mouthguards can be purchased online or at sporting goods stores, or we can create a customized mouthguards specifically for your child.

Ages 11-15

• Encourage your teen to maintain their twice-daily proper brushing and flossing routine. This age group may require ongoing support and possible incentives to keep on top of their oral health.

• Many teenagers consume junk food, sodas, and sports and energy drinks. Teach your child about nutrition and encourage them to choose healthier options.

• Speak with us about sealants for the 12-year permanent molars. • Adolescents often have orthodontic treatment – either Phase 2 or comprehensive. We may refer them to an orthodontist for assessment and possible treatment.

• In their later teen years, we will evaluate your teenager for possible wisdom teeth extraction.

Preventive Care

By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with Smart Mouth Pediatric Dentistry, your child can help keep their smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Learn more...

Special Needs

We value the unique qualities of each young smile we treat, regardless of developmental disability or other healthcare issues. Whether your child’s condition is congenital, developmental, or the result of disease or trauma, we can provide guidance and raise awareness of his or her special dental care needs. Learn more...

Diet & Nutrition

In addition to oral hygiene and regular visits to our office, making sure your child eats a nutritious, balanced diet is vital for the development of strong, healthy teeth. Learn more...

Sports Dentistry

Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. One of the best ways to prevent injury to your child’s teeth and mouth is to have them wear a mouthguard while playing sports. Learn more...

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