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Protect Permanent Molars With Sealants

Permanent molars usually start to surface and settle in around age six—right about the same time that parents are trying to give kids more control over their brushing. Unlike baby teeth, which are fairly flat, these permanent teeth have much deeper and more pronounced grooves that hang onto food, plaque and other gunk in the

The Tooth Fairy is a Businesswoman With a Briefcase

If you ask eight-year-old Vivian about the Tooth Fairy, she has plenty to say…and draw. In fact, her artwork was the winner of our February Tooth Fairy Tales contest on Facebook. “I think of the Tooth Fairy as a businesswoman because she has to be professional to get all of the teeth, and she needs

Patient Success Stories: Anterior Crossbite

One of the issues we frequently encounter as we partner with parents and families in dental care is anterior crossbite — a situation that occurs when one or more of the top teeth sit behind the bottom teeth as a child bites down. In most cases, anterior crossbite is caused by the over-retention of baby

Meet Denise, Our Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Took Picture with his Dog

Denise got her start with Dentistry for Children as an intern while attending Central Lakes College—we valued her open friendliness and willingness to pitch in wherever needed so much that we just couldn’t let her get away! A member of our team since 2005, Denise is a registered and certified dental assistant, knowledgeable in conscious sedation and

Bad Breath Blues: Tips and Tricks for Kids

Girl having Bad Breathing smell

Bad breath happens to all of us—even our healthy children—and it can be every bit as unpleasant and embarrassing for them, too. While the food they just ate (think garlic or onions) may be a contributing factor, it’s just as likely that other reasons are to blame for their bad breath blues. Offering mints or

Sink Your Teeth Into These Oral Care Guidelines

Girl Brushing teeth

As soon as the first tooth pokes through your child’s gums, you should begin to implement an oral care routine in the morning and evening. Every child is unique and responds to toothbrushing and flossing differently. You may encounter resistance from time to time as your child grows and develops personality, but the struggle will feel totally worth

Sweet Tips for Your Spooky Night

Halloween can be a seriously spooky holiday for moms and dads trying to teach their children how to live happy-but healthy-lives. Allowing your little superheroes, princesses and goblins some freedom, while instilling good habits, can feel incredibly overwhelming. Have no fear! If you follow the simple tips below, you’ll help your kids experience all of

Meet Aleida, Our Practice Administrator

With over 25 years of experience in customer service, management, and human resources, Aleida ensures that the offices of Dentistry for Children run smoothly. As the Practice Administrator, she was the very first employee Dr. Dennis hired when he started his practice almost 11 years ago. Since then the practice has expanded to include four

The Pacifier Conundrum

When feeding, rocking, snuggling and singing just aren’t soothing your little one, a pacifier can be an easy and convenient way to provide comfort and security. But whether or not to use a pacifier is an agonizing decision for many parents of toddlers and infants because so much conflicting information about this topic exists. As

Start the School Year Right

Dentistry for Children and PineCone Vision Center have teamed up to help fulfill the needs of Sartell-St. Stephen Schools, and we’d like you to join us! Bring your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to enjoy a great morning of fun, fabulous prizes and so much more! Each participant will receive an award and a runner’s

Better Than a Kick in the Teeth

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 7 million sports- and recreation-related injuries occur each year, and over half of them are experienced by children. Hospitals, for example, Medical City Kids Orthopedics (visit their website here for the statistics), see thousands of children every year with these kinds of injuries, and

Meet the Kids

You’ve no doubt seen the cute kid drawings in our logo, but did you know they were inspired by real children in Dr. Dennis’ life? We invite you to meet them! Tatsuhiro Koonichiwa! My name is Tatsuhiro. I was a patient of Dr. Dennis’ when he was a United States Air Force pediatric dentist in Misawa,

Chew On This

Gum may actually support and promote good oral health. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS One, chewing gum for up to 10 minutes can remove as much as 10 percent of the bacteria from your saliva. In addition to trapping bacteria, gum chewing dramatically increases saliva flow, which neutralizes acids, efficiently