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Meet Dr. Mitchell Loeb, Our New Dentist

The team at Dentistry for Children is thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest dentist, Dr. Mitchell Loeb. Dr. Loeb will be joining our team all the way from Portland, Oregon, this summer! Originally from Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Loeb received his Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University. After graduating from KSU, he went

A Good Book Can Make You Smile

At Dentistry for Children, oral health is about more than just clean teeth and healthy gums—it’s also about creating reasons to smile. We believe one of the best ways to inspire imagination and happiness in children is through reading, so we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite grin-inducing books. Enjoy! Little Blue

Meet Ashley, Our Dental Assistant

If anyone can empathize with kids who feel apprehensive about visiting the dentist, our dental assistant Ashley can. Long before she discovered a passion for working in oral health, she feared the dentist’s chair. She’s quick to point out that those childhood fears help her to be more understanding of the kids she works with

A Healthy Mouth Begins Before Birth

My life irrevocably changed when my wife Lindsey gave birth to our first child, Benjamin. As a pediatric dentist, I have spent countless hours studying oral health and caring for other people’s children. Pediatric dentistry is my passion—one that’s even more meaningful to me now that I have a child of my own. Pregnancy, birth

Tooth Be Told: Dental Care Resources for Parents

From kid-friendly videos to dental trauma guidelines, the list below includes our favorite dental health resources for parents. Use the information and tips you find here to help your children develop great habits and create beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime! 2min2x.org This website helps parents encourage their children to brush for two minutes,

Keep Calm and Handle the Dental Emergency

Dental traumas are often much harder on parents than they are on kids. When an accident or dental emergency occurs or an issue arises, it’s best to call your pediatric dentist right away. They’ll help you figure out how to respond and keep your child comfortable until staff are available to provide care, and if

Good Snack Foods for More Than Great Thoughts

“I WANT A SNACK!” Parents everywhere hear this chorus from their children often throughout the day, especially now that summer is in full swing and families are taking a break from normal school schedules to enjoy outdoor sports, evening bonfires and weekend trips to the lake. Families need these more relaxed times. They give parents

Meet Shannon, Our Patient Care Coordinator

“She’s friends with everyone.” That’s often the first thing colleagues and family will tell you about Shannon. Although they tease her for “knowing someone everywhere she goes,” they’re quick to point out she’s so much more than just funny and social—she’s a woman who cares deeply for others. A hometown girl with roots firmly planted

Patient Success Stories: Teeth Whitening

Parents often start to ask about teeth whitening when their children reach the age of about eight or nine. That’s the time when permanent upper incisors (four in front) begin to appear. The enamel quality of permanent teeth is different, so they sometimes seem yellow next to the chalky whiteness of baby teeth. As a

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

Meet Tricia, Our Dental Assistant

Tricia joined our team as a registered and certified dental assistant in 2012 after graduating with her Associate of Applied Science degree from St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Her teammates say she’s “organized,” “willing to pitch in wherever needed” and “quick on her feet”—which isn’t surprising, given that she’s been tapping, pirouetting and high

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

  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

Bad Breath Blues: Tips and Tricks for Kids

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