- How to schedule your appointment?
Due to the individual needs of each patient and the varying duration of appointments and procedures, we ask that you call 320.257.3380 to schedule your appointment so that we can find a time that best suits the patient.
- How to prepare for the first visit. (link to the exam page with the video?)
Children are our priority at Dentistry for Children and their health and their experience is important to us. Every child is unique and has different strengths and different needs. We know not every visit will be an allout success but We work hard to create an environment for happy successful dental visits and when we cannot, we are working to build the trusting relationship needed for us to ultimately provide that happy, successful dental visit.
Prior to the first visit we encourage parents to avoid over-explaining the process to their children. Focus on positive language and keep it casual. Try to not use negative language (such as needles, shots and drill) and avoid using the possibility of cavities as a punishment for not brushing or food choices day-to-day. We want to keep it positive! The best advice is to keep the conversations simple and allow the experience to speak for itself.
- When should I begin brushing my baby’s teeth?
Establishing an oral care routine early prevents decay and helps your child more easily accept help with brushing once the first tooth appears. Be persistent. Establishing consistent and effective brushing is much easier and less expensive than addressing dental issues later.
Bacteria that contribute to tooth decay are present even before the first baby tooth arrives. After feedings – right from birth – wipe the inside of the baby’s mouth, including the tongue and gums, with a clean, soft cloth to remove leftover breast milk or formula.
Once the first tooth erupts, begin to brush at least twice daily. The most effective way to brush is with your baby lying down. Apply a smear (less than a rice-sized amount) of toothpaste to an age-appropriate, soft-bristled toothbrush. Lift baby’s lips to better see, angle the bristles toward the gums and move the brush in a circular motion along the gum line. Having a partner to help you with the brushing can sometimes make the experience quicker and more fun for the child.
- When should I take my child to their first dental visit?
We encourage you to find a pediatric dentist for your child as soon as the first tooth erupts. Seeing a pediatric dentist will help provide a dental home for your child should any dental issues arise. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday.
- How can I help encourage my child who is a reluctant brusher?
When brushing teeth is a normal part of the morning and nightly routine, children come to expect it. There may be times where your child may be more reluctant to brush, but remember that consistency is key.
Using a brushing chart for rewards might help encourage your child to brush. Get your Toothbrushing Tracker here to help encourage brushing at home. There are also a lot of great apps that can help make brushing fun! Here is a list of some resources that may help. The best advice we can give is to make it FUN!
- What type of insurance do we take?
We accept most dental insurance plans and are happy to help answer questions about your claims and coverage. If you provide current insurance information, we will file your dental claim as a courtesy to you. Some insurance companies cover only a portion of your visit. Please review your policy and benefits before your appointment so you are fully aware of any limitations. Although we are happy to help you estimate your share of treatment costs, we do not have a contract with your insurance company and can never guarantee what your insurance will or will not cover on each claim. We are currently in-network for Delta Dental and Health Partners benefit plans.
- Juice- is it ever appropriate?
The AAP recommends_. The AAPD recommends_. The _ recommends. The acidic nature of the juice in addition to the sugars (natural or otherwise) quickly causes carious lesions on primary teeth. The impact on the teeth can be more severe for children when juice is consumed frequently and/or for prolonged durations.
- What ages do you see patients?
We begin seeing patients from infancy through adolescence.
- What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
A pediatric dentist has two to three years of additional, specialty training after dental school. Their training focuses on pediatric growth and development, behavior management, in addition to providing oral healthcare and preventative guidance for children from infancy through adolescence, including patients with special needs.