Children's Dentistry

Our office regularly cares for the dental needs of children as young as three years old. However, if you notice that your child has a problem with her teeth or gums earlier, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. You may also want to bring your little one to your dental checkup around age two to introduce her to the sights, sounds, and the friendly team in our Chaska dental office! We can’t wait to put your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth.

What To Expect At Your Child’s First Checkup

Your child's independent checkup at age three will involve a tooth-by-tooth inspection and a periodontal exam. The dentist will check for proper development, as well as tooth decay and other areas of concern. It is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your child’s dental health.

Some questions to ask during this visit include:

  • How often should I clean my child’s teeth?
  • What toothpaste should we use? And what about floss?
  • Could my child benefit from extra fluoride exposure?
  • Are there any extra steps I can take to prevent cavities and infection in my child’s smile?

Make a list of any questions you have for your dentist so you don’t leave with any remaining doubts.

Prevention Is Crucial for Children

Prevention starts early. In fact, you should clean your baby’s gums before any teeth even erupt. Run a warm, wet washcloth over your child’s gums after each feeding to clean away any sugars leftover from formula or milk. When teeth erupt, begin brushing with a rice-sized bit of toothpaste. Begin using a pea sized amount by age three. As soon as teeth touch each other, add dental floss to the routine. Do not add a mouthrinse until you are sure your child can rinse.

As your child grows, she will need regular checkups and hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health. Our team will also teach oral homecare techniques so to instill better brushing and flossing habits, with your help at first, then on his or her own. Your little one will have developed the dexterity to brush and floss by age six or seven, but that doesn’t mean some spots won’t be missed. Make sure you are monitoring your child’s dental hygiene habits until you are sure she is doing an excellent job, every single time.

Dental Fluoride Treatments

Children’s teeth are most vulnerable to cavities between ages six and 14. During this period, fluoride treatments provide extra prevention to protect the tooth enamel from decay.

Fluoride treatments performed at the end of each checkup and cleaning provide an extra dose of the enamel-strengthening mineral throughout childhood.

Developing Healthy Habits at Home

In addition to helping your child brush twice a day and floss daily, develop healthy eating habits for better oral health. Limit her soda pop intake, and help her understand the impact that sugar and sweet treats have on the teeth and gums. Limit candy consumption to the kitchen to reduce mindless snacking and to keep your little one from falling asleep with candy in her mouth -- a significant cause of tooth decay in young ones.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today!

Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. In some cases, we refer children to pedodontists, who are specialists in children's dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious personality.Schedule an appointment with the family dentist in Chaska today!

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

Fantastic dental experience! The office staff have always treated me with respect and care. Dr. Swingdorf is the best dentist I've ever seen. Highly recommend! - Ross N.

Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

The receptionists are helpful and courteous, the hygienists are patient, gentle, knowledgeable and very nice. We've been coming here for years and have no intentions on going anywhere else.

One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

Tom, Thank you so much for your honesty & integrity. I had no idea of your warranty or even that this tooth had been worked on before or when. This will not go unnoticed in the community. I've already told several people of your honesty and quality of work & will continue to do so. - Luke

Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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