Dental x-rays will be taken as needed during your child’s routine cleaning appointments to check for
cavities in between their teeth, survey erupting teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate the results of an injury, or plan orthodontic treatment. All of our x-ray equipment is digital and uses much less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, and your child will also wear a lead body apron. If you have any concerns about x-rays for your child, please discuss them with our staff.
Routine dental cleanings and exams are important for your child to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent decay and disease. Your daily home care is also critical, but the professional cleanings remove mineralized plaque that can develop despite good brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach.
Following the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that your child see us for a cleaning and exam once every six months. These preventative appointments typically last between 30 minutes to an hour, and parents are always welcome to come back to the treatment area or wait in the lobby. Most older children do better when mom or dad don’t come back, and they enjoy the opportunity to be independent. Our staff will let you know if they feel your child is ready for this exciting milestone.
During the appointment, your child’s teeth will be polished to remove plaque (and scaled if necessary to remove tartar/calculus). He or she will get to pick a fun toothpaste flavor like cookie dough or bubble gum, and they will get to watch a kid-friendly movie overhead.
In addition to the cleaning, your child will also receive a concentrated fluoride treatment to help their teeth stay strong. We use a paint on a fluoride varnish that tastes like sweet strawberries, and you will need to wait at least 6 hours before you brush your child’s teeth at home.
The chewing surfaces of children’s teeth are the most susceptible to cavities with their deep pits and grooves. Sealants are applied to the tops of chewing surfaces of molar teeth and are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. The application process is simple and usually takes five or ten minutes. The teeth that will be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and dried, and then the chewing surfaces are roughened with an etching solution that helps the sealants adhere to the teeth. Next the sealant is “painted” onto the tooth and a special curing light bonds and hardens it. Sealants last for several years, and will be checked and touched up as necessary at your child’s future appointments.
Getting sealants is not painful and most children have no problem with the process. They just have to stay still and have their mouth propped open with a “tooth pillow” while the sealants are being applied. In children who have high dental anxiety or a strong gag reflex, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be administered during the sealant process to help them relax. These treatments are very affordable, especially in light of the decay protection it offers your child.
I was nervous about the "unknowns" of tongue tie, and why breastfeeding was so painful for me. Dr. Darcy and her amazing staff are warm, welcoming and professional from the start! I felt comfortable and informed the whole time.
Today, I took all three of my kids here. My middle has had horrible experiences at the dentists and hates going, but they made him so comfortable.
Dr. Michelle is amazing with my son. He has autism and his first few visits were not very successful. They have gotten a little better with each appointment, thanks to the patience, kindness and flexibility shown by Riverdale.
St. Croix Kidds is the place to go to help kids feel good about the dentist. All of the staff are caring and responsive to questions or dental concerns. The dentists are thorough and positive. My kids look forward to their six-month check ups.
The staff was friendly and the office is kid friendly. They were very good with both my kids. Happy with our experience and will be happy to call them our dentist.
I scheduled appointments for all 3 of my kids at the same time. We were in and out in about 20 minutes! The staff here is incredible! We recently moved 45 minutes away, but I continue to bring my children here.
Such a great dentist! Between the environment, to the care they give kids it’s a great experience every time! They understand kids fears and make it an enjoyable experience every visit. Highly recommend for kids on the spectrum.
The staff here is amazing and super friendly. Dr. Tyler was amazing with my son today. Most patient office I’ve ever walked into. I am definitely pleased with our service today and can’t wait to go back.
I took my infant son for evaluation of a tongue tie. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming over looking the St. Croix river. The staff is kind compassuonate and you can tell they really love what they do.
Wow! Great staff, Amanda was amazing and helped my son feel at ease. She is very good at her job and obviously loves working with kids. Dr. Megan was great!
Our first experience at this office fantastic! He let them do everything! They were so patient and explained everything before they did it! It was my Littles first appointment at the dentist and she loved every minute! Great experience.
Had a great day with my two boys at St. Croix Kidds. They were both very engaged in their appointments and the Assistants and Dr. Darcy explained the procedures well. I would highly recommend this pediatric office.
Amazing dentist office for kids! All the staff were so friendly and engaged with my son. The office decor and all the staff's positive happiness was so wonderfully kid-centered. They were patient and caring.
We just had our first appt here and WOW!!! Love the office and the staff is all so nice. The dentist we saw is spectacular!
Friendly staff, easy to make appointments especially in an emergency! The kids like that they can watch a movie while having their teeth worked on.
Today was my 3 year old son's 1st visit to the dentist. I was very impressed with how they interacted with my son and how they made it fun. I will definitely recommend this dentist office.
Friendly, caring and curteous staff. Never feel pressure to "do more." And we are in and out in a flash. Love this place! And so do my kids!
Super welcoming staff, great dental assistant and dentist! The office is clean and had tons of things for kids to do. We were really happy with the experience overall and would definitely recommend this office to anyone!
St.Croix Kidds is amazing! The staff is very friendly, patient and make dentist visits fun! My boys (5yr and 3yrs) love going and always walk away with a smile!
The kids and I love the staff here. They have my kids comfortable in going to the dentist and they are very clear before and after what is being done or needs to be done. Thank you all for a wonderful job!
My toddler actually likes going to the dentist! I don't know if it's the way they talk to him, how the office is sooo kid friendly (movies, horse saddle, etc), or the fact he knows he gets a brand new toothbrush and toy to pick himself!
Dr. Megan and her team at New Richmond were amazing today! My son had to have sedation dental work completed. They were understanding of my sons needs and took great care of mom as well.