My Journey in the Military

By Captain Laura A. (Dykstra) Aeschlimann. In 1998 I began attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to achieve my dream of becoming a pediatric dentist. During my first year of dental school, I decided to apply for an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (“HPSP”) scholarship to help defray some of the expenses […]

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What a rewarding experience! In February, Dr. A. along with her husband, mom, and ten others traveled to the country of Jamaica on a Christian Dental Mission Trip for a week. One of the main draws Dr. A. had to becoming a dentist was to be able to help others. A top reason the University […]

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

What happened to these teeth!? Why does this little 2-year-old’s teeth look like this? These are cavities, and they are a result of what is called “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.” One of the ways cavities can develop is when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars remain on the teeth for prolonged periods of time […]

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Laughing Gas…

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” can be very beneficial to help your child receive necessary dental care in a compassionate way. Laughing gas is a type of sedative agent that can help reduce anxiety as well as assist with pain control. A mask – we explain to the kids it’s like a […]

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Happy Halloween!

So… is Halloween and all the candy that comes with it a pediatric dentist’s worst nightmare or job security!? Believe it or not, we are most happy at ABC when at the end of a recare appointment we get to tell our patient, “Yay! You have NO CAVITIES!” Halloween candy can frighten us a little […]

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It is natural and developmentally appropriate for babies and infants to want to suck on a pacifier or on their thumb. Some kiddos can even be seen sucking on their thumb in the ultrasound images before they are born! Even Dr. A. used to be a thumb sucker. So, at what point does sucking on […]

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What is Fluoride?

Did you know?…that fluoride is a mineral that has been shown to help fight tooth decay? Fluoride helps strengthen enamel in order to help teeth resist acid attacks by cavity-causing bacteria – or “sugar bugs” as we call them at ABC. When your child brushes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, it helps to prevent […]

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MN Mission of Mercy

What a blessing my first day at the MN Mission of Mercy was! And a reminder of just why I feel God called me to be a pediatric dentist back when I was just 12 years old. I walked up to one of the makeshift dental treatment chairs and saw the cutest little boy having […]

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Seal Away Decay

The best way to handle cavities is to try to prevent them! That’s why we’re so excited about SEALANTS here at ABC Pediatric Dentistry. Sealants are a preventative measure we can use to try to help protect the back teeth (molars) from getting cavities in the deep grooves these teeth have…you know, the place where […]

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Going to the OR

It’s never easy for a parent to have their child need to go under general anesthesia for surgery, but it’s such a huge relief when the surgery is over and the care your child needed in the OR is complete, making your child healthier and happier in the long run. Last week Dr. A.’s son […]

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