Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Inver Grove Heights, MN

Answers in a Flash

Parents (rightfully) ask our team a lot of questions every day concerning their children’s dental health, and we’re always ready to answer them. We’ve gone ahead and responded to some popular questions below, but if there is anything else you’d like to know, you’re more than welcome to give us a call.


When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

Dr. Strumpf recommends that a child should receive their first dental exam right after their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday. Even at this early stage, he can make sure that your child’s teeth and mouth are developing correctly and also provide tips on how you can take care of your child’s growing smile.

Why should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist?

In order to become a pediatric dentist, Dr. Strumpf had to graduate from dental school like all general dentists, but then he completed a multi-year residency that focused just on taking care of children. He has extensive experience working with young patients compared to a general dentist and is more familiar with the rapid oral development that children go through. He can also work with children with special needs, which often aren’t able to visit your average children's dental office.

How often should my child go to the dentist?

On average, a child should visit the dentist about twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. This is often enough that our team will be able to spot and take care of most issues before they have time to turn into major problems. Of course, if your child develops a toothache or breaks a tooth, you can go ahead and bring them to us right away!

Should my child use a manual or electric toothbrush?

Both types of brushes are great at removing cavity-causing plaque, so it really comes down to your child’s personal preference. Typically, manual brushes are better suited for younger children who are still learning how to brush, and once they are older, they can upgrade to an electric brush (though they don’t have to!). As long as your child is brushing twice a day for two minutes each, they’re in good shape.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

The answer is most likely yes, as Mighty Molars Pediatric Dental is able to work with most PPO dental insurance plans. To see how your child’s care will be covered, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to go over your benefits with you so you know what to expect.

 I don’t have dental insurance. Is there another way to pay for my child’s care?

Yes! You can finance the cost of their treatments with CareCredit, which offers many low-to-no interest plans. You can learn more and even sign up through our website—just visit our For Patients page.