Pediatric Dentistry - All About Smiles MN

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Rynders is a dedicated dental specialist who is committed to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years.  Young children, pre-teens, and teenagers require a different approach in managing their behavior, and in guiding their dental growth and development.  Dr. Rynders takes great pride in educating his younger patients to ensure life-long, healthy choices and prevent dental problems into adulthood.  To achieve recognition as a pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Rynders completed two years of advanced education beyond dental school.

In addition to his special training, which allows him to perform the most up-to-date and through treatment for a wide variety of children’s dental needs, Dr. Rynders also completes more than the required continuing education hours each year.  He is trained and well qualified to treat children who may have special needs including emotional, physical, or mental handicaps.  Because of this specialized training and commitment to comprehensive oral health, many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist to treat their children.


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Total Health Care

Dr. Rynders is concerned about a child’s total health care and good oral health is an important part of total health. To help your child stay healthy, Dr. Rynders often works with pediatricians, other physicians, and other dental specialists.

Dr. Rynders is an important part of the child’s health care team.


As children become teenagers, their attitude toward dental care may change. Their appearance and self-image are very important to them; decayed teeth or poorly positioned teeth or jaws make them very self-conscious. Teens are also eating frequently. Snacking on foods and pop tend to become a major part of their regular diet.

Dr. Rynders has been taught techniques to manage the specific needs of teens. Techniques to deal with behavior, to restore and guide teeth, and to teach preventive dental care are designed with the teen in mind. When Dr. Rynders has followed your child from early youth into the teen years, he can subtly change the approach to the child’s own special needs in a sensitive, caring and professional manner.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay (cavities or caries) is a progressive disease which often begins in very young children. Decay is a result of the interaction between bacteria which are normally on our teeth and sugars in the every day diet. The bacteria use those sugars to produce acids. A tooth exposed to this acid will lose minerals, and that loss is the first step toward tooth decay. Dr. Rynders can use modern materials such as tooth-colored or silver fillings to restore the tooth to a healthy state. If tooth damage is severe, there may be nerve damage and a stainless steel crown might be required.

This is a stainless steel crown placed on a tooth that was badly decayed. This photo shows silver fillings.  Dr. Rynders also offers the latest white resin fillings.

Dr. Rynders is familiar with treatment techniques required by extensive tooth decay and can employ medications that control discomfort and alleviate your child’s apprehension about treatment. Currently, there is a lot of research being done on how to prevent dental decay and other forms of disease. Visiting Dr. Rynders early in the child’s growing years can help avoid unnecessary decay and dental treatment later.

This child has badly decayed teeth at a very early age.


The prevention of dental disease is an important consideration during the first few visits. Dr. Rynders will discuss gum diseases and explain how to avoid them or how to minimize damage if it already has started. He and his staff will discuss a program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet control, and the importance of the use of fluorides.

He also may discuss nursing decay (bottle-mouth syndrome), a pattern of decay associated with prolonged nursing. The teeth in a child who either sleeps with a bottle or who nurses frequently can develop a type of decay that attacks quite rapidly. The upper front teeth and then the upper and lower back teeth decay rapidly and all of the baby teeth may be destroyed if the condition is not detected and corrected early enough. To prevent nursing caries, Dr. Rynders recommends that a child be weaned by approximately 12 months of age.

Decay Prevention Using Sealants

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that our office may apply to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Because the back teeth have depressions and grooves on their chewing surfaces, they are difficult or impossible to clean. As you can see from the picture below, the sealant forms a coating or barrier to protect the tooth from bacteria and bits of food. By protecting the depressions and grooves with a coating of sealant, our office can dramatically reduce the risk of decay for children and teens.

The tooth on the left is not sealed. The tooth on the right has a white-shaded sealant.


Importance of Primary Teeth

It is very important that primary teeth are kept until they are lost naturally. They serve a number of important functions. They help maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly. They are important in allowing good pronunciation and speech habits; and they help your child feel good about the way he/she looks to others.

Primary teeth also help guide the proper eruption of the permanent teeth. When primary teeth are lost too early, the space that is left should be maintained by a “space maintainer” to ensure that there will be enough room for the permanent teeth when they erupt. Dr. Rynders has the knowledge required to apply both preventive and corrective techniques which will maintain the health of your child’s teeth. Many times he can make a correction that can eliminate major dental work later.

This model illustrates how the baby teeth act as natural space maintainers for the developing permanent teeth. When the baby teeth are lost too early, a space maintainer should be placed to preserve the space for the developing permanent teeth, otherwise the permanent teeth will be crowded and not have room in the mouth.


Hospital Dentistry

Dr, Rynders is on staff at Unity Hospital in Fridley.  About two or three times a month, he sees young children and others who have trouble cooperating in the office (because of special needs or dental fear) in the hospital operating room.  Here he can restore any and all teeth that need treatment (including root canal treatment) in one appointment while the patient is “sleeping” under general anesthesia.


For Parents

Pediatric dentists encourage early treatment for children.


Fun Things for Kids to Do!

Color a dental picture and bring it in to our office!
Teeth Games for Kids

Contact Us

All About Smiles, Inc.
1611 County Highway 10
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
Phone (763) 717-3989
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Registration Forms

For new patients, save time and complete your registration form before your visit.

Pediatric Registration Form
Adult Registration Form
Information of Privacy Practices Notification

Payment & Insurance

You can pay for your office co-pays and any treatments by cash, check, credit or debit card at the time of treatment. We also accept most major dental insurances.

To discuss your payment options or insurance coverage, please call Luanne at
(763) 717-3989.


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