Snacks, Snacks, Snacks!

Diet is the number one factor that leads to the development of cavities in children. Therefore, knowing a couple important snack time tips can help avoid toothaches and extra trips to the dentist. As parents, we are taught to help our kids brush their teeth twice daily and avoid sugary foods (like juice and candy). But, did you know that crackers can cause cavities too?


That’s right, crackers! The bacteria that cause cavities need foods high in carbohydrates to survive and the longer these foods stay in the mouth, the higher chance that these bacteria will stick around and cause tooth decay. Foods like crackers, dry cereal, and pretzels are very sticky and breakdown from complex carbohydrates to simple sugars that cavity-causing bacteria love. While crackers, dry cereal, and pretzels may be healthier snack choices compared to other options, they are unfortunately not healthy for teeth.


Here’s a simple rule I follow: If I, as a parent, have to dig the food out of my teeth after eating it (with either my tongue or fingernail), I do not give it to my kids for a snack. They will not dig it out of the grooves in their teeth and it will just sit there dissolving into sugar for cavity-causing bacteria to eat.


Unfortunately, this does eliminate a lot of very convenient snacks, but it does help add some other great foods into your child’s diet. Here are some favorite (and still convenient) snack choices*:


·     Veggies with hummus 

·     Cheese slices

·     Yogurt

·     Fresh fruit

·     Wholegrain bread or toast

·     Bagel with cream cheese

·     Cheese quesadilla

·     Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.)

·     Leftovers – make snack-time a mini meal


Take a sip of water after every meal or snack.

Avoid grazing on any food or beverages besides water between meals and snack-times.


* Remember to choose age-appropriate snacks. Whole grapes and nuts are common choking hazards for children under 3 years old. Be sure to slice grapes lengthwise or in quarters. Veggies should be cooked for younger children and sliced. Follow your pediatrician’s recommendations for the size and consistency of foods that your child can eat as well as number of recommended snacks for your child.

Carrots and hummus can be a tooth-healthy snack.

Carrots and hummus can be a tooth-healthy snack.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a warm and delightful Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

In celebration of the holiday, our office will be closed from Wednesday, November 21st through November 25th. We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, November 26th.

Warm wishes and Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nicole!

This August, we will welcome our new associate pediatric dentist, Dr. Nicole Youngers!

Dr. Nicole is pediatric dentist who has a strong passion for helping children. She is an Iowa native, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She continued on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Following graduation, she practiced as a general dentist for eight years in Medford and Sisters, Oregon. Her love of children brought her back to school where she completed her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at University of Iowa College of Dentistry. 

Dr. Youngers is passionate about providing quality dental care for children and those with special health care needs. She strives to make every dental visit a comfortable experience. She hopes to help promote a lifetime of good oral and dental care to her patients while establishing a trusting relationship with her patients and their families.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. Together they enjoy spending time outside, biking, boating, camping, and skiing. They are looking forward to calling Rochester home. 


Welcome 2018

Rochester Pediatric Dentistry wishes you and your family warm wishes for 2018. Please let us know how we can make 2018 even better than 2017!  We have even more exciting plans in store for 2018, so please bookmark this page and check back often to find out our plans for the year ahead!

Happy New Year!

RPD Team

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More Exciting Changes to Rochester Pediatric Dentistry!

Laughing girl with a blue hat.

Laughing girl with a blue hat.

The first few months in our new location are going great and we are excited to be surrounded by a large, bright, and fun-filled facility. We enjoy watching our patients play video games, drive “Molley the Trolley” and use the token they earned to get a toy!

Two wonderful new dentists are joining the Rochester Pediatric Dentistry Team this month. Dr. Lindsay Bedeaux and Dr. Jessica Kennedy are highly accomplished, empathetic, skilled in working with children of all ages, and share Dr. Jones’s philosophy on patient-centered care. Check out the “Our Team” section of the website for their detailed bios and photos.

Another great change with the addition of these wonderful doctors is additional hours on Fridays from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM. We are excited to add these hours to accommodate our patients’ busy schedules.

Dr. Kelly Jones is excited to expand her family and will take maternity leave this summer. She will still be actively involved during her leave and will be available as necessary. Dr. Kelly appreciates your support as she takes some time for her family and looks forward to returning in the fall to serve your family’s dental care needs.

Thank you for choosing Rochester Pediatric Dentistry! We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit!


The Rochester Pediatric Dentistry Team

Tips for Infant Oral Care

Life can be busy enough with an infant, it can be hard to also remember what needs to be done to keep that mouth healthy!  Here are some tips for your baby’s oral care:

          -Get in the habit of wiping your infant’s mouth out with a wet washcloth after feedings.

-Begin brushing two times per day with a soft toothbrush when the first tooth erupts, usually around 6-9 months of age.

-Be sure to lift the upper lip when brushing. Cavity-causing plaque typically sits along the gum line, focus on this area when brushing.

-Put your child to bed with clean teeth.  Only water after nighttime brushing.

-Avoid breast or bottle feeding on-demand or thru the night once the child is eating solid foods.

-Keep food and drink intake to specific feeding times. Avoid grazing and prolonged bottle feeding.

-Make your first dental appointment for your child by age 1.


For more information, visit the “Dental Care” Section on our website.

Photograph of a baby boy being thrown in the air

Photograph of a baby boy being thrown in the air

We are so thankful this holiday season!

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Cartoon image of a turkey

Thank you!

At Rochester Pediatric Dentistry, we are so thankful for the wonderful patients that walk into our office every day. We are so happy to be able to serve your children’s needs and our hearts are warmed by the gratitude we have seen in return. Thank you for the trust you put in us; we always strive to EXCEED your expectations.

Happy Thanksgiving.

-The Rochester Pediatric Dentistry Team

Big Changes Ahead for Rochester Pediatric Dentistry!

As you may have already heard, Rochester Pediatric Dentistry will be moving in the spring of 2017 to a new, state-of-the-art facility. This move will give us three-times more space! There will also be tons of fun stuff for the kids like video games and play areas.

Cartoon image of a moving truck

Cartoon image of a moving truck

Our new location will be 1705 S. Broadway, right next to Mr. Pizza South and across from the new Flapdoodles. We will keep everyone updated on the timeline for the move. We can’t wait for you to see the finished office!

-The Rochester Pediatric Dentistry Team


Television Sets Installed!

We have just installed television screens above all of our dental chairs and will now be showing your children's favorite shows and films during their visits! Our patients find this to be a great way to forget about their dental fears and focus their attention towards their favorite characters. Feel free to stop back in our opratory and check it out.

** An umbrella policy has been obtained from the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to comply with Title 17 of the U.S. Copyright Act § 101**

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Cartoon image of a television

Happy Holidays

Wow! It has already been 1 year since we opened the doors to our practice and we couldn't be happier.  Thanks to our loyal patients, friends, and families, our office has thrived. In just the last 12 months, we have been able to make so many improvements including:

- Completely digitizing our dental records to allow for secure, seamless transitions of care and transfer of information

- Upgraded our X-ray equipment to a completely digital system that allows for lower radiation emissions, including our Panorex machine!

- Installed new, state-of-the-art, sterilization equipment to ensure patient safety

- Expanded our team to optimize patient care and deliver more individualized attention

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Cartoon image of a peace dove

Many thanks to our loyal patients and their families.  We are very grateful to have you as part of our dental family.  We cannot wait to see what 2016 holds!

Wishing you a warm, safe, and very happy New Year.

Your friends at Rochester Pediatric Dentistry

Keep your child's teeth happy this Halloween

With all of the treats and candy around this Fall season, it's easy to let the "tooth monsters" come out to play.  Remember, the following tips:

- Tooth brushing following candy consumption with a fluoride containing toothpaste keeps the cavity causing "tooth monsters" at bay

- Limit candy consumption to one sitting, rather than coating your child's teeth with sugar several times throughout day

- Water is always a preferred beverage to sugary drinks and sodas

- Visit us every 6 months for regular check ups to avoid worsening cavities and pain causing infections

The staff at Rochester Pediatric Dentistry wishes you a safe Halloween.

Image of a jack-o-lantern with big teeth

Image of a jack-o-lantern with big teeth

When summer gets busy, don’t forget about those teeth!

The summer is in full swing here at Rochester Pediatric Dentistry and we know that kids’ schedules are packed with a variety of fun activities.  Without the typical school day, our routines often change but we want to remind you to not forget about those teeth.  In several studies, daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste has shown to reduce cavity formation by 20-40% in children. 

Here are some helpful brushing tips:

-Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times per day.

-Assist children under 8 with their brushing and monitor older children to make sure all of the plaque has been removed from their teeth.

-When brushing your child’s teeth, lift their lip and brush right along the gumline—this is where plaque first begins to form daily.

-Floss anywhere teeth are in contact once per day.

We hope everyone has a fun-filled summer.  Remember your toothbrush on those summer getaways and your teeth will thank you!

Cartoon of a toothbrush that says "smile" on its handle

Cartoon of a toothbrush that says "smile" on its handle

Kidabaloo -- 2015

Please join the Rochester Pediatric Dentistry team at Kidabaloo 2015!

We have lots of T-shirts, prizes and great dental health activities to share!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 out at the UCR Regional Sports Center on the campus of Rochester Community & Technical College, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Tickets for this year’s event are on sale now. Make sure to get yours ASAP! We look forward to seeing you at Kidabaloo here in Rochester this spring!

First dental visit…when and why?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist by age 1. These early visits are important for setting your child’s dental health in a positive direction. At these first visits, important individualized oral health information is given to parents to help prevent dental problems now and in the future. A dental home is also established so the child has a dentist available in the event of dental trauma or other dental concerns.

Check out a recent post by the AAPD on this topic:

At Rochester Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first visit at this young age (age 1-2) will include a dental exam by Dr. Kelly and a toothbrush cleaning and fluoride varnish by our certified dental hygienist, Amanda. You will sit with your child in your lap during the appointment. Amanda and Dr. Kelly will show you various oral hygiene techniques and give you recommendations for the proper use of fluoride toothpaste. We know that brushing your child’s teeth at this age can be challenging, so we will give you some tips to make the process easier. We will also evaluate your child’s diet and give recommendations to prevent tooth decay.

We look forward to meeting you and your child! 

Why a Pediatric Dentist?

People frequently ask why they should take their children to a pediatric dentist rather than a general dentist.  Although general dentists are qualified to treat children, pediatric dentists have two to three years of additional training in the care of children and limit their practice solely to the care of infants, kids, teens and adolescents.  In this way, they dedicate their careers to children and are well equipped to treat simple and complex pediatric dental problems.

Pediatric dentists are specialists and can be thought of as the pediatricians of dentistry.  At Rochester Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Kelly is board-certified in pediatric dentistry, meaning that she successfully completed both the written and oral examinations set forth by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).

Grand Opening

Dear patients,

Welcome to Rochester Pediatric Dentistry!  We are so glad to join the wonderful southern Minnesota dental community.

As many of our patient's have heard, Dr. Thomas Sitzer, D.D.S has retired after a fruitful career.  Dr. Kelly Jones, who has been working for Dr. Sitzer for the past 18 months, will now be continuing his practice.  Dr. Kelly is thrilled to transition the practice under the new name of Rochester Pediatric Dentistry.  Rest assured that Rochester Pediatric Dentistry will continue to provide Minnesota kids with the high-quality dental care they deserve.

We have many changes planned for the future as the transition to Rochester Pediatric Dentistry is completed.  Please mind the construction and added noise over the next couple of months as the following changes are implemented::

- A conversion to a completely electronic medical record

- Digital X-rays, to allow for easy transfer of images as necessary

- New office furniture, flooring and decor

- A new website, which will soon allow you to make payments online

Thank you for your continuing support; we greatly appreciate the privilege of having you as a patient!


Dr. Kelly and the Rochester Pediatric Dentistry team.

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