Welcome to Dentistry for Children & Adolescents!

Providing Children's Dentistry in Burnsville, Minnetonka and Edina, MN

At Dentistry for Children & Adolescents, we have been committed to providing children with the highest standard of pediatric dental care in and around the Edina, Burnsville and Minnetonka, Minnesota areas, including Maple Grove and St. Cloud since 1968!  Our professionally trained pediatric dentists, along with our team do all they can to make your children's dental experience as pleasant as possible. We believe that with good oral home care, routine dental visits, and preventive procedures, your children can grow up cavity-free. We see patients from infancy through the age of 18 and are specialized in treating children with special needs - making us the perfect 'dental home' for your children!

COVID-19 Enhancements!!

  • Please click on the COVID Patient Visit Video below to see how we continue to keep you, your children and their teeth HEALTHY!

COVID-19 Protocols

Our History

Current News

2021 Dental Sustainability Award

We are honored to receive the 2021 Dental Sustainability Award!
  • We purchase Eco Score rated supplies to further protect the environment and the health of our patients and team.
  • We choose vendors that donate a portion of their profits to environmental causes in partnership with CarbonFund.org. In 2021, our practice helped plant 54 trees with the reforestation project!
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    Meet Dr. Michele Tafoya!

    Dr Michele TafoyaIt is with great pleasure that we introduce our new associate, Dr. Michele Tafoya. Dr. Michele joins our practice with an outstanding educational and professional background.

    Dr. Michele Tafoya earned her dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2003. Prior to specializing in Pediatrics, she practiced general dentistry for 8 years. She served in the United States Air Force as Captain treating military active duty and their dependents.

    Following her military service, she served as lead dentist at Enterprise Community Healthcare Center, an affiliate of University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 2009, Dr. Michele began her training at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Pediatric Residency Program and served as Chief Resident her senior year. Upon moving to Minnesota after a two-year stint in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Michele taught as adjunct faculty at University of Minnesota School of Dentistry pediatric pre-dental and post-graduate residency department.

    Dr. Michele is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and board certified with Diplomate status with American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Michele is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Minnesota Dental Association. She has privileges to treat children at Children’s Minnesota Hospital.

    Dr. Michele resides in Edina, MN with her husband Chris, and two boys. When she is not practicing dentistry, she can be found walking her pup, Ginsburg, at a local dog park. During her downtime, she likes to spend time with friends and family. Her hobbies include: learning about cultures and foods, reading, cooking, traveling, skiing, running and riding her stationary bike.

    Dr. Tafoya’s enthusiasm as well as her professional background will be a great asset to our practice. She will practice primarily at our Burnsville clinic and will begin treating patients as of April 2022. Please join us in welcoming her to our practice!


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    Summer GuideTwin Cities Mom Collective Health Guide & Ultimate Guide to Summer

    We are a proud sponsor of the Twin Cites Mom Collective Health Guide and the Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Twin Cities! In the Collective Health Guide you will find a wealth of resources for you from OB’s and Doulas, to shopping and Pediatric specialists of all kinds. The Ultimate Guide to Summer will be your go-to for all things summer! Enjoy!

    New Patients:

    We are accepting new patients. We care for children from infancy through the age of 19 - please contact us today!

    hum Kids Augmented Reality Toothbrush

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    The hum kids by Colgate Smart Manual Kids Toothbrush uses Augmented Reality to guide kids to brush better.

    • Game experiences make brushing fun, while helping your child learn good lifelong brushing habits.
    • Parents can track your child's progress and easily check if kids missed a spot or brushing session on the parents section.
    • This extra soft toothbrush for kids is recommended for kids ages 5+.


    MOST Common Question Parents Have:

    Example of "shark teeth" in babies."Help! My child's adult teeth are coming in behind baby teeth - what should I do?"

    Answer: This is a VERY common occurrence with children, usually the result of a lower, primary (baby) tooth not falling out when the permanent tooth is coming in; this is known as 'shark teeth'. In most cases if the child starts wiggling the baby tooth, it will usually fall out on its own within two months. If it doesn't then contact your pediatric dentist, where they can easily remove the child's tooth. The permanent tooth should then slide into proper place.

    Proudly sponsoring MPR Classical Kids Storytimes

    We are proud sponsors of the following MPR Classical Kids Storytimes:

    • The Tortoise and the Hare
    • The Dog and the Bone,
    • Old Mother Hubbard
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Casey at the Bat


    Check it out!

    Giving Back

    Making A Difference In Our Community

    Did you know our practice is LOCALLY owned and operated AND we LOVE to give back to the community!
    Thanks to your help; we have donated over 1,150 hats and mittens to local children, over 375 pounds of Halloween candy to "Treats for Troops," over 1,500 toys for the "Toys for Tots" program, donated 170 books to Children's Hospital Family Resource Center, packed 3,742 meals with the "Sheridan Story,"  AND  packed over 3,004 pounds of onions for local food banks! 

    Refer a FriendREFER A FRIEND

    The GREATEST compliment we can receive is YOUR REFERRAL! For every NEW family you refer to our office you will receive a $25 gift card!

    *Patients referred must be seen in our office for an appointment to qualify for the gift card.

    First Visit by Your Child’s 1st Birthday

    Here’s an interesting fact: More than one in four children in the United States have cavities by the time they are 4 years old – sometimes before age 2! Give your child the greatest gift on his or her 1st birthday – the gift of healthy teeth!

    Tooth decay can begin as soon as teeth emerge in an infant's mouth. It can progress rapidly, causing pain and even harm to the permanent teeth that are still growing under the gums. If left untreated, tooth decay can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child and can affect a child's general overall health.

    We love working with children, and have specialized training on how to calm pediatric patients while they are at their first dental visit.

    Dentistry for Special-Needs Patients

    Each patient, no matter his or her special needs, is treated equally and with respect in our office. Our dental team takes pride in our abilities to care for special-needs patients, and we continually educate ourselves in order to serve this population of patients with the highest level of care.

    Enhanced Communication

    Communication between you and our team members is a critical part of children’s dentistry. Please do not hesitate to ask us questions about any aspect of our practice. Likewise, we strive to provide excellent office-to-parent communication. Did you know that you can receive appointment reminders with an e-mail or text message? You can also view your upcoming appointments, make payments or check your balance online. Please call the office where your child is usually seen for further information about this time-saving and convenient online feature!

    We always welcome new patients! If you’d like your child to experience the compassionate, gentle care that only we can provide, please call our office today.

    As always, if you are pleased with the treatment your child has received, please tell your family and friends. The greatest compliment we can receive is your recommendation to our practice! Thank you for the trust you’ve placed in all of us at Dentistry for Children & Adolescents.

    We Are Green!


    Dentistry for Children & Adolescents takes a sustainable approach to dentistry.  We incorporate ecologically sustainable materials and procedures that reduce the impact of dentistry on the environment.

    • We have digital x-rays. This eliminates our contribution of pollution (chemical fixers and lead foils) into our sewer systems.  Also, digital x-rays use less radiation than conventional x-ray films. This minimizes our patient exposure.
    • We use electronic patient records, online patient portal, electronic communications for appointment reminders and submit electronically to insurance companies; reducing paper usage and saving trees.
    • We use steam sterilization rather than chemical based sterilization.
    • We have an in-house recycling program; we recycle cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum cans and plastic in our office.
    • We use hypochlorous acid (HOCL) as an air disinfectant for COVID prevention. HOCL is one of the most effective known biocides and the ingredients are electrolyzed water and salt.  This weak acid is the same chemical produced by the human immune system to kill invasive organisms and fight infection. It's a biocide so safe for humans and animals because we already have it in our bodies.
    • We purchase Eco Score rated supplies to further protect the environment and the health of our patients and team.
    • We choose vendors that donate a portion of their profits to environmental causes, as well as reforestation projects around the globe in partnership with the CarbonFund.org.
    • In 2021, our practice helped plant 54 trees with the reforestation project and we were awarded the 2021 Dental Sustainability Award!

    Our products and materials are also gluten and BPA FREE!


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    Nothing shows our doctors’ and team members’ dedication to excellence like the words of our current and former patients. Drop us a line, and let us know how we’re doing!

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    Dentistry for Children & Adolescents

    • Edina Office - 7373 France Ave. S., Suite 402, Edina, MN 55435 Phone: 952-831-4400
    • Burnsville Office - 14050 Nicollet Ave. S., Suite 100, Burnsville, MN 55337 Phone: 952-435-4102
    • Minnetonka Office - 6060 Clearwater Dr., Suite 210, Minnetonka, MN 55343 Phone: 952-932-0920

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