Frequently Asked Questions

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics have adopted a position on infant oral health recommending that the first visit occur within 6 months of the eruption of the first baby tooth. Based on this research, the Pediatric Dental Group encourages health promotion and disease prevention in children by their first birthday.

For most children, a first dental visit is a positive and engaging experience. The approach on how to prepare children for a first visit varies based on the unique needs of each child. Books, role-play, and discussion can be very helpful (please see our resource page for some reading suggestions). For some children, a tour of the office is appropriate and creates a sense of familiarity in a new environment. Whatever your family decides, our staff and providers are on hand to address any questions or concerns you may have. Your child’s comfort and positive experience is our primary goal.

At your child’s first appointment we will address any concerns you may have about your child’s teeth, diet and home care. Dr. Cavano will then create an individualized long term prevention care program specific to your child’s needs. If age appropriate, we will clean their teeth, take any necessary x-rays and examine gums and teeth. As a family centered practice, we know that engaging parents in all elements of care will create the greatest opportunity for a lifetime of optimal oral health. We have a knowledgeable and caring staff that believes through fun and learning, your child will integrate oral health care as a rewarding part of their daily routine.