Rochester Dentist Answers Questions About Caring for Your Child’s Smile


As a parent, you probably have a lot of questions about your child’s dental care. Between your friends’ advice and the thousands of conflicting suggestions online, you may end up with more questions than answers. In today’s blog, your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, will try to answer a few common questions and provide some helpful tips for caring for your little one’s teeth and gums.

Children’s Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Question: When should my child first see Dr. Calcagno?

Answer: Typically, we recommend a child attend his/her initial visit within the six months following the arrival of the first tooth. Your children likely won’t receive any treatment during this visit. Instead Dr. Calcagno will examine them to ensure they’re reaching their proper dental milestones.

Question: How often should my little one undergo a checkup?

Answer: Once your child reaches age three, the American Dental Association recommends undergoing a checkup once every six months. These visits allow your Rochester MN children’s dentist to watch for any signs of tooth decay and other dental issues. Routine checkups also help your little one become accustomed to visiting the dentist, easing anxiety.

Question: How soon should I begin brushing my child’s teeth?

Answer: As soon as the first tooth arrives. At first, you should clean the tooth with a piece of cloth or gauze. As more teeth arrive, upgrade to an age-appropriate toothbrush. You should brush your child’s teeth twice a day, once before bed and again in the morning.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester MN Children’s Dentist

If you have any more questions about maintaining the health and beauty of your little one’s smile, then talk to your Rochester children’s dentist. Dr. Calcagno will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment, call our 55902 dentist office at (507) 281-3659. Also, visit our website for services, before and after photos, and testimonials. Dr. Calcagno offers patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve the residents of Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington and surrounding communities.