Pediatric Dental Health FAQ's

Pediatric Dental Health FAQ's


Post Updated: 10/5/2021

Dental cavities is the most common chronic disease of childhood, but the good news is — cavities are preventable!

We asked Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Alene D’Alesio to answer the most common questions she gets from parents regarding their children’s dental health.

When should my child see a dentist?  

By the age of one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend seeing a dentist by the age of one. A pediatric dentist will review your oral health routine, evaluate your child’s teeth and gums, discuss your child’s diet, tooth brushing, and fluoride use.

What can go in the sippy cup, once my child has transitioned to it?  


No juice, no chocolate milk, or any other sweet drinks. Plain white milk can be given in a sippy cup with a meal. In between meals, it should be water only.   

Do your kids get to have any sugar at all? 


Kids will be kids. I just pick the right sweets for them. Chocolate is much better than taffy or sticky candy. I tell my kids and patients 
“Anything sticky is icky”. That’s fun and easy for them to remember!

What is the #1 piece of advice you give your patients?

Water is the #1 drink choice for kids. Water with vitamins is even better — which is why KidsLuv is an approved drink in our house!

Dr. Alene D’Alesio is a mom of four girls, a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, and an entrepreneur. She is currently Division Chief at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Pediatric Dentistry Program. She uses her mommy background and her dental background to help other families during the transition years with young children. She holds multiple patents for her products: Fridababy Paci Weaning system, which helps wean a child off a pacifier in as few as 5 days and the Stick with Me Stay Put Cup, which helps to minimize spills as a child learns to drink from an open cup.