James C. Calcagno, DDS

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blog-logoThe proper care for a childs dentition begins at birth. Although infants usually do not have teeth, they do require oral care. Bacteria begins to grow in their mouth, which should be wiped off with a soft wash cloth or gauze.

This keeps the little mouths clean and gets them familiar with oral hygiene. At around 6 months, the front teeth will start to erupt through the gums. At this point, the child is at risk of developing dental decay. When the primary teeth begin to erupt, is a good time to start bringing the child to see a dentist.

To clean these newly erupted teeth, an infant tooth brush along with training tooth gel can be used. Flossing should begin when the teeth start to come in. This cleans the surfaces between the teeth and allows the child to become accustomed to good oral hygiene habits. There are children's tooth paste's containing fluoride which can be used but should be discussed with the child pediatrician or dentist and used under the supervision of a parent to ensure the child is brushing properly and not ingesting the paste. At around 3 years of age, most primary dentition should be present in the mouth and cared for each day.

There are many methods and products to keep tooth brushing and flossing fun for kids. There are timed spin brushes with cartoon characters, musical tooth brushes, animal shaped flosses, and fun flavors of tooth paste. Establishing these healthy habits early in life ensures decades of healthy teeth. Should you have any questions concerning your Childs teeth and how to care for them, contact your dentist or hygienist.

Client Testimonials

Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars


As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars


As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars


The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars


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