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Cavities: Tests and Diagnosis

How do doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado diagnose cavities?

Parents should see a dentist with their infant six months after eruption of his/her first tooth, or at one year of age for an infant oral health exam. During this first visit, a child's individual risk factors for dental caries are evaluated and discussed.

Cavities can be prevented with appropriate guidance. In the same manner parents take their children to pediatricians for regular wellness exams, they should take advantage of the opportunity for a "dental home."