The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit by the age of one. Our pediatric department strives to give kids positive and happy dental visits. Dr. Andrew Shehata was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH where he earned a degree in biology from Xavier University. He then went on to the University of Kentucky where he attended dental school. While in Kentucky, he volunteered his dental services to those in need within the community and at the Nathanial Mission. He then went on to New York University for his specialty degree in pediatric dentistry. Through New York University, he volunteered to treat the local community in New York and even abroad in the USVI. Dr. Shehata believes “the dental environment can be a frightening place for those old and young; however, I have found through the years of practice that it should not be that way. We have several tools that we can implement to achieve painless dentistry in a pleasant environment.