Family Dentistry - Charlotte
2024 Lansing Road
Charlotte, MI 48813
Ph: 517-543-5230 Fax: 517-543-5011

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In past years, many dentists recommended a first dental visit at the age of three or older. Those days are over. First dental visits are now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at the age of one or when the first tooth erupts. Dr. Owen and her staff feel very strongly about this preventative measure for your child's health. In the first year of life, a child is taken to a physician's office several times for routine check-ups and immunizations. The dental community is asking you to bring your child in once in that first year and learn how to prevent cavities, toothaches and gum disease for your child.

What to Expect for the First Visit:

A clinical dental assistant will bring you and your child into an operatory to begin to understand the eating and drinking habits of your child. The assistant will ask you multiple questions to assess your child's cavity risk based on home care brushing/flossing routines, eating routines, and behavioral habits. This information is shared with the doctors to help them identify cavity causers and future tooth hazards. A thorough knee-to-knee exam is then performed with your child on your lap facing the Doctor. This exam is completed with ease and efficiency to examine your child's mouth and teeth (if developed). The doctor identifies any tooth or gum problems, any pathological abnormalities, or any concerns that may be prevalent in your child's mouth. Your appointment ends with a written recommendation sheet explaining any treatment needs your child may have and an explanation of what to do if your child does have treatment needs.