Battle Creek, Michigan

Dental Care

When Should My Child First See the Dentist?

The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see the dentist when their first tooth erupts or 12 months of age. Early intervention and discussion with pediatric dentistry is recognized as the best method for preventing tooth decay. Periodic visits starting in the first year of life can get help your child develop a dental home where he or she can feel comfortable at his or her dental appointment.


Baby Teeth are Important, Too!

Baby teeth usually fall out on their own starting at age 6. Their primary role is to provide a guide as the permanent teeth erupt. When baby teeth are lost early to decay, the back teeth (molars) drift forward causing more crowding when the adult teeth finally erupt.

Baby teeth also harbor bacteria. Thankfully, most bacteria in our mouths are healthy. When kids get decay, they have much higher levels of Strep. mutans (a type of bacteria causing decay). If families can eliminate or minimize the amounts of these bad bacteria, they will be able to prevent all their teeth from ever having a cavitity. If kids have problems with decay in their baby teeth, this same bacteria will grow on the adult teeth when they come into the mouth. That is why saying, “It’s ok that my child’s baby teeth have decay, one day, they’ll fall out anyway,” is a misconception. Cavities can be prevented! Talk with your dentist about specific ways you and your family can help manage oral health.

Dr. Todd and hygienist Michelle are top notch! They are very patient with the adults as well as children. My daughter loves going to see them! I'm glad I switched.
Linnea J.
The staff at Halonen Family Dentistry are so wonderful with small children. Our hygienist, Michelle, was phenomenal today, as always. She gave my nervous three year old a tour of her tools and what they do, demonstrated how the chair works, and showed and explained what she’s doing so my child can see and hear what’s happening. She was patient, gentle, and kind and did everything she could to help my child feel comfortable.
Sarah T.
Dr. Halonen & his staff are very professional, friendly, and welcoming. They are wonderful with our five year old and he loves visiting the office!
Jamie S.