prepare your child's first dental trip

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dentist Trip

Your child should start seeing a dentist when their first tooth comes though or at least by the time they are a year old. The dentist will gently examine their teeth, checking for any increased risk of cavities.

Key takeaways:

  • Help keep your child relaxed by being positive about the dentist and not relaying any of your own dental anxieties.
  • Talk your child though the appointment beforehand, so they’re aware of the basics to expect.
  • Find a child-friendly dentist who your child likes and who you trust to look after their oral care going forward.

“If your child is old enough, you can use books or videos to help explain what will happen during the appointment so that your child isn’t apprehensive and has a better idea about what to expect. You can also play dentist at home—act out the appointment or have your child play dentist using stuffed animals!”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.