Prepare Your Child for Their First Dentist Visit

Baby teeth aid the health and alignment of children’s adult teeth as they come through. Children should start seeing a dentist as their first tooth develops, and preparing them for their appointment makes for a smoother visit.

Key takeaways:

  • Talk your child through the basics of what they can expect from a dental visit, emphasising the importance of dental care.
  • Play can be a good learning tool and pretending at being a dentist while taking them through an appointment can help prepare children.
  • Listening to any questions your child has about the dentist and talking them over can help make children feel more at ease and secure about their visit.

“Telling your child what to expect gives them a chance to ask questions and for you to generate some excitement around the appointment. It also allows you to communicate to your child the importance of professional oral care in addition to brushing and flossing at home.”

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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.