Preparing Your Little Ones for Their First Trip to the Dentist

teeth health smile dentistChildren should visit the dentist after their first teeth appear. However, this can represent an entirely new and sometimes stressful experience. How can parents place their young ones at ease?

– Explain to them what to expect during their visit.

– Visit the office in advance so that your child is familiar with the environment.

– Remain calm during the appointment, as the child will likely mimic this behaviour.

Being a positive role model for your child when it comes to visiting the dentist might just be your greatest asset to making this visit go well.”

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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.