Your Child's First Dental Visit

General Information

Take your child for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. A dental check up at this early age will;

  • Allow your child to become familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of the dentist
  • Allow early detection of tooth decay and any other dental conditions
  • Enable dental staff to give advice and instruction on toothbrushing and on good eating habits

The first dental visit will be a new experience, so do not worry if your child is not keen to participate. Our staff are trained to make your child feel comfortable.

How can I prepare my child?

  • Allow your child to visit the dentist with you or with older siblings
  • DO NOT use words such as drill and needle. The dentist will use special words to explain things.
  • Talk about the good things about visiting the dentist, such as counting teeth and learning how to care for them.
  • Make the dental appointment an accepted part of a regular routine, not a special event.
  • Arrange for the appointment to be in the morning so tiredness is not a problem.
  • Arrive a little early so your child can become familiar with the new surroundings.

Is there anything else I need to do?

  • Inform the dental staff of any medical condition or past incident which may affect your child’s behaviour and ability to cope. This will allow the dental team to adjust their approach.
  • Accompany your child to the dentist.
  • Be a passive observer, to enable dental staff to capture and hold your child’s complete attention.