Tips for taking your little one to the Dentist for the first time

Tips for taking your little one to the Dentist for the first time

Taking your little one to the dentist for the first time can be a stressful time for both parent and child. Your child doesn’t know what to expect so can be very nervous and scared of the dentist. A lot of dentists recommend you take your little one by the time they reach one, but every child is different. Here are some tips for taking your little one to the dentist for the first time.


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Prepare your child for the visit

Although they may be too little to understand, you should try and prepare your child for the visit. Start using the toothbrush at home and let them watch you brushing your teeth. You should take them along to your appointments, so they see what the dentist is doing and get used to being in the environment. Introduce them to the dentist so that they won’t feel like they are a stranger when they see them for the appointment. And as this article reveals, you should try and talk to your child about what will happen at the dentist and build excitement about going there.  



Find a good dentist you trust

If you are taking your little one to the dentist to the first time, you need to find a good dentist for them to go to. You need to be able to trust them to check your child’s teeth while keeping them calm. You may want to go to a paediatric dentist who has additional training to deal with children. The whole dentist is likely to be more child-friendly with a play area for your little one to go while you are waiting. Therefore, you should look for your local paediatric dentist to send your little one to.

Take a toy for them to play with

Another tip for taking your little one to the dentist for the first time is to take a toy with them to play with when they get to the dentist. That way, if you have a long wait, they won’t get bored and stressed out in the waiting room. It will distract them when you are being seen by the dentist as well. You can talk to the dentist about any issues while your child plays with their toy.

Make a list of any questions you need to ask

You should also prepare a list of questions you need to ask the Dentist about your little one’s teeth. As this article reveals, if you are finding your little one has an issue, you may need to ask them about teething or thumb sucking. You could also ask the dentist for advice about tooth-friendly foods they could be eating.

Reward your child after

Another tip for taking your little one to the dentist for the first time is to make sure you reward them afterward. Buy them a new toy or take them to a play area so that they know they have been good by going to the dentist.

Remember to book in another appointment and put it on the calendar so you stay organised!

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  1. August 16, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I’m still a little ways away from having to take my little one to the dentist, but I’m dreading the experience already. I think it’s wise to bring your child to your dentist appointments so that they can get used to the environment, like you said. I’ll try bringing a toy for them and rewarding them afterward. Thanks for the tips!

  2. September 1, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Thanks for publishing these wonderful tips. I always try to make my patients feel comfortable and at ease, whatever their age but sometimes it’s good to look at it from patients’ perspectives and seek to understand what works best for you. So thank you for sharing this brilliant information, have a good day!

    • Midwife and Life
      September 1, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      You’re welcome, thanks for stopping by.

  3. November 15, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Really helpful stuff. I appreciate you and your work!

  4. November 16, 2016 / 5:04 am

    Good oral health habits should start early, so as visiting a dentist. Keeping an eye on potential problems as early as possible will save you and your child for future dental problems. These tips are indeed very useful for parents and their child prepare for a visit in a dentist for the first time. Thank you!

  5. November 17, 2016 / 1:02 am

    Something that might also help is take your child to meet the dentist ahead of time. I think you’re right that you can trust the dentist. However, it’s probably a whole lot easier if the child is on board too. I also assume they’ll be less scared since it won’t be a completely new enviroment.

  6. December 21, 2016 / 9:10 am

    You’ll be able to save time and money by having the same dentist treat the whole family. Instead of taking time off from work and driving to your dentist, then repeating the process a different day for your kids, you only have to leave work once and take everyone to the same place. Think about the gas you’ll save by only having one office to drive to!

  7. February 2, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I am amazed that some kids really have straight teeth. No braces needed. The few lucky ones. It might cost something but it adds confidence when they get older too. Imagine smiling and having not to worry.

  8. February 2, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    wonderful post, I think its very important to get children familiar with brushing and cleaning their teeth before going to the dentist for the first time. They might still be a little scared but at least they will be somewhat familiar with brushing and cleaning their teeth which could make a big difference with their first time. Thanks for sharing!

  9. February 8, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    These are great tips for taking your little ones to their first dental visit! Its always important to research good pediatric dental office that is very child friendly and the dentist has shown that they have had additional training for kids cleaning. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. March 1, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Great Share!
    Thank you so much for sharing this informative post about tips for the first trip of little once to the dentist.The first thing that you can do to make a trip to the dentist a more pleasant experience for you and your children is to simply talk to them about the dentist. Explain that it’s not a scary place and that what they are doing is really good for them. Let them know that it won’t be painful, but rather that if anything a trip to the dentist can be a bit on the sedating side.Once again thank you so much for this post. Keep Sharing!

  11. March 16, 2017 / 10:24 am

    The points shared here are quite informative for parents, Sometimes it becomes much difficult for parents to take their child to the dentist but after reading your post I am sure that kids will become ready to go to dentist. Keep sharing articles likely !

  12. March 22, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I like the way you convey the tips. it’s always difficult to get our kids to a dentist. keep up the good work

  13. April 21, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Awesome post! Definitely some very helpful tips and advice, preparing your child for the visit can be very important and bringing a toy with them will certainly help. Thanks for sharing!

  14. April 25, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Great post. This would be really helpful for mums and dads with children who are reluctant to get in the dental chair. Thanks for sharing

  15. May 10, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Great tips! Every child is nervous before their first dentist visit, but your advice could make it an event they look forward to. I think the reward system is especially effective for this.

  16. May 29, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I like the way you convey the tips. Keep Up the good work always

  17. June 27, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Great tips, Taking our little one to the dental office for the first time is a not an easy task some unknown fear comes to your mind. This tips are helpful to the peoples out there like me.

  18. June 27, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    it’s very informative article! I feel happy to read and useful fo me. Thanks for sharing.

  19. June 30, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I’m looking for a dentistry that I can take my whole family to, but I am not sure what to look for. I’m glad that you mentioned finding an office that has activities or a play place for kids to be in. Hopefully there will be a dentist near us that can accommodate my husband and our kids. Thanks for the tips!

  20. July 6, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Nice information you have shared. Thanks for your helpful tips post. Thank you and good luck with your blog!

  21. August 1, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Wow, these are definitely some very helpful tips and advice. Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be slightly stressful. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. August 20, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Wonderful tips! Thanks for Sharing. Your tips helps to parents who will think to meet dentist with their Child.

  24. August 30, 2017 / 1:36 am

    I like your point about taking your child to your own dentist visits so they can see what the dentist is doing and get the used to that environment. My nephew is starting to get his first set of teeth. My sister is wanting to find a good pediatric dentist to take him to. I’ll have to let her know about the benefit of taking her child with her to the dentist.

  25. September 27, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    I like this article its something that each and every parent should know. Thanks for the Post.

  26. October 30, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I found this post useful more helpful one as a parent. Thanks for the article and keep up the good work

  27. December 7, 2017 / 12:56 am

    Our dental office has only been open for a few months and I have been tasked to find ways for our little patients and parents to be more comfortable. These are great tips and we will be implementing some of them such as the play area. Thank your the information and good luck on your blog!

  28. December 21, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    this is an wonderful tips to make sure our teeth became white and strong.thank you to share

  29. January 3, 2018 / 5:32 am

    Thanks for this useful tips for us parents. It’s my biggest issue about my toddlers when I tell them we are going to the Dentist.

    Great Blog!

  30. February 1, 2018 / 3:18 am

    We had this conversation with our dentist at Southern Charm Dental before our sons first important and the whole thing went great! They even had TVs and iPads to keep him partially distracted during the visit.

  31. February 22, 2018 / 2:05 am

    I think the play area is a great idea for kids to bring their stress levels down. Thanks for sharing!

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