When’s the right time to introduce your baby to the dentist? Follow our ‘Rule of Firsts’
As many frazzled new parents know, babies don’t come with a set of instructions. Becoming a parent is a steep learning curve, as you want to do the right thing for your new child, but aren’t always sure what that is. Luckily, when it comes to their teeth, we’re here to help!
One question we’re constantly asked is, “When should I bring my baby in for his/her first dental check?” The easy answer is that it’s literally never too soon. Even if they haven’t got teeth coming through yet, it’s beneficial for them to be in the dental surgery and getting used to the sights, sounds and smells so that it’s not a scary place for them when they’re a little older. Simply bring your baby in with you when you come for your check-up or hygiene visit – we always love having a chance to ‘ooh and ahh’ over babies anyway! And remember, mum’s dental visits are FREE on the NHS up to one year after you give birth.
As for checking baby’s teeth, we’ve introduced the ‘Rule of Firsts’:
FIRST tooth or FIRST birthday – whichever comes FIRST!
At this first visit, we may suggest your baby sits on your knee whilst we have a look at their teeth. Visits to the dentist should fun for children, as this helps to prevent the onset of a dental phobia.
If your baby’s not in the mood to let us have a look at their teeth, don’t worry. Never restrain your child in the dental chair as this could frighten and traumatise them, ensuring they develop the very dental phobia we’re hoping to avoid. Simply bring them back again on another day and we’ll try again.
This will also be a great chance for you to ask us any related questions you may have, such as around weaning, diet and the use of dummies. You can also check out the fantastic Teeth Team website, which has loads of great advice for parents, and always feel free to call us on 01482 565 488.