Your child’s first trip to the dentist should be initiated as early as possible. There are two main reasons for this:

1) The dentist will be able to identify from an early stage any existing or potential dental problems, and provide advice and direction on prevention/treatment.

2) An early visit and examination will breed a familiarity with the dentist that should make future visits significantly easier to encourage. It is much easier for a young child to visit the dentist if they know that they have been before and had a positive experience.

NHS Dental care for children is free of charge, and every effort should be made to make a trip to the dentist as fun and enjoyable as possible. So that your child does not feel apprehensive, it is a good idea to schedule your child’s appointment alongside a dental examination of your own, in order for you to demonstrate a feeling of comfortability.