Have you ever found yourself feeling anxious about your child’s first dental visit, unsure what to expect or how to prepare? Many parents dread themselves going to the dentist, and when you become a parent, you can also transmit that fear to your child.

We get it – there’s alot to consider. What if they experience discomfort? When is the right time? You might even wonder how to act as to soothe your child during the visit. 

This article will guide you through easing the cycle of fear and anxiety around your child’s first dental visit, empowering you to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for you and your child. 

Let’s dive in! 

When is the best time for a first dental visit?

The proper time to take your baby to their first dental visit is when the first tooth comes in. This is usually between 6 months and 12 months, or around your baby’s first birthday. Getting it done by age 1 sums it up!

Why is the first visit important? 

The first dental visit is very important as it will establish what we call a “dental home” for your child. It’s not just a check-up; it’s a friendly and positive place and person, where your child will come back every six months for his/her oral/dental check up and wants to feel safe.

What techniques do we use for your child? 

We use friendly and specialized techniques to give your child a fun and positive first experience he/she will remember permanently. Most of our patients ask their parents to come back to their dentist! 

Imagine if you had that experience when you were a child. Would you still be having dental phobia now? 

Do early dental visits protect my child from cavities? 

Dental problems can start very early. Almost half of the preschool aged children have cavities worldwide! Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile not just now, but also in the future.

Cavities in young children can cause bacterial infections, chronic pain, weight loss, poor overall general health, lower school academic scores, as well as low self-esteem.

Children with healthy teeth chew food easily and smile with confidence.

3 things to expect on the first visit

During this first visit, your child will get familiar with the dental clinic before starting the checkup. This is very important as it brings a sense of comfort and safety. Here are 3 things you should expect:

Child smiling during dental check-up

1. Fun waiting room 

Where they will enjoy fun games such as Ally the Alligator. Your child will play by brushing and counting Ally’s teeth. This helps him/her anticipate what the dentist check up will be like. 

2. Sensory captivating dental rooms

Your child’s imagination and senses make the visit feel more like an adventure.

3. Rewarding system

After the check-up, your child gets to pick a special reward from our surprise box. 


Don’t wait until your child’s first cavity shows to take your child to their first dental clinic. Schedule your child’s first visit by their first birthday or when their first tooth appears. The earlier the visit, the better the chance to prevent problems. 

Get ready to give your child the gift of a healthy and confident smile by scheduling a consultation with Dr Rafif through this link