Looking after your baby’s teeth is very important, and you should register them with a dentist and arrange a check up before their first birthday, or as soon as their first baby tooth comes through.
What happens on the first visit?
Your baby’s first visit to the dentist is likely to be short, but it will allow you both to get used to the clinic and feel comfortable.
You will be asked to complete a form so the dental practice has all of your baby’s details before you are called in to see the dentist for the check-up.
The appointment itself will see the dentist count your baby’s teeth and check that they are healthy. Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t stay still for the examination, this is completely normal as it’s a new experience for them and will get better the more times that you visit.
The dentist can check your baby’s teeth while they sit on your lap, are in your arms or in any other position that is comfortable for them.
After the examination, the dentist will give you some advice on how to care for your baby’s teeth and and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns.
After the first check-up, the dentist will advise you when you need to make an appointment based on your baby’s needs.
Top tips for a positive first visit to the dentist
- Try to book an appointment earlier in the day when your baby is likely to be more rested and relaxed
- Make the experience as fun as possible; you could take some toys to keep your little one busy while you wait
- Take their favourite cuddly toy, comforter or blanket into the surgery with you to help them feel comfortable and safe
Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles
The following dental practices in Leicester are Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles accredited. That means they are family-friendly practices that have demonstrated a commitment to improving children’s oral health within the city.
- NHS- Find your local dentist
- My first visit to the dentist certificate and Baby teeth chart
- Smile4Life- Bedtime for baby teeth
- Smile4Life- Five golden tips for brushing
- Change4Life- Toothbrushing chart
- Change4Life- Brushing twice is nice
- Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles- Lift the lips
- Leicestershire Healthy Tots- Oral health
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.
Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.
Leicester City: text 07520 615381
Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382