First Visit by First Birthday!
Our office, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, all recommend that children should establish a “Dental Home” by their first birthday. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer all questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better. You can help to make your child’s first visit positive and enjoyable by refraining from using “buzz” words such as “shots,” “needles,” “drill,” and “pull” that may cause unnecessary fear and anxiety. Dr. Lee and his staff are well-trained in using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to your child.
During this visit, Dr. Lee will thoroughly examine your child’s mouth and provide him/her with a personalized home care program that focuses on proper brushing, flossing, diet habit counseling, and fluoride use. We will polish and clean your child’s teeth as well as provide topical fluoride treatment. Dental radiographs may be necessary and taken in order to complete a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan for your child.
We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We find that we can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our goal is to help your child establish confidence and overcome anxiety at the dental office. Of course, if you choose, you are more than welcome to remain with your child in the treatment room at all times. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception area with a supervising adult.