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Our office, as well as the The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. Your child should be examined at their “Dental Home” six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than twelve months.

You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The most important goals of the first visit are to introduce your child to our office and to develop trust in Dr. Lee and his staff.

You should be positive and reassuring, treating each dental visit like a great adventure. It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

The appointment should last about thirty minutes and includes a comprehensive examination of the teeth, gums, jaws, bite, and oral tissues. The purpose of the examination is both to observe any problems and to establish a baseline from which Dr. Lee can monitor the child's growth and development. Depending on your child's age and degree of cooperation, Dr. Lee may also take x-rays, clean and polish his or her teeth, and apply a topical fluoride. Young children under the age of five years typically do best in the morning, when they are bright-eyed and ready for an adventure!

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 can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. They also feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride once they’ve completed the visit on their own. However, if you choose, you are more than welcome to accompany your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.

Dr. Lee’s objective is to be gentle and patient so that the child develops a positive attitude toward the dental office and his or her own oral health. Our long-term goals are prevention and minimizing any dental problems as the child matures.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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