Why does 40% children develop tooth decay?

Dentists in SingaporeWhether you’re a parent, guardian or grandparent, having children means you stay busy and because of the possibility of lack of awareness, dental health is something that can often be easily overlooked.

According to recent research by The American Dental Association, 40 per cent children between the ages of two and five are almost more likely to develop tooth decay. At our dental clinics in Singapore, we have been advising all our patients about the importance of their children’s oral hygiene.

Children’s oral hygiene, therefore, is extremely important.  Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of children’s dentistry so as to avoid any dental problems in your children.

Good dental hygiene habits should begin before your child’s first tooth comes in. We often observe young parents do not clean the baby’s mouth when their child do not have their first tooth, or in many cases, most of the parents do not even try to wipe the baby’s gums with a soft damp cloth after feedings that helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

It is essential to start using a soft children’s toothbrush twice a day when you first observe little teeth. Once your child is preschool-age, start using fluoride toothpaste or the one advised by the dentists. Don’t cover the brush with toothpaste; a pea-sized amount is enough for the kids.

Cavities are common amongst children. Your child might be at risk if he or she eats a lot of sugary foods (such as raisins, cookies, candy, etc.) and drinks lots of sweet liquids (such as fruit juice and punch, soda and sweetened drinks).

Your child also might be at risk if

  • Born early (prematurely) or weighed very little at birth (low birth weight)
  • Has ongoing special health care needs
  • Has white spots or brown areas on any teeth
  • Does not go to the dentist very often

Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day and visit a dentist twice a year even if you feel everything appears normal, because there are several dental problems that may appear ‘normal’ before they get worse. Have them show you the right way to brush your child’s teeth. To avoid cavities, limit sweet snacks and drinks between meals. Have meals and snacks at regular times. Teeth-friendly snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese and crackers.

Prevention is better than cure! Prevent dental problems and stay healthy. Dentists in Singapore at Nam Fung Dental Surgery gives you a friendly counseling that helps you manage healthy oral hygiene your rest of life. You may contact us now to make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.

Domestic Oral Care | Dental Clinics in Singapore

In the modern living conditions, we all are rushing and most of us ignore very small things that could make a big difference to our overall health. Oral care is surely one of such things as we observe often. Healthy gums are the first step to good oral care. They should be firm, be pinkish in color, and shouldn’t bleed when you are brushing your teeth. If you notice any bleeding while brushing, discomfort around teeth or inflamed gums, it is important to visit your dentist. If you are living in Singapore and want to visit a Dental Clinic in Singapore, you may come see us! Click here  to reach us.

When you visit us at any of our dental clinics in Singapore, we are not only going to provide a full oral exam, and check for possible signs of gum infections or tooth decay, we also study to rule out or spot potential illnesses or lingering diseases that might be related to cardiovascular health, and other conditions. While we are always available at any of our dental clinics in Singapore to help you, we recommend that you follow the below steps (domestic & professional help) to avoid possible dental problems.

Oral Care at Home

The best oral care and treatment does start at home. Since you can’t get to a dentist office on a daily basis, you have to care for your teeth. Many of the patients have a misconception that regular brushing is the ‘only’ domestic care and that takes care of overall oral health. It’s true that regular brushing is very essential, at least twice daily but you also have to note that flossing after every meal, using mouth rinse with water or mouth cleansing products (recommended by your dentist in special cases) are some additional yet important dental care steps you have to follow.

The longer the time you go without brushing or flossing, you are more prone to bacterial growth causing cavities, bad breath and possible other conditions that may not be related to oral health.

Regular Cleanings by Dentist:

It is advised that everyone has to go in for a professional cleaning at least twice a year. It may also be advised by your dentist to get a deep cleaning every few years, depending on your case in order to truly get in below the gums, and to properly clean the teeth. Cleaning by the dentist not only makes your teeth appear whiter, but also clean the gum line, which is something you may not do on your own, even if you regularly floss and brush your teeth.

Routine Oral Checkup

Coming in for a routine checkup is another significant way of managing oral care. No matter how good you feel your teeth are, they way you consider dental cleaning by a dentist, you have to consider routine checkup for your dentist to assess your oral condition.

However, whenever you are experiencing with pain, please note that a dentist is the only solution to the pain. Prevention is better than cure! Prevent dental problems and stay healthy. Dentists in Singapore at Nam Fung Dental Surgery gives you a friendly counseling that helps you manage healthy oral hygiene your rest of life. You may contact us now to make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.