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.