Baby tooth care: 6 tips

Taking proper care of your baby’s teeth now will set the tone for a lifetime of good dental health.

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Just because baby teeth are meant to drop out doesn’t mean it’s okay to let them to rot. First teeth are important as they’re needed for eating, speaking and smiling, points out Dr Trevor Holcombe, a paediatric dentist at Smilefocus.

Early childhood caries, specifically, tooth decay before the age of 6, is a rising concern in Singapore, dentists say. The National Dental Centre Singapore which treated 500 children for early childhood caries in 2000, saw this number double to 1,000 in 2012. Beware that incorrect bottle-feeding habits may cause front-tooth decay.

Discomfort from tooth decay can adversely affect a child’s health, sleep patterns and behaviour.

Tooth decay: The downside

Dr Holcombe notes, “When children drink fruit juices and any drink containing sugar — even milk — from the bottle or during the night, the drink remnants stay on the teeth, encouraging bacteria to build up, leading to plaque and decay.”

Discomfort from tooth decay can adversely affect a child’s health, sleep patterns and behaviour, explains Dr Yue Weng Cheu, clinical director at DP Dental. Not to mention the high cost of fillings and even root canals, and the emotional expense of your anxiety-stricken child. Prevention is better than cure and creating good dental habits is one of the best investments you can make for your child’s future.

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