Have a young child who complains of toothaches? Your toddler is not alone – at least 50 per cent of pre-schoolers in Singapore have tooth decay, according to paediatric dentist Badrun Nafis from Thomson Paediatric Centre (Katong). In addition, 38.4 per cent of Singapore’s pre-schoolers suffer from severe early childhood decay.
If left untreated, decaying milk-teeth can affect the development of children’s permanent teeth. Here are 10 tips on how to keep your child’s smile healthy and decay-free.
Text: Timothy Goh, The Straits Times/ Sources: American Dental Association, Health Promotion Board, KidsDental, Ministry of Health, Q&M Kids, Thomson Paediatric Centre (Katong)
Photo: National Dental Centre