When you encourage your child to brush their teeth, you are setting them up for a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth. But it can be hard. Some kids are not used to a brush in their mouth. Other kids just do not see why they should stop playing to go and do something boring like brushing their teeth.
This is one reason that at least half of Singapore’s pre-schoolers – children aged six and below – have tooth decay. According to the National Dental Centre, many parents assume that a few cavities in baby teeth do not matter, because baby teeth fall out around age nine or 10. But problems with baby teeth can affect speech, gums and the development of adult teeth, making them more prone to cavities.
The Singapore Society for Paediatric Dentistry recommends that all children should see a dentist no later than 12 months of age. This is because a child’s “baby teeth” are important for eating and speech development. Plus healthy baby teeth help keep your child’s jaw healthy until their adult teeth come in at around age nine or ten.
To prevent tantrums and encourage good teeth brushing, here are tips from dental hygienist Emma Cubis.