Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Worrying figures of tooth decay among pre-schoolers in Singapore

Paediatric dentists said parents often assume that baby teeth are not permanent and so do not require as much care.

In fact, at least half of Singapore's pre-schoolers - children aged six and below - have tooth decay, said paediatric dentist Badrun Nafis from Thomson Paediatric Centre (Katong).

Worse, 38.4 per cent of the pre-school population have severe early childhood decay, he said.

Dentists say parents should take their children to a dentist by the age of one and use the right fluoridated toothpaste. Children should also not be allowed to fall asleep with a bottle containing sweet liquids such as formula milk and juice. Breast milk and fresh milk have weak sugars and do not often cause cavities.

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/tooth-decay-in-children-cant-be-brushed-aside

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