It is a myth that children’s teeth are not important as they will fall out anyway. The early introduction of dentistry to young children is an important primer for the child; how he/she perceives and responds to dentists early will influence them into adulthood.
Maintaining our teeth is a lifelong commitment we should instil in children early in life. When children are equipped with proper life skills and educated on making the right dietary choices, we can be certain they will enjoy eating, smiling and maintain good oral health throughout their lives.
Ideally, your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place between the age of 1 and 2 years old. It is important that the child views a trip to the dentist as something routine that everyone in the family does to maintain healthy gums and a good smile, and not as an event to be feared. You can start to introduce your child to the dentist by bringing him or her along with you (and other family members) for your own dental check-ups. Let them watch the procedure and ask questions.
Should you have any anxiety, try not transfer these negatives emotions to your child and refrain from using the dentist as a threat (e.g. “if you eat too many sweets, you have to see the dentist” or “if you do not brush your teeth properly, the dentist will scold you”) as this will set up the dental visit as a negative experience for the child.
Schedule the first visit when there is no major treatment to be done. When the first visit is made when your child is in pain and more extensive treatment is required, dental visits may become associated with pain or discomfort. If a problem does arise in the future, you have the contact details of a dentist your child is familiar with on hand.
It is also a good idea to schedule the dental appointment when the child is rested and not hungry. The appointment will then be much smoother.
During the first visit, it is important for your child to feel comfortable with the clinic environment and our dental specialists/ dentists. Thus, our dental specialists/ dentists will normally start conversing with your child before starting any treatment. He or she will then start with an oral examination before deciding if is there is a need for x-rays.
If necessary, our dental specialists/ dentists will discuss any treatment with the parents. Otherwise, a simple cleaning may be carried out to reinforce a positive attitude towards the dentist.
The first appointment will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes. However, each child is different and some children will take a longer time to get used to the dental clinic environment than others.
During the visit, our dental specialists/ dentists will also discuss good oral hygiene habits, suitable tooth friendly diets and unfavourable oral habits with the parents.
Follow Up Care
Children’s teeth, like adults’ teeth, require maintenance. This means flossing, brushing and regular dental check-ups and maintenance every 6 months.
|Consultation||$80 – 200|
|Scaling & polishing||$110 – 300|
|Extraction (per tooth)||$100 – 350|
|Fissure sealant||$110 – 250|
|Pulpectomy (per visit)||$400 – 700|
|Fillings (Amalgam and Tooth Coloured)||$150 – 550|
|Crowns||$400 – 550|
|Interceptive Removable Appliance||$450 – 500|
|Space maintainer (Fixed)||$450|
|Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Sedation||$200 – 500|
*All fees are subject to 7% Singapore Goods and Services Tax.
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
The information provided above is of a general nature only as your child would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option. A more detailed estimate of the fees involved can be confirmed after the initial consultation.
For Singaporeans and permanent residents of Singapore, the Baby Bonus may be used for dental treatment. Medisave may be applicable in certain situations, depending on the dental procedure involved. Please check with your friendly front office staff for more information.
Our Dental Specialist in Children’s Dentistry (Paedodontist) is Dr Elizabeth Tan. She is experienced in treating the dental needs of children from babies to young adults. Dr Elizabeth Tan is also familiar with special needs children and volunteers with the Rainbow Centre and Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) where she treats special needs patients.
Our team of experienced dental assistants are familiar with young patients and work with Dr Tan to ensure that these young patients have a pleasant experience at our clinics.
Speciality : Dental Specialist in Paedodontics, Specialist Dental Group®
Qualified Since : 1983
In addition, we also have a strong supporting team of dentists from other speciality areas who can see child patients for basic treatment. They also provide care in their respective areas of specialty training where appropriate, for instance, orthodontic (braces/ Invisalign) treatment, oral surgeries etc.
A paedodontist has special training in the dental management of children (from infants to those under 18 years old). They are also trained in the care of special needs patients including those with significant medical, physical or mental disabilities.
A paedondontist places significant importance on the maintenance of primary teeth and in preventing tooth decay. They will monitor growth and development of the dentition and jaws. This will help in preventing, and/ or intercepting any abnormal habits and plan for any correction of deviations from normal growth in the future.
Primary teeth are important for chewing, speech and appearance. They are also important for holding the space in the jaw for the eruption of the permanent teeth. If baby teeth are decayed or lost too early, the neighbouring teeth will drift into the extra or empty space. When the adult teeth develop later, they will grow crooked, affecting appearance and function.
When a baby sucks actively, the movement of the facial muscles and saliva result in a natural rinsing action which cleans his teeth. As a baby falls asleep while sucking on a bottle, the sucking becomes passive, and swallowing slows, causing the juice or milk to pool around the teeth forming a sticky film (plaque). The sugar present in the plaque is changed to acid. This results in decalcification and severe decay.
Thumb, finger and pacifier sucking habits are common in babies and toddlers, but they cease on their own when the child is between 2 and 4 years old. If the habit persists over a long period of time or intensely, the child’s upper front teeth may begin tipping toward his or her lip. Teeth alignment, bite or the growth of his or her jaws and bones may be affected.
Teeth grinding during sleep is known as nocturnal bruxism. Usually, people who grind their teeth when sleeping do not remember doing so. In adults, this condition is known to be related to stress and facial pain. Children usually outgrow their nocturnal bruxism and suffer no short-term or long-term ill-effects. Up to this point, a predictable way to stop nocturnal bruxism has not been identified.