According to a poll by National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS), 91 per cent of parents said they did not think that parents in Singapore had the right knowledge and capability to care for their children’s oral health.
We address 2 of the common dental issues faced by parents:
- Do parents need to worry about thumb sucking?
Sucking helps babies explore their world and provides security and comfort. Thumb, finger and pacifier sucking habits are common in babies and toddlers, but these habits should cease naturally when the child is between 2 and 4 years old.
- What products do you recommend to ease discomfort for babies who are teething?
A cold washcloth or chilled (not frozen) teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Massaging the gums with a finger or a washcloth might give some relief by pressure. Sometimes medication like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be considered as well, but use them with directions from your dentist/medical practitioner.