It is a myth that children’s teeth are not important since 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 how they view dental care when they reach adulthood. By introducing dental care at an early age, it can help your child to understand the significance of taking care of their teeth as well as an easier acceptance towards dentist visits.
Maintaining our teeth is a lifelong commitment we should instill 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 maintaining good oral health throughout their lives. At Specialist Dental Group, we ensure that each child is treated by a skilled paediatric dentist when they visit our clinic in Singapore. Make an appointment here.
The paediatric dentist at our clinic in Singapore will bring your child through a few processes. They include:
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. If a problem does arise in the future, you have the contact details of a dentist your child is familiar with on hand. 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.
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.
|Scaling & polishing||$120 — 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|
|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 paediatric dentistry team is led by Dr Tabitha Chng. She received her specialty training in Paedodontics from University of Toronto, Canada. Dr Chng is currently the only Paediatric dentist to be dually certified by both the American Board of Paediatric Dentistry and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr Chng loves to see children smile and constantly strives to create a safe and relaxed environment for kids to enjoy their visits.Read More
Our Dental Specialist in Children’s Dentistry (Paedodontist) is Dr Tabitha Chng. She is experienced in treating the dental needs of children from babies to young adults. She received her specialty training in Paedodontics from University of Toronto, Canada. She is currently the only Paediatric dentist to be dually certified by both the American Board of Paediatric Dentistry and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
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.
Qualified Since : 2007
Our paediatric dentist is experienced in dental care management for children, having treated them for a range of dental problems in Singapore for many years. The dentist focuses on the two core areas of the child’s dental health:
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.
We treat a variety of dental problems among children at our paediatric clinic. They include:
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.
Ideally, you should start brushing your child’s teeth when the first tooth is developed, which usually develops around six months of age.
There could be a range of reasons why your child’s teeth are hurting. Common causes of tooth pain include cavities, growing teeth or improper brushing. Eating candies in excess can cause tooth decay, especially sour food and candies which will strip away your tooth’s enamel. If the pain worsens or persists for prolonged periods of time, it is highly recommended to bring your child for a dental appointment.
It is recommended to bring your child for their first dental appointment at the age of one or even earlier. This will help your child to feel comfortable and grow accustomed to dental checkups while instilling the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.
While it is true that baby teeth will eventually fall, it is important to take good care of them in order to prevent tooth infections or decay which can hinder the development of new teeth and cause long term damage.