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Look after your child’s teeth: All your questions answered!

Teaching your children good dental hygiene at a young age can help them avoid dental problems as they get older. Taking care of your child’s teeth and gums should begin even before their teeth break through the gums. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, the best time to start taking your child to the dentist …

Teaching your children good dental hygiene at a young age can help them avoid dental problems as they get older. Taking care of your child’s teeth and gums should begin even before their teeth break through the gums. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, the best time to start taking your child to the dentist is from about two-and-a-half years for routine check-ups. This will help get your child used to the environment, so they’re not that traumatised and scared when going for a big procedure.

Dentist Dr Meenakshi Iyer from Wiggle Teeth Dentistry answers all your pressing questions and concerns about your little one’s teeth.  

Q: At what age must my child start visiting the dentist?

A: We start when the first teeth come out. Then it’s a consultation for the parents, and lots of info is given. If the child opens their mouth, it’s a bonus!  

Q: Why are my child’s teeth yellow?

A:  It depends if it is part of the tooth or stains. A consult will be needed.  

Q: My toddler’s front teeth fell out. It’s been more than 6 months, and it has not grown back. Should I be worried?

A: I would advise consulting a dentist as the child is very young to lose teeth. X-rays will need to be taken, and appropriate advice will then be given.  

Q: At what age should I start flossing my child’s teeth?

A: As soon as you notice that the teeth are tight together. I have a nearly 3-year-old, and we’ve been flossing for a year.  

Q: Can too much toothpaste be harmful? My toddler loves brushing teeth just because of his nice, flavoured kids’ toothpaste. He licks it off his toothbrush.

A: A rice-sized bit is enough if they’re between the ages of 2 to 3 years. Also, keep to an age-appropriate toothpaste.

Q: My child has two rotting teeth. Can you give her gas and fix her teeth while she’s asleep?

A: Unfortunately, a case of rotten teeth needs to be evaluated before any answer can be given. There are options available. We do have gas, but it might not be suitable for all kids.

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