Child tooth decay and infant oral health

Almost one in two children in Singapore has tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten.

Tooth decay, formally known as early childhood caries (ECC), is the most prevalent chronic disease in children. Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, swelling, affecting growth and development of adult teeth. Unlike other chronic diseases, ECC is preventable.

It is recommended that children go for their first dental visit by one year old. This gives dentists an opportunity to educate parents and caregivers on the risk factors of ECC before ECC happens.

In July's "Ask The Specialist" forum, Dr Bien Lai, Head and Consultant of Paediatric Dentistry at National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS), a member of the SingHealth group, is here to answer your queries about tooth decay in children and infant oral health.

This forum is open from 1 July to 28 July 2020.

 

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About Dr Bien Lai

Dr Bien Lai is Head and Consultant of the Paediatric Dentistry Unit at National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS), a member of the SingHealth group.

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