Dental Check-Up (Part 2)

The thought of cavities really sent a shiver down my spine. I need to get Little Edison treated by the dentist as soon as possible. I thought that a pediatric dentist would be a good choice for young children, thus I did a search on the internet. And I found Dr. Ong Yean Sze, a pediatric specialist from SmileFocus.

I rang the clinic to make an appointment. Unfortunately, Dr. Ong’s Saturday schedule has been fully booked till August. I’ve no choice but to make an appointment on a weekday two weeks later. On the day itself, The Hubby and I took childcare leave to bring Little Edison to see Dr. Ong.

Our appointment was 10am, so we trundled down to the clinic at Camden Medical Centre immediately after breakfast. The clinic is new, modern and elegant too. There is a play area equipped with electronic games, a TV, books, toys and coloring materials for the children and a waiting room with refreshments, newspapers and magazines for the parents.

“Be prepared to pay a hefty bill today, dear”, I whispered to The Hubby. He looked around the first-class clinic, smiled and he said “Yes!”

We waited for less than five minutes before we get to see Dr. Ong. She is very pleasant and professional. Firstly, she wanted to know Little Edison’s diet, eating and tooth brushing habits. By the time we finished explaining, she already had an idea what is wrong with Little Edison’s teeth.

Basically, she is concerned that we’re feeding Little Edison with too many milk feeds and sweet drinks. Simply put, sugar equals cavities. At this age, he should be getting most of his nutrients through solid food. Sweet drinks, including formula milk, Yakult and fruit juices, should be restricted to only one feeding per day.

Well, this is tough for us. Little Edison is notorious for being picky with food, therefore we’re supplementing with formula milk. He needs Yakult and fruit juices to prevent constipation too.

These are some important advice from Dr. Ong to prevent dental cavities in our children. I really want to share with all of you:

1. Reduce frequency of sweetened or acid food.

2. Reduce the frequency of sweet drinks (including formula milk) to once a day.

3. Reduce snacks like sweets, ice-cream and chocolate and strictly limit them to certain “treat days” only, i.e. during parties or events when other children are also eating them.

4. Use normal adult toothpaste. Yes, you heard it right. Normal children’s toothpaste is not strong enough to prevent tooth decay due to low fluoride concentration.

5. Lastly, brushing before bedtime is important. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day and visit the dentist regularly.

Dr. Ong did a thorough examination and she confirmed that further treatment is necessary to fix the cavities. I was a little puzzled to hear that the treatment may progress under general anaesthetic. Concerned over the need for GA, coupled with high cost, we’ve decided not to pursue further treatment at Smilefocus.

To cut the story short, we went back to my dentist, Dr. Kevin Ong. I’m so glad to hear that he does fillings for young children too. Last weekend, we brought Little Edison to Dr. Kevin Ong’s clinic for his first filling. The decay is removed with an instrument, water and debris are then sucked way. The cavity is then filled with composite (tooth-colored filling). The whole process is completed within five minutes, without the use of a local anaesthetic.

Amazing, isn’t it? We’ll see Dr. Kevin Ong again next month for another filling. This should solve his dental problem for the time-being. Hopefully.

 

Dr. Kevin Ong’s clinic is located at:

The Dentist@Orchard Pte Ltd

51 Cuppage Road

#01-08 Starhub Centre

Singapore 229469

Tel: 65 6738-5833

http://www.smiledesignstudio.info/

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Dental Check-Up (Part 1)

This is the first time I blog about our dental experience with Little Edison, but in fact, this was our third visit to the dentist.

As most of us are aware, once our child has a full set of teeth, usually around the age of two, we should start taking him/her to the dentist for twice-yearly check-ups.

Little Edison’s first visit to the dentist was in November last year (at the age of 3). I went for my twice-yearly check-up with my dentist and I brought him along. My dentist is Dr. Kevin Ong from The Dentist@Orchard. He’s the friendliest and the gentlest dentist that I’ve ever seen.

I used to dread going to the dentist due to the phobia I developed in the early years of my life. When I was a kid, there was only ONE dentist in my home town. I had several bad experiences with this Indian dentist. When I started school, my experience with the school dentist was another nightmare. The dentist and dental nurses were extremely unfriendly and rough.

When I started working, I looked for good and quality dental services as cost is no longer a concern. I’m glad to meet Dr. Kevin seven years ago and since then, I no longer dread visiting the dentist. His clinic has a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Most importantly, he is extremely gentle and has a great affinity with children too.

This is our boy at Dr. Kevin Ong’s clinic:

Little Edison’s first dental check-up turned out pretty well. Dr. Kevin spent the first few minutes getting him familiarized with the dentist’s chair, lamp, tools and environment. When he was seated comfortably and in a relaxed manner, Dr. Kevin examined his teeth and polished away the milk stains.

There is no major issue that requires further treatment, however, Dr. Kevin advised us to brush the chewing surface of the molar teeth properly as they are prone to cavities. So, we returned home happily with Little Edison’s teeth sparking clean and white.

About four months after the visit, we noticed two little black holes in his first molars. Omg. I can’t help but blame myself for not brushing his teeth properly. But he isn’t complaining of any toothache, so I really have no idea when the tooth decay actually began. I’ve to bring him to the dentist as soon as possible.

This post is to be continued…

 

Oral Health

Keeping my son healthy, safe and happy is always my main priority. I believe it’s the same for all parents. We supervise them, we provide guidance, we ensure that all their needs are satisfied and we take care of their well-beings in every way.

It is especially true when it comes to taking care of our children’s teeth. I want Little Edison to have strong and healthy teeth. When he smiles, I love to see his set of pearly white teeth.

I started the brushing routine as soon as his first milk tooth emerged. I cleaned his mouth with a soft damn washcloth. I wiped his teeth, gum and tongue gently to remove residual milk.

At around 8-9 months, I started brushing his teeth with soft tooth brush and baby toothpaste. I used First Teeth® Baby Toothpaste that contains a unique natural enzyme system to protect his mouth against harmful bacteria. My dentist also recommended this toothpaste to prevent early tooth decay.

First Teeth Baby Toothpaste

It is fluoride-free, made with natural fruit flavors without artificial preservatives. Thus, it is safe even if swallowed. Little Edison enjoys brushing his teeth during his shower time with First Teeth® Baby Toothpaste

Pigeon ToothbrushNow at 20 months with all his milk teeth grown, he is all ready to practice his dental hygience with his first real toothbrush. I’m teaching him the proper tooth-brushing techniques with his first Pigeon training toothbrush.

Once he can handle his toothbrush well, I’ll teach him how to spit. And then, we will slowly move on to real toothpaste.

With daily brushing routine and practices, brushing his teeth is never a struggle for me. Taking care of his teeth is important, and I’ll encourage Little Edison to have good brushing habits that he will practice all the way to his future permanent teeth.

Useful Links – Read more about toddler’s oral health and Pigeon toothbrush here:

http://www.babycenter.com.sg/baby/development/teething/
http://www.pigeonbaby.info/subcategory.php?subcat_id=16