EARLY DENTAL CHECKUP
Anabelle was just one year old when she was brought for her first dental check-up. At that time she only had 8 baby teeth, but her mother recognized the need to have them examined. This is what her upper front teeth looked like.
Can you tell what is wrong with image A?
Although they looked fine to the passing eye, a dental examination revealed the presence of whitish, opaque discoloration at the tips of the two front teeth. See them now? If not, sit further back from the screen and look again.
This is the beginning of dental decay, or Early Childhood Caries.
Left untreated by her 3rd birthday, Anabelle’s front teeth will look like image B.
Severe Early Childhood Caries results in pain, swelling (look at the gum on the upper left), fever, loss of appetite and sleep, and even systemic infection.
Not to mention a very unaesthetic smile. By this stage of the disease, a child becomes understandably far more difficult to treat. Fortunately, it was not too late to recognize the habits that were causing this disease.
Anabelle’s mother was able to change these habits, and stop the decay in its tracks before it progressed to become severe.
YES, DENTAL DECAY IS A DISEASE
But if it is diagnosed early, it can be prevented and stopped. However in Singapore, 50% of all children by age 6 are affected by Early Childhood Caries, making tooth decay the most prevalent childhood disease in Singapore.
This is why here at The Dental Studio, we believe that preventive dental care is of utmost importance for your child. We follow the guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommending that every child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday.
From this point on, we seek to encourage and inculcate both parent and child with a positive attitude and mindset towards dental health. By identifying early the risk factors unique to each and every child, dental disease becomes preventable. We strive to give all parents the tools and education needed to ensure this. And good oral habits will contribute towards a bright and confident smile that will follow your children through life.