CFS Dental is first and foremost a family-oriented practice, delivering high-quality dentistry for all ages. We have patients ranging from 80 years or older to preschool ages. The basis and aims of children’s dentistry are no different to any adult dentistry and maintenance. The only difference is in the manner in which we deliver dentistry to younger children.
Young minds are often impressionable and perceptive, and they may come with preconceived opinions from what they have learned from their peers or at home, and that presents its challenges that can be very taxing but also very rewarding.
“I find treating kids enormously challenging and work tirelessly to win them over emotionally, before carrying out any necessary treatment. When that happens, the reward is unbelievably satisfactory beyond words for me and their families too.” - Dr Ng.
By using their level of communication, body language, without prejudice or condescension, they often open up to you emotionally. To gain this trust, you must always be honest with them and explain the truth in simple terms that they understand, and never attempt to surprise them from behind. You do not get a second, or third chance if you cry wolves with young children.
Why Is it Important for Children to Visit the Dentist?
At CFS Dental, we believe emphatically that good oral hygiene habits should be cultivated from an early age. Not unlike our general health, early good oral dental health will have long-term benefits for adulthood and old age. Early detection of minor issues such as tooth decay and gum disease etc. can be treated before it becomes a major and costly problem. It is a fallacy to think that just because children’s deciduous teeth are meant to be replaced by adult teeth, that they are not important. Modern science has helped us understand the health of deciduous teeth can directly affect the child’s physical growth and cognitive development.
Two common examples are:
- Incorrect chewing habits due to a bad bite and tooth pain can compound to cause the uneven strength of the child’s jaw muscles, which can alter the development of the facial profile.
- A mouth-breathing habit, due to involuntary avoidance of breathing through the nose because of tooth pain or jawbone (skeletal) discrepancy, can deprive the child’s oxygen intake during daytime or at night. This has enormous adverse effects on the child’s normal development and often causes irritability and a short concentration span, limiting their potential to thrive and have fun. If left undetected, this can often progress to a more serious sleep disorder in adulthood. We all know the serious consequences of sleep disorders, i.e. high blood pressure, cardiac arrest, obesity, early mortality, choking, premature/small birth etc..
How often Should Children Visit the Dentist?
Just like adults, children should visit their dentist every six months, or as determined by their dentist, according to your child’s individual needs. It is important that parents are supportive and proactive in encouraging their children’s visits and we all work together to make it a positive experience for them.
At CFS Dental, we encourage young mothers to bring their toddlers along, while they attend to their own dental appointments. This is a perfect way to introduce the young ones in a casual, non-threatening and constructive way. We let them wander around and explore the new environment and let them decide when is the right time for them to want to see the dentist.
Common Paediatric Treatments
- Preventative cleaning and fluoride treatment
- Oral hygiene and dietary encouragement advice
- Early childhood developmental assessment, i.e. breathing difficulties and abnormal jaw relationship
- Filling of decayed teeth
- Root canal treatment - Deciduous root canal therapy is usually a quick, one-visit procedure because of the different physiology of their root canal, as compared to adult teeth.
- Mouth guard for sports
- Space maintainer for early tooth loss
- Referral to ENT or orthodontist for more complex developmental problems