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How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Young Kids

Shocking: More than 50 per cent of pre-schoolers in Singapore have tooth decay.

Protect your child's teeth by following these expert advice. By TImothy Goh

Have a young child who complains of toothaches? Your toddler is not alone - at least 50 per cent of pre-schoolers in Singapore have tooth decay, according to paediatric dentist Badrun Nafis from Thomson Paediatric Centre (Katong). In addition, 38.4 per cent of Singapore's pre-schoolers suffer from severe early childhood decay.

If left untreated, decaying milk-teeth can affect the development of children's permanent teeth. Here are 10 tips on how to keep your child's smile healthy and decay-free.

Sources: American Dental Association, Health Promotion Board, KidsDental, Ministry of Health, Q&M Kids, Thomson Paediatric Centre (Katong)

This article was first published on www.straitstimes.com on June 12, 2017, with the headline "Tooth decay among young kids: 10 tips to keep cavities at bay".

(Also read: How Hormonal Changes Can Cause Tooth Decay & Gum Problems)

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