At what age should I start flossing and other questions about kids’ teeth answered

It’s really important to look after your child’s primary teeth, as they keep spaces for their permanent teeth.

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The best time to start taking your child to the dentist is from about 2 ½ years for routine check-ups. This will help to get your child used to the environment so they’re not that traumatised and scared when they have to go for a big procedure.

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Our resident dentist, Dr Meenakshi Iyer from Wiggle Teeth Dentistry answers your pressing questions and concerns about your kids’ teeth.

Q: My 3-year-old’s front teeth fell out. It’s been more than 6 months and it has not grown back. Should I be worried?

A: I would advise consulting a dentist as the child is very young to lose teeth. X-rays will need to be taken and appropriate advice will then be given.

Q: How much fluoride is too much? My toddler loves brushing teeth just because of his nice, flavoured kids’ toothpaste. He licks it off his toothbrush.

A: A rice-sized bit is enough if they’re between the ages of 2 to 3 years. Also, keep to an age-appropriate toothpaste.

Q: At what age must a child start visiting the dentist?

A: We start when the first teeth come out. Then it’s a consultation for the parents though as lots of info is given. If the child opens their mouth it’s a bonus!

Q: What causes yellow teeth. Is it the food my child eats?

A:  It depends if it is part of the tooth or stains. A consult will be needed.

Q: At what age is flossing necessary?

A: As soon as you notice that the teeth are tight together. I have a nearly 3-year-old and we’ve been flossing for a year.

Q: My 4-year-old has two rotting teeth. One on either side. But she would never allow for an injection in her mouth. So, what can I do? Can a dentist do something without injections. And none offer gas anymore.

A: Unfortunately, a case of rotten teeth needs to be evaluated before any kind of answer can be given. There are options available. We do have gas but it might not be suitable for all kids.

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