40% of S'pore preschoolers suffer from severe tooth decay

SINGAPORE - According to the National Dental Centre Singapore, about 40 per cent of preschool children in Singapore suffer from severe tooth decay.

This is largely caused by a bacterial infection known as Early Childhood Caries, also known as bottle rot, caused by sweetened liquids given and left clinging to an infant's teeth for long periods.

The risk of transmission is higher if the mother or caregiver herself is in poor oral health, NDC said.

As such, prevention is the best option in the management of Early Childhood Caries, where parents are best advised to start on an infant oral health program and keep in good oral health themselves.

In conjunction with Oral Health Month in August this year, the Singapore Dental Association and Colgate are partnering to launch a series of activities that include an entire month of free dental check-ups nationwide.

More than 250 participating dental clinics will be providing free professional advice and tests for tooth sensitivity. These include selected Q&M Dental Surgery branches, Thomson Dental Centre and Gleneagles Dental Centre.

With the theme of 'Start Early, Healthy Mouth for a Healthier Life', the outreach programme will also address questions diabetics and their families may have regarding the condition's impact on oral health and the special attention that diabetics must pay to their teeth, mouth and gums.

There will be five roadshows held over every weekend till September 2, where the public will get to enjoy tutorials, games, live tooth brushing demonstrations and free Colgate product samples.

This weekend's roadshow will be held at Level 1 of East Point Atrium from 11am to 9pm.

Interested members of the public can visit www.oralhealthmonth.com.sg for the full list of participating clinics and more information.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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