By Kristelle Bechayda
Children generally love to eat anything sweet, from candies to cakes and most especially, ice cream. This makes their dental health a priority, but we are oftentimes faced with their preconceived fears of going to the dentist.
During the opening of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center’s ninth clinic at SM Megamall, its president and chief executive officer Dr. Steve Mark Gan shares how they handle pediatric patients to lessen their fear of dental checkups.
Start them young
In an exclusive interview with Moms and Babies, Dr. Gan suggests that one way to ease the children’s fears is to make them visit the dentist at a young age. When their teeth starts coming out, they invite their young patients to get acquainted with their staff and pediatric dentist so they would feel at home in the clinic.
“Once they are four years old, we start taking X-rays just to make sure everything is fine. Then we go from there, slowly but surely. At six years old, that’s when the permanent teeth starts coming out. We have a strict regimen to start the cleanings already.” he adds.
Despite that, it is already a different story when kids are about to start with a dental procedure. They can’t help but feel scared and GAOC’s pediatric dentists make sure first that they talk to the kids until they are comfortable and calm.
He also shares the following notes for parents to remember in taking care of their children’s dental health:
- Brush four times instead of three times a day. They need to brush every after meals. Four times a day would be good. If not, minimum of three times a day.
- Visit the dentist every six months. If the child has gum problems, then the visit should be every three months.
- They have to floss properly.
- Use the right toothbrush and toothpaste. There are a lot of toothpastes that, in my opinion, are substandard so get yourself a good one.
- If needed, they have to use mouthwashes. There are certain mouthwashes that treat certain bacteria in the mouth. So it has to be prescribed by a professional.