Quick reminders and tips to help care for your four-year-old’s health and well-being!
Once your little one turns three, it's time to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to brush his teeth.
Make sure your child spits out the toothpaste after brushing, instead of swallowing it.
Milk teeth do not fall out all at once — the first ones will fall out when your child is about six or seven, and the last ones will fall out around ages 10 to 12.
Protect your child’s pearly whites. Bring him for a dental check-up once every six months, or as advised by the dentist.
Encourage the little one to take a short 5-minute break after 30 to 40 minutes of near work activity.
Make sure your child keeps his distance from screens:
Thinking of switching your little one to low-fat milk? Between the ages of two and five, you may start giving him low-fat milk.
Limit how much sugary beverages your little one drinks; these include soft drinks, fruit juice, and flavoured milk. Remember, water is best!
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Youth Preventive Dental Service (YPDS) provides oral health screening for pre-schoolers at some childcare centres as part of the Preschool Oral Health Screening and Fluoride Therapy Programme. Parents will be informed of the screening findings and recommended follow-up action through an "Information Sheet for Parents" that is downloadable from HealthHub.
YPDS also provides free basic dental services to Primary and Secondary students through school dental clinics and mobile dental clinics.
Annually, Primary 1, 2, 4 and 6, Secondary 1 and 3, and ITE Year 1 students who are enrolled in the school dental programme will be screened and treated by YPDS. Students in other levels who require dental services may visit the school or mobile dental clinics for free consultation and treatment.
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