13 December 2017, Dubai, UAE: Dr. Mai Kamar, our Specialist Pediatric Dentist, welcomed a group of mothers for a coffee morning today at the clinic. The moms’ playgroup had children from one and a half to five years old.
Dr. Mai discussed about the importance of starting oral hygiene as soon as babies are born and gave the moms tips on how to clean their children’s teeth using age-appropriate finger brushes, tooth brushes and fluoride toothpastes.
She also tackled the proper way of breastfeeding and bottle feeding to avoid Early Childhood Caries (ECC or nursing caries). The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines ECC as the presence of one or more decayed, missing or filled tooth surface in any milk teeth in children between birth and 71 months of age.
“Tooth decay starts as small white spots that are sometimes left unnoticed by parents. Without proper brushing, flossing and visits to the dentists, these white spots can progress to caries or tooth decay even for children who are purely breastfeeding.”
Dr. Mai also stressed on the importance of maintaining proper nutrition and discussed why it is better to give snacks or deserts along with the main meals.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no fruit juice should be given to children one year old and below. Fruit juices are absolutely unnecessary for children below one. For older children, it’s better to give the fruit itself,” said Dr. Mai.
To arrange a visit to your school, a class fieldtrip to Dr. Michael’s Children’s Dental Center or a coffee morning with our dentists, please call our School Project Coordinator at 04-3397700.