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How many teeth does a healthy child have?

June 8, 2012


How many teeth does a healthy child have?


A healthy 3 year old child has 20 teeth....

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Category: Family & Childrens Dentistry    |   Posted by: sharon   |   Answered by: Dr. Chin Shou King

My twins are 23 months, when is the ideal time to send them for dental checkup?

May 22, 2012

The ideal age to bring your children for their first dental check-up is before their first birthday. This is according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, British Society of Pediatric Dentistry and Society for Paediatric Dentistry (Singapore). ....
Category: Maintaining Dental Health    |   Posted by: sherlyn   |   Answered by: Dr. Chin Shou King

I am having a severe toothache and need to have it extracted

December 11, 2011

Not all teeth that are painful need to be extracted. Sometimes if the amount of tooth structure and gum support is favourable, you may want to try and preserve the tooth by undergoing a root canal treatment. This entails removal of the nerves of the tooth so that the pain coming from the nerves is gone. The tooth is left inside the mouth and can still be utilized for normal functions like eating, etc. ....
Category: Oral Surgery    |   Posted by: Yong Hoi Yuen   |   Answered by: Dr. Chin Shou King

Am I able to use my Medisave Account to pay for any expenses incurred by my family members?

September 1, 2010

You can use your Medisave Account to pay for the bills of your spouse, children, parents or grandparents (grandparents must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents). ....
Category: Medisave

How long does it take to straighten crooked teeth?

September 1, 2010

The duration of orthodontic treatment depends on the initial severity of the dental problem. Once started, factors that affect orthodontic treatment are dental health, regular visits and compliance with the dentists’ instructions. The orthodontist will be able to give a time estimate of your treatment once he/she has seen you. ....
Category: Orthodontics

How long after I have had oral surgery will I be able to eat or drink as normal?

September 1, 2010

After oral surgery you will generally experience some bleeding. Once this has stopped it is still important to remember not to eat or chew around the treated area and to swallow any saliva, this is because spitting it out may trigger the healing area of your mouth to start bleeding again. ....
Category: Oral Surgery

What can I do to prevent sore, swollen and bleeding gums?

September 1, 2010

There are several simple things you can do to prevent gum problems. Brushing your teeth twice a day is a great start, as is regular flossing. Eating a well-balanced diet, with lots of vitamin C, coupled with lots of water will also lessen your likelihood of suffering from gum problems. Finally, avoid smoking and try to avoid stress. ....
Category: Gum Problems

My gums are bleeding, does this mean I have gum disease?

September 1, 2010

Swollen and bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum disease; however there are a number of other reasons as to why you may be experiencing these symptoms. This could be down to incorrectly brushing your teeth, improper flossing, mouth ulcers, chemotherapy, tobacco products or hormonal changes. ....
Category: Gum Problems

What causes the pulp to become infected and ultimately require root canal treatment?

September 1, 2010

One of the main causes of pulp disease is tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when the tooth’s mineral content has been dissolved to the point whereby a hole or cavity has formed. ....

What is root canal treatment?

September 1, 2010

Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the centre of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure effectively seals off the root canal, saving teeth that may otherwise have been lost. ....

How do I look after my dentures?

September 1, 2010

Dentures are fairly fragile so it is important they are handled delicately. Your dentures should be removed at night, cleaned with a non-abrasive brush (ideally one specifically designed for dentures) and placed in a cleanser solution or in water over night. ....
Category: Dentures

How long do implants last?

September 1, 2010

The dental implant inserted into the jawbone should last indefinitely, as long as certain conditions are met. They are basically, optimum implant and teeth placement, good medical health, proper observation of diet and good hygiene practices. However, the crown or other restorative dental work placed on top of the implant will need replacing due to regular wear and tear, usually around every 10 to 15 years. ....
Category: Implant Dentistry
Dr. Alvin LEE
BDS (S'pore)

Dr Alvin Lee graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2006. As an active member of the student body, he served as the Vice President of the Dental Society. Upon graduation, he served in the government service as a clinician and was subsequently appointed as Head of Dental Services at Bukit Batok Polyclinic. Subsequently, the following two years saw further development in his career as he joined the Dental Centre in the National University Hospital where he further honed his skills in managing complex cases.
Dr Lee is an active member of the Singapore Dental Association, serving in the welfare commitee.  He also dedicates time to serve as the Vice President of the Guild of Dental Graduates during the past 2 years; and has helped to organise and coordinate the Guild's various highlight events and activities. He is also an active member of the NUS Medical Alumni (Southern Branch).
Dr Lee has a keen interest in Aesthetic and Implant dentistry. Commited to advancing his knowledge and skills, Dr Lee has actively participated in overseas and local conferences to keep abreast of the latest development of dental materials and techniques. He is a member of the Chicago Dental Society and a Fellow of the International Dental Academy.
Outside of dentistry, Dr Lee enjoys an active lifestyle in swimming and golf. Dr Lee participated in numerous overseas and local golf tournament as a junior golfer. He still maintains his passion for golf by hitting the range or golf course every month. He is also an avid marathon athelete. He has since participated and completed numerous marathons such as the Standard Chartered marathon and Adidas sundown marathon.
Dr. Chin Shou King
Dental Surgeon
BDS (Singapore)
Fellow of the International Dental Academy

Dr. Chin graduated from the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Dentistry, after winning two scholarships from Singapore Press Holdings. He served his bond as a Dental Officer in the Ministry of Health under the National Healthcare Group. Dr Chin eventually became the Head of Dental Services at one of NHG's Polyclinics and also held the portfolio of Assistant Head of Manpower.

Dr. Chin is a member of the Aesthetic Dentistry Society of Singapore, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Singapore Dental Association and the Old Rafflesians Association. He serves as the Honorary Treasurer of the Aesthetic Dentistry Society Singapore and is a Fellow of the International Dental Academy.

He has conducted public outreach programmes by giving public health and career guidance talks at the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, National University Hospital, Singapore Turf Club, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Raffles Junior College.

Dr. Chin practices General Dentistry with a keen interest in Implant, Aesthetic and Prosthetic Dentistry (dentures). Dr. Chin also enjoys and is proficient at treating and managing children, having spent one and a half years at the National University Hospital Dental Centre seeing patients on the Paediatric Dentistry waiting list.

An avid animal lover, Dr. Chin sits on the management committee for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA Singapore) and is the chairman of its Shelter & Cruelty Sub-committee.
Dr. Lin Gengfeng
BDS (Singapore)
Dental Surgeon
Fellow of the International Dental Academy

Dr Lin Gengfeng graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and served as a Dental Officer under the National Healthcare Group (NHG). Dr Lin was appointed the Head of Dental Services at one of NHG’s polyclinics before joining the premium clinics in NHG DentalCare.

Dr Lin has a strong interest in Implant, Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He is an active speaker on Implantology and Implant Aesthetics, having participated in the Straumann Implant Asia-Pacific Speaker Development Program in March 2010. Dr Lin was also one of the participants in the International Team for Implantology (ITI) World Symposium held in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2010. He was the moderator for the 1st Straumann – ITI Study Club held in June 2010. In 2008, Dr Lin participated in the Nobel Biocare World Tour where he presented a poster on flapless surgery.

Dr Lin is a member of several local and international professional organisations. He is a member of the Singapore Dental Association and has been serving in the Ethics Committee since 2007. He also served in the DentalSurgeon Committee (2008–2009) and the Oral Health Awareness Committee (2007-2010).

Dr Lin is currently an active member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), Asian Academy of Osseointegration (AAO), Prosthodontic Society Singapore (PSS), Aesthetic Dentistry Society Singapore (ADSS), and the Singapore Academy of Oral Rehabilitation & Implantology (SAORI). In addition, he is a Fellow of the International Dental Academy (IDA).

Outside of dentistry, Dr Lin holds the position of Deputy Director, Membership Division in Mensa Singapore.
Dr. Christopher Teo
Dental Surgeon
BDS (Adelaide, Australia)
Fellow of the International Dental Academy

Dr. Chris graduated from the prestigious University of Adelaide with a Bachelor in Dental Surgery in 2004.

After completing his National Service at the Dental Branch of the Medical Corp Headquarters, Dr Chris moved to the Aaron Dental Group, where he practiced family, preventive and conservative dentistry.

Keen to upgrade his professional skills and knowledge, Dr. Chris became a member of the Implant Study Group under the International Dental Academy and is currently a Fellow of the Academy. The group seeks to study the parameters in which implants can be restored aesthetically. He is also pursuing a wider scope of dentistry through orthodontics (braces).

His strong interest to further develop his skills in several specialist areas prompted him to join T32 Dental Centre, where he practices General Dentistry with a special interest in Implant, Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Dr Chris believes in extending his dentistry skills to the wider community and has volunteered his services in providing dental care to numerous rural towns such as Wyong, Newcastle and Whyalla during his time in Australia.