The importance of seeing a paediatric dentist

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in News, Videos
The importance of seeing a paediatric dentist

At Moira Wong Orthodontics, we understand that your child is your top priority and, of course, their dental health and wellbeing can’t be trusted to just any doctor. So, why is it so important that all parents need to have their children visit a paediatric dentist at least once a year?

Last December, we had an 8-year-old boy who came visit us with his mother. The mother said that he had been complaining about toothache a lot. However, when the boy visited a general dentist, the dentist said her son’s teeth were completely fine. After examining the child’s teeth, we found out that the patient actually had cavities but they are tiny and easily missed during an examination in a general dental practice.

This is just one of many cases that we have worked on over the years when children’s cavities have not been found otherwise. Mrs Richmond, mother of 6-year-old Martha, had a similar experience and was shocked (and felt guilty and embarrassed) to find out that her daughter had a cavity even though a few months before she was told by a general dentist that her daughter’s teeth were really healthy!

The reason paediatric dentists are able to discover these problems is because they have much more specific experience than a general dentist does with children’s teeth. They specialise in dental care for children and work with children exclusively, so it’s much easier for them to examine children’s teeth and they are highly aware of dental issues and behaviour particular to children. Also, paediatric dentists focus on preventative care including interceptive treatment. More importantly, they are experts in terms of monitoring oral growth and the development of your children.

We have a fully qualified, highly experienced paediatric dentist team at Moira Wong Orthodontics so you know your children’s dental health can be trusted in our care. In fact, we have wonderful case studies of our patients so you can see for yourself.

You can find out more about children’s orthodontics at our practice here.

In the video below, Dr Nazli Imtiaz introduces herself and explains the importance of orthodontic visits from age 7, and regular paediatric dental check-ups.

If you have dental concerns, please make an appointment with us.
Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.