My First Dentist is a paediatric specialist clinic designed with young kids and their families in mind. Made up of individuals who love working with kids, we strive to create a fun and safe environment for your children to enjoy quality care!
FAMS (Paediatric Dentistry), MSc Paediatric Dentistry (Toronto), FRCD (Canada), Diplomate, American Board of Paediatric Dentistry
Dr Chng is a Board Certified Paediatric Dentist. Valedictorian of her graduating class at the National University of Singapore, she was twice placed on the Dean’s List and picked up numerous University Medals. Quick to identify her love for working with children, she pursued a diploma in Child Psychology after graduation which cemented her life-long decision to serve the paediatric population.
Receiving a scholarship from the Ministry of Health, she furthered her training at the University of Toronto, Canada where she received the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award and was awarded the Dr Keith Titley Paediatric Dental Graduate Training Scholarship. She is currently the only paediatric dentist in Singapore to be dually Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.
Dr Chng loves to see children smile and constantly strives to create a safe and relaxed environment for kids to enjoy their visits. She particularly enjoys guiding anxious children towards developing an excitement for their dental visits. Besides fighting cavities, she has a special interest in paediatric sleep medicine (eg. tooth grinding, snoring) and early management of crooked teeth without braces.
With a love for learning, she has completed a certificate in nutrition and has now set her sights on completing a second Masters in Sleep Medicine — all this while fretting over Mandarin for her two lovable children and hoping PSLE will be scrapped by the time they are of age.
Dr Pauline Lee Shih Jia
MSc (Craniofacial Science) (UBC),
Dip (Paediatric Dentistry) (UBC)
Dr Lee graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2014, and in a stroke of serendipity, got to work as a dental officer in Paediatric Dentistry at the National Dental Centre Singapore. During her time working with the team there (including Dr Chng!), she was inspired to venture out and pursue her specialty training at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. There, she honed her aptitude for working with children and was selected as chief resident in her final year, graduating with a Combined Master of Science in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry in 2020.
Dr Lee believes that children are capable of so much, and finds joy in helping her patients (and their parents!) navigate a potentially stressful dental environment. She prides herself in being open, non-judgemental, and empathetic, so there is always a safe place to share any worries or anxieties.
Her UBC training was well-rounded and she is experienced with hospital dentistry, children with special needs and interceptive orthodontics; Dr Lee also has special interest in non-pharmacological methods of behavioural management.
In her free time, Dr Lee loves exploring, trying exotic foods, and skiing -- anything to satisfy her inner child and sense of adventure!
Frequently Asked Questions
First Visit Matters
When should I bring my child for the first dental visit? Children should be seen by their 1st birthdayas recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
What to expect at the first visit? We examine your child’s mouth and teeth to ensure everything is developing healthily. This is a great opportunity for parents to have any concerns addressed and learn how to best care for your child’s dental health. Since no two children are alike, we customize our dental advice to your child’s or family's needs.
What if my child will not cooperate? Like many parents, you may be nervous about how your child is going to behave. A first visit can be challenging for young children (just like the first day of school). Do not be surprised or embarrassed if your child does not cooperate initially. Our goal is to introduce your child to the dentist in a fun and positive manner. More tips in our blog post!
Keeping A Healthy Smile
How often should I brush my child's teeth?
Toothbrushing should be done at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. Parents should assist with toothbrushing until children demonstrate reasonable dexterity, usually around 7 years old. Please let us know if you'd like a fun brushing-test to assess your child's brushing ability!
Is fluoride toothpaste necessary?
Fluoride helps in preventing cavities. Your child may use a fluoridated toothpaste once he is able to spit well (usually between 2-3 years old). Younger children may benefit from fluoridated toothpaste if they are at high risk of developing decay. We are happy to recommend toothpastes to meet your child's needs.
How often should I bring my child to see the dentist?
We love to see your child every 6 months to check on the health and development of his smile. More frequent visits may be recommended if there is a higher risk of developing dental issues.