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A 30-something from sunny Singapore who's tried her hand at lots of things, such as selling skin care & make-up, working in a (boring) corporate setting, trying to carve a singing career, giving private tuition, being a fitness instructor, writing/editing etc...

Besides exasperating her parents to no end, she loves experimenting with new make-up looks, uncovering the best make-up & skin care products, modelling for herself before the camera, singing at the top of her lungs (with preferably no one to hear it), and writing whatever, whenever (as you can already tell).

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A Dentist 2x A Year Keeps The Caries Away

This post title is self-explanatory.

I’ve just been to the dentist’s recently, and thought it’d be good to remind you to pay attention to your dental health. I don’t have a before pic, but happily here’s my AFTER pic! 😀

I’m one of the luckiest in my family to have healthy gums and teeth. I don’t have the most aligned teeth (like Xiaxue now does :P) but mine was au naturel, so I’m pretty darn proud! Ok, I did succumb to tooth whitening 5 years ago (which reminds me, I need a touch-up soon), but it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made, I must say!

Anyway, what really necessitates my frequent visits to my dentist is my teeth’s irritating tendency to stain very easily. I’m a heartland kopitiam gal, and I really love my coffee and sometimes tea, so my dentist has specifically instructed me to see him every 4 months, which means I see the dentist 3x a year!

To tell you the truth, I believe one of my first frequent dental visits in my teens has most likely brought about my chronic allergic conjunctivitis condition, because of the mercury amalgam filling that he had placed. But now that I’ve replaced all my mercury fillings with tooth-coloured composite ones, demand all new fillings to be non-mercury, and have undergone allergy treatments (more about that another time), my mental association with dentistry has become a whole lot more positive now.



Anyhow, flossing before bed and brushing twice a day are all good if you do that daily, but a trip to the dentist (ok, make that two trips) cannot be left out of the equation. You’ll still have buildup of plaque and tartar, which require a dentist to remove. Also he/she can see if any decays are developing and if you need any fillings.

And think you can have bad teeth and gums but still get away with great health? Think again. Research has linked bad dental health to Alzheimer’s Disease as well as heart disease and stroke.

Here’s a look at what other Singaporeans are doing to their teeth: Findings of a Singapore study on oral care in 2009.

So start flossing before bedtime, brushing PLUS using a mouthwash in the morning and before bed, replace your toothbrush every 3 months AND see your dentist at least twice a year! And keep smiling like moi! Cheers! 🙂

6 comments to A Dentist 2x A Year Keeps The Caries Away

  • Hi Louise, about your comment, I’ve used Urban Decay Ammo Palette, it’s just a gradient of the following colours from the inner corner: poliester bride, last call and oil slick on the crease

  • louisakoh

    Hi Beauty Addict,

    Thank you so much for replying. I’ve looked at the Urban Decay swatches online, and the inner corner of the eyes look like it’s Sin or Chopper more than Polyester Bride! But your eye look was lovely. I loved the other one your niece did for you. Was that liquid eyeshadow or cream eyeshadow? Somehow I feel powder shadows can’t achieve that look, unless it’s MAC LOL

  • Hey I liked your blog. You are write, we must floss and brush our teeth before bedtime and replace your toothbrush every 3 months! I was reading a similar article last week but forgot to bookmark it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Louisa Koh

    Thank you Tarsha for the thumbs-up!

  • WeiLing

    Where did you have them removed? Cos I’m thinking of removing them but not sure on where’s a gd place to go

  • Louisa Koh

    Hi WeiLing, I got them removed at my previous dentist’s at Serangoon Central… I no longer visit that dentist though.. hope that helps!

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