Care for Your Smile

Do you know?

  • Most Singaporeans will only visit the dentist when they have a dental problem.
  • 31% of Singaporeans aged 60 years and above were totally toothless as compared to 20% in other developed countries.

It is important to take good care of our well-being and that includes good oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease, which is linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Why do we need to maintain good dental health?

The oral cavity contains all sorts of bacteria. A diet high in sugar will cause acid-producing bacteria to flourish in the oral cavity. The bacteria will mix with sugary or starchy food and formed a sticky film on the teeth called plaque. Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly will help to get rid of plaque. Negligence in oral care will result in the plaque hardening into tartar. This will lead to cavities and inflammation of the gum, a condition called gingivitis.

If the condition is left untreated, it will cause receding gums and accumulation of pus. This advanced gum disease is called periodontitis.

Symptoms of dental problem

You should see the dentist if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

How to maintain good dental health?

Maintaining good dental health is a lifelong commitment. You can reduce the risk of getting dental problem by doing the following:

Sources:

https://www.colgate.com/en-sg/oral-health/cavities/dental-caries

https://www.glasgowdentalcare.co.uk/child-dentist-in-glasgow/ https://www.healthline.com/health/periodontitis#symptoms

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