Good dental hygiene starts from young. Parents need to cultivate good dental hygiene habits the moment they have teeth. The good news is, kids are excited to learn new things and this includes brushing their teeth. Here are some tips on how to get them started early
Tips on Brushing Teeth for Toddlers/Kids
-Use Fluoride toothpaste ( Use a pea-size amount)
-Brush twice a day ( Keep this morning and before bed time routine)
-Recommended to supervise toddler’s brushing till they are 7 years old ( It is important to ensure they are brushing correctly especially when they are only beginning to learn how to do it)
-Let them watch you brush your teeth ( Kids at this age loves to “copy” and if they see you brushing your teeth, they would be eager to do it too)
-Give them sugary food/drink before bedtime
-Limit the time use for “Sippy Cups” as prolong use keeps teeth soaked in sugar
-Don’t let them fall asleep with a bottle/sippy cups. Remove them from their mouth as soon as they fall asleep or before they sleep.
-Avoid using the words like “ hurt”, “ painful”, “scary” when educating them about dental hygiene to decrease the fear of visiting the Dentist in the future
-Make the routine fun by singing or have a reward chart for when they brush. There are lots of fun songs on dental hygiene you can find on Youtube to make this routine enjoyable.
-Get a stepping tool to help them reach the sinkIntroduce them to Dental Visit as regularly as possible. Start young!
– Use a Reward Chart overtime they brush their teeth. This makes it a lot more fun for the kids and they will be more willing to do it.
Download a FREE PRINTABLE REWARD CHART to encourage your kids to brush their teeth. You can save the following chart and print it!
In remembrance of those who lost hope and the Suicidal Prevent Awareness Week, We decided to talk about Depression. What are the signs of someone who is depressed and understanding how to go about treating it.
These are some signs that may suggest that you are simply “ Burn Out”If you ignore this and not change your lifestyle it may result in Depression.
Take a PAUSE. Maybe it is your career, your work environment ; maybe you’re stuck in a toxic relationship or having problems with your family. It could even be a bad habit you adopted in your daily life.
A lot of time people with depression may not even know they have one because they don’t seem sad all the time and some symptoms can be less obvious. This include “invisible symptoms” such as a sudden change in sleeping patterns, change in appetite
5 signs that you are Mentally Drained
Life is unpredictable and doesn’t always go your way. Long term stress may result in Mental Drainage and can cause Depression if you don’t change your lifestyle and take care of it. Here are some warning signs that you might be Mentally Drained
You are always tired: Getting out of bed is already physically and mentally draining. You experience personality loss
Random anxiety attack : It can happen out of nowhere. Your mind is racing and full of overwhelming thoughts. You feel overwhelmed with uncontrollable emotions.
Easily irritable : Increasingly irritated and upset at those around you even at the mostminor things
You fall sick : You have headaches, chest pain, neck pain, constipation. Its your body’s way of telling you need to make a lifestyle change!
Solitude and Unhappiness : Your usual habits don’t bring you joy and you avoid social situations
If you prolong this lifestyle that causes stress on you physically and mentally, it could lead to Depression. It is important to recognise these warning signs and eliminate the cause of stress.
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Talk to someone today because it can get better if you want it to be !
There are people who wants to help if you reach out
Samaritans of Singapore : 1800 221 4444
Since the olden days, Honey has been used for medicinal purposes.
Honey is powerful nectar that can be used as a key ingredient of natural remedies for your skin. hair and wounds.
Hair Benefits : Honey is an emollient . This means it has the natural characteristics of softening and soothing the hair and skin.
Hair Mask : Best combination is with Olive Oil to treat dull hair. Mix it together and heat it in microwave for 30 seconds . Leave it on your hair 30 mins
Scalp Treatment: Mix 1:6 parts of honey and water. Heat it up in a microwave for 20 seconds.Massage your scalp and leave it on for 3 mins
Hair Removal: 200g of sugar, 2 tblspn of honey and 1 lemon juice. Mix it well and put it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Repeating these steps 3 times. Let it cool down for 10 mins and apply a thin layer on the area you want to remove with a stick. Put a cloth on top of the wax evenly before pulling it out towards the direction of your hair growth.
Medicinal and Health Benefits : Honey is also a natural anti-oxidants and contains compounds like antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties.
Wound Care:Acidic pH of between 3.2 and 4.5. It also has antibacterial effecton bacteria commonly presents in wounds.. Santize everything andthen apply honey to the dressing before putting it on your wounds.
Reduce the duration of Diarrhoea: Honey also promotes increased potassium and water intake, which is particularly helpful when experiencing diarrhea.
Improve immune system & boost brain’s health : 1 tablespoon of honey every morning
Relieves sore throat: Mix it with warm water and drink thrice a day. Honey can help in soothing the inflammation
Reduce razor burns:Soothe the irritation caused by shaving mishaps by smearing a dab of raw honey over razor bumps post-shave. Rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes.
Beauty Benefits : Everyone knows the wonders of Honey when it comes to beauty. It is a common ingredient in beauty products from ancient time till now!
Natural Exfoliator :Natural antimicrobial quality that can act as exfoliant . Mix this with sugar and a little bit of coconut oil . Rub it on your skin or lips to gently remove dead skin
Glowy Face Mask : Mix it with gprund oats and lemon juice. This mixture is rich in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It will sooth breakouts and add glow to your face
Honey combined with different natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Turmeric can tackle different skin problems!
There are 2 ways you can whiten your teeth to get that Hollywood Smile. One is through treatment that involves chemicals & light or natural remedies. Either way, both can result in a much brighter looking teeth.
How much does it cost to whiten your teeth in Singapore?
We have done the research for you and found out that the market rate for teeth whitening can range anywhere from $850 -$3000. This price is for the procedure done at the Dentist itself and not their take-home whitening kit. Take-home whitening kit approved by the Dentist can range about $400 in Singapore.
It is no secret that going to the Dentist for teeth whitening is the most effective and fastest way to see the results however we also included some natural ways on how you can whiten your teeth at home. This procedure is going to take time but it is an inexpensive and natural way to brighten your smile!
5 proven Natural Remedies: How to whiten your teeth at home using natural products in minutes!
Please keep in mind that these uses may not be appropriate for use in children and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Activated Charcoal, twice a week
- Use your fingers to rub activated charcoal on your teeth rather than applying it with a toothbrush to reduce abrasiveness.
- Rub it in a circular motion for 1 minute
DID YOU KNOW? Activated charcoal absorbs impurities and whitens teeth effectively because of its adsorbent nature allows it to bind to toxins and odours.
Baking Soda, twice a week
- Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 2tsp of water. We the toothbrush with the solution and brush your teeth
- Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and then rinse your mouth with water.
DID YOU KNOW? A report reviewed five studies that looked at baking soda’s ability to remove plaque from teeth. All five studies found that baking soda alone effectively removed plaque *
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Turmeric, once a week
- Sprinkle some turmeric powder on your toothbrush and brush your teeth.
- Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and then rinse your mouth thoroughly.
- Brush with your regular toothpaste after this.
DID YOU KNOW? Tumeric is a powdered spice that is good for your whole body including oral hygiene
Coconut Oil, every morning
- Rub some coconut oil on your teeth with your fingers. Ensure you do not swallow it.
- Rinse with adequate water and follow with brushing.
DID YOU KNOW? The lauric acid present in coconut oil contains lauric acid which helps in getting rid of plaque and bacteria in the teeth
Banana Peel, Daily
- Cut the banana peel into small pieces
- Take a piece and rub the inside of it on your teeth. Rub gently all over your teeth for a minute or two.
Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.
DID YOU KNOW? Banana peel contains minerals like manganese and potassium that help in teeth whitening
Benefits of Flossing Teeth:
When your oral hygiene habits include flossing your teeth, you are removing and preventing the buildup of plaque, which leads to tartar. Flossing your teeth can make them look brighter and cleaner because you are also removing tiny food particles that your toothbrush might miss.
Flossing Technique: Flossing before Brushing
A study made by researches from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences showed that flossing following by brushing is preferred to brushing then flossing to reduce interdental plaque and increase fluoride concentration in interdental plaque.*
So this means, always floss before brushing!
Fear of bleeding gums when flossing :
Some people avoid flossing their teeth because of their fear of bleeding gums but flossing actually helps improve the health of your gums and so preventing them from bleeding!
Hence, the more you floss the less likely your gums will bleed.
The technique of Flossing:
The more you floss, the easier it gets.
- Carefully slide the floss back and forth between your teeth. Try to curve your floss around the tooth at the gum line.
- Gently rub the side of your tooth using a downward motion. Try to avoid using see-saw motion.
- Don’t forget the backside of the last tooth.
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Brushing your teeth is more than just basic oral hygiene to prevent bad breath and toothache. We found 4 other cool benefits of brushing your teeth that will surprise you! Now, you have more reasons to adopt great oral hygiene
Decrease the risk of respiratory diseases
Researchers found that people with respiratory infections have poor oral hygiene. Bacteria form on the teeth can make way into the respiratory tract
Healthier Diet, Less Snacking
Psychologically, most people avoid eating after they have brushed their teeth. People are more reluctant to eat after they have cleaned their teeth the same reason how you avoid dirty roads after washing your car
Decrease the risk of Dementia
A cohort study was done on Dementia and researchers from the University of Southern California found out that participants who did not brush on a regular basis had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia compared to those who did not brush
Decrease the risk of Pregnancy Complications
Oral hygiene is important for pregnant women. Excessive bacteria growth can enter the bloodstream and travel to the uterus. This can trigger the production of chemicals called prostaglandins— which may have a connection to induce premature labor.
If having a beautiful smile , fresh breath and healthy set of teeth aren’t enough, we just gave you more! Whilst practising a good oral hygiene is your responsibility , visiting the Dentist is highly recommended to ensure you’re taking care of it right.
Here are some of the Dental Care Places that might be of your interest if you haven’t already gone one .
Dengue: Symptoms & Protection
Dengue fever is on the rise and it has reached an alarming 9755 cases in Singapore*. At MyCLNQ, we have researched and helped you understand your fight against Dengue. This includes identifying dengue fever symptoms and how to protect yourself from them.
What is Dengue Fever? It is a disease caused by the dengue virus which is transmitted to humans just by a bite of an infective mosquito.
How do you look out for signs and symptoms of Dengue Fever?
- Offset high fever
- Pain behind the eye, something known as retro-ortibal pain
- Nausea and even vomiting of blood.
- Severe headache
- Muscle and joint pain
- Skin rashes that come after the fever
Protection against Dengue
- Wear covered clothes to minimise the amount of exposed skin
- Did you know that there are some natural scents that could repel mosquitos? Mosquitos hate like Eucalyptus, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Peppermint
- Protect yourself and use mosquito repellents containing DEET
- Papaya leaves to battle against dengue. Its leaves are known to increase the platelet count and enriched with anti-malarial properties,
- Hydrate and drink lots of water.
To protect ourselves, we need to do our part. The National Environment Agency has come up with an effective way known as the 5-step-Mozzie-Wipeout to stop the dengue transmission cycle.
Let us fight against Dengue together!
* 9755cases in Singapore, Compiled by Communicable Diseases Division, Ministry of Health