No, Dentist Doesn’t mean a Dental Extraction

There is a fear in most of the teenagers or even adults that going to a Dentist means getting your teeth extracted. No, not necessarily! In fact, many a times, you will save a teeth from being extracted if you see your dentist before you worsen the problem! There are several cases at our Dental Clinics in Singapore where we have avoided a dental extraction based on their individual case.

We need to train and educate from childhood that a Doctors injection or a Dentist examination is to do good for us, not harm or pain! This can deal with patients anxiety when they need an efficient treatment.

Even if your dentist advised you to get the tooth/teeth extracted, that could possibly be the best choice in your case. Apart from Severe tooth decay, gum diseases, broken tooth due to accident, dental extractions may also be required for giving space to a growing tooth if another is blocking its way like in case of a wisdom tooth.

The major reason why our Dentists in Singapore advise you to visit for a routine oral checkup at least once in six months is to prevent any kind of possible issues that surely covers dental extractions! In a routine checkup, our dentists will examine your tooth, gums, any discoloring of teeth, sensitivity to the gums, etc., and take a general history to ensure you are having a perfect oral health. This is when the dentist gets a chance to sense any possibility of dental issues and enable him to save you with a minimal treatment. Isn’t it a necessity for you?

So, this time.. visit our Dentists in Singapore to avoid Dental Extraction! Even if you need one, relax! We are equipped with advanced technologies to make it so simple and easy. Conveniently located in Five Different branches, contact any of your nearest Dental Clinics in Singapore, one of our friendly staff will assist you in scheduling an appointment.

 

How to turn Yellow Teeth White? Singapore Dentists

Everyone of us starts off with white and beautiful teeth. But for many life style reasons or prolonged use of certain antibiotics, some of us discolor the teeth into Yellow and sometimes gray. At our Dental Clinics in Singapore, all the Dentists are keen in taking your history, lifestyle habits etc., so as to advise you on avoiding further progress of discolored teeth.

The early you start treating the stained teeth, the better results you may expect. If neglected, it becomes very difficult to whiten with conventional methods, just like white clothes which have picked up dyes can never regain their original brightness.

Most of our patients, before they visit any of our Dental Clinics in Singapore try using a market product available for ‘Teeth whitening in Singapore‘. But you have to note that since all human beings are build differently, any single method for teeth whitening will not yield the same results in everyone. Hence, it is pertinent to chose one treatment; preferably upon the advise of your Dentist and stick to the treatment for at least a month before changing the treatment.

If you wish to try some home remedies before seeing a Dentist in Singapore, here are some tips for you. However, we strongly recommend to get your oral health checked by a professional to avoid any uninvited complications. You should keep in mind that the teeth whitening kits do make a slight difference for some people, but they often take longer and have more side effects.

  1. Avoid Strong Colored Foods: Strongly colored foods is a very common reason for teeth discoloring. Hence, try to avoid foods and drinks especially like Coffee, Tea, Ice-Creams, etc. at least while using Teeth Whitening kits.
  2. Oil Pulling: It is believed (though not tested by any of our clinics) in some parts of world that Oil-Pulling for at least 10-15 minutes a day can whiten your teeth. Coconut oil is preferred in most of the cases while any vegetable oil may also be used.
  3. In-house bleaching kits: There are several products in market, and we also offer our patients with the bleaching kits to home. However, diligence is required to apply these kits.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide: First of all, you SHOULD remember that you are dealing with a chemical, hence you should either do after learning the right procedure or safety precautions. Misuse of this chemical may result in damage of tooth enamel. We discourage you to perform this without supervision.
  5. Brushing Twice Daily: Last but not the least, you should Brush early in the morning before Breakfast and night after dinner! This will help you not only treat discoloring of teeth but will manage your overall oral health.

If you are serious about getting your teeth whitening in Singapore done by a professional, call any of our five Dental Clinics in Singapore easily located near your place. Any of our friendly staff will assist you in fixing up an appointment with our friendly dentists in Singapore.

Wake up with a smile you deserve | Dentist in Singapore advises

Who would not want to have a beautiful smile on their face? A smile is one of the most noticeable features of a person and you should not miss a single chance of having a smile you deserve. If you feel your discolored teeth or any other dental problems are stopping you from a beautiful smile, you are on the right page.

A little yet important time to care for your teeth will effectively reduce the risk of complications while enjoying all the benefits a straight, white, and beautiful smile can provide. Read below the advises of our Dentists in Singapore to maintain a good oral hygiene thus a beautiful smile.

Not many schools teach how to brush properly. Hence, we the dentists take this job at our clinics almost every day. Brushing helps to remove plaque that makes you less prone to decay or gum diseases.

It’s a routine but very important to brush properly twice a day. We advise to brush in a circular fashion unlike the old back and forth method as it can miss the large portions of mouth.

Choosing a small to medium-sized brush with nylon bristles can  help the brush reach all parts of the mouth. At the same time, you should not brush for more than three minutes or use the same brush for long periods. Try to change your brush every 3-4 months or when you observe bristles misshapen and sticking out every which way.

Don’t use excess toothpaste than necessary. Especially when you have kids at home, you should train them to use little quantities of toothpaste as their gums are more sensitive than adults.

Children needs a friendly dentist! We understand and value the concern of our young patients and their parents. Hence, we at all our Dental Clinics in Singapore are conscious while dealing with kids. This is one of reason why most people keep the same dentist for the duration of their life. We are thankful to all our patients for their extended trust on our Dentists in Singapore for Children Dentistry.

As we’ve advised several times in the past, prevention is always better than cure. Watch what you eat. Try to avoid strongly colored foods like cola, coffee, tea, sugars etc., Using plain water (recommended) to gargle or mild mouth-wash liquids after every meal provides you some extra protection.

Diabetics have a dramatically increased risk of periodontal gum disease. While the disease itself doesn’t cause gingivitis, it can make the gum infection progress at a faster rate and cause longer consequences.

Last but not the least; visit your dentist at least once in 6 months even if you think you are having a healthy teeth. These visits are crucial in prevention of any possible dental issues and reduce the risk if you may need some treatment. Dentists in Singapore at our clinics are always there to help you! Call today to fix your appointment with a dentist, one of our friendly staff will assist you.

How can Preventive Dentistry save you?

Who on earth would not want to have healthy white teeth? Almost everyone who visit our Dental Clinics in Singapore, no matter on what kind of issue they came with asks us one routine question. “How can I manage healthy white teeth?”. Though we all intend to have healthy and white teeth, there are certain factors and lifestyle habits that we do unintentionally and it affects our oral health.

Our teeth perform a hefty amount of work in some extreme conditions. They are under rough temperatures whenever you eat or drink hot or cold foods like the Ice Creams, Hot tea/Coffee etc., Due to exposure to such extreme temperatures, the life span of teeth in a normal person has come down to 40 years on an average, which they can last healthy till 70 years.

But there is a good news! you are reading this article with concerns over your dental health or some prevention measures before you damage your teeth. Yes, ‘Preventative dentistry’. If any time you have questions, call any of our Dental Clinics in Singapore and we shall be happy to help you with Preventive Dentistry counselling.

Preventive dentistry, as the name suggests consists of two types: 

  1. Works at ensuring that the healthy teeth remain in their good state for as long as is possible
  2. Damaged ones are fixed before they get worse.

Domestic Care is the first step to avoid inviting any kind of dental issues. Brushing teeth at least once a day is must, while we strongly recommend brushing twice; Early morning and before Bed time! Flossing of the teeth is yet another essential aspect to prevent oral diseases. Most of the damaged tooth are caused due to the uncleared debris of food that got stuck between the tooth.

Though we take care of oral health, there are some instances out of our hands. When you notice some kind of abnormality (such as paid, discomfort, bad smell) in the mouth, see a dentist as soon as you can. Because, the early you go the better are the chances to prevent tooth from getting worse.

Dentists in Singapore at Nam Fung Dental Surgery give you a friendly counseling at your general visit to any of our Dental Clinics. You may contact us now to make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.

How to train your kids for Good Oral Health? Dentists in Singapore

Children Dentists in Singapore

As adults, almost all of us know how important is it to maintain a good oral hygiene thus a good oral health. However, due to several factors, very less number of people across the world follows oral hygiene habits so are the kids. We observe this phenomena quite often at our Dental Clinics in Singapore.

You may want to know that more than 80% of dental problems in kids arise due to poor maintenance alone! Hence, it becomes our duty to teach them how to manage oral health and avoid unnecessary pain which they don’t deserve. So, how do we do it? Here are some tips given by our Dentists in Singapore at NF Dental clinics.

Also Read: Why does 40% children develop tooth decay?

At School: The classroom is a great place to teach dental care and oral health to kids. Help children learn the healthy habits that bring a bright smile and a bright future with simple dental hygiene tips that may be added to the academic learning during fun time at school. Few Examples given below:

  • Fun with Floss: It is recommended by dentists that flossing at least once a day (during nights) is a good habit as it helps to remove food stuck between the teeth after every meal. The Schools can create a fun activity related to flossing or given an assignment related to losses caused if they don’t do flossing like an initiative by Colgate in this video:
    Fun With Floss Video here | Visit the Dentist Video Here

  • Draw a Decay teeth: Schools may give a challenge to the kids to find out how does a tooth decay looks like and draw its picture. They will find out, draw and explain their drawing to the other kids. Don’t forget to reward them.

At Home: Home is always a learning for kids. That’s the first place where kids tend to learn lessons and daily habits which they follow their rest of life. As a parent, you should workout various ways to inspire your kids to practice good oral hygiene. Best thing to do is to join them while brushing, flossing, gargling etc., and make it an every day fun time.

Remember, if you do not practice any of the oral hygiene tasks, your kid will only follow you! Hence, you should inspire your kid with your actions and have a healthy family!

Also read : Children Dentistry in Singapore

Prevent dental problems and stay healthy. Dentists in Singapore at Nam Fung Dental Surgery gives a friendly counseling to your entire family including kids, that helps you manage good oral health your rest of life. You may contact us now to make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.

 

Teeth Whitening: Care after procedure

Teeth whitening in Singapore is one of the most performed treatments at our Dental Clinics in Singapore.  It is generally noted that the patients who visit our clinics are anxious about their discolored teeth and their confidence is reduced due to this. Hence, major purpose of teeth whitening is to give you back the white smiles you deserve along with restoring the confidence.

Teeth Whitening can be performed by a dentist or at home with a kit. At our Dental Clinics, we also provide home kits with necessary advice for best results. However, it is also equally important to know what type of care should be taken by you after you have a teeth whitening procedure done.

Quick Facts: What should you know about teeth whitening?

  • After you go through a whitening procedure, your mouth will be more susceptible to stains within the first 24 hours.
  • Teeth whitening procedure makes your enamel softer, which is part of the reason they are more likely to be stained
  • Artificial food colors / strong colored foods can dye your mouth that color
  • Hence, you should avoid the following, mainly for the first 24 hours:
    • Strong colored foods like cola, Soda, Coffee, cakes etc.,
    • Any sort of hot and ice-cold products irrespective of their color
    • Fruits like blueberries, black berries, etc., that has strong color in them
    •  Mints / Mint foods that can be sensitive to teeth
    • Consuming these products can cause your teeth not only to hurt but can actually damage them.
  • Products that are safe to consume are: 
    • Milk & uncolored milk products like cheese
    • Fruits like Bananas that are less bitter
    • Plain Turkey breasts
    • If you observe, all the above foods do not have strong / added colors and are naturally white in color that are less likely to damage the whitened teeth

We advice our patients that this type of food habits can be made as your regular dietary habit especially when you have frequent discoloring of teeth despite performing teeth whitening. If you avoid strong colored foods and visit your dentist at least once in six months, you are very less likely to damage your teeth even in terms of discoloring.

This does not mean you have to stop eating all the things you love entirely, just remember that moderation is the key. Also, do not forget to rinse and brush after eating or drinking products that will discolor and you will help to keep your pearly white smile!

Dentists in Singapore at all our Dental Clinics are equipped with a high standard and modern technology, non-invasive and surgical solutions making it a one stop clinic with almost all treatments. Contact us for a friendly counseling that helps you manage healthy oral hygiene your rest of life. Make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.

Dental Root Canal in Singapore : Read this before seeing Dentist

Root Canal treatment in Singapore is one of the most done procedure by almost all the Dentists in Singapore. Root Canal is a naturally occurring space within a tooth, consisting of the pulp chamber,  the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. Root Canal treatment in general terms is a procedure to replace infected pulp in a root canal with an inert material.

If the pulp gets injured or infected for any reason, the pulp tissues and nerves die which could lead to severe infection which sometimes needs an extraction. If gone untreated, the surrounding tissues might also get infected which resulting in secondary issues like swelling, drainage problem into gums, or more severe conditions. Dentists in Singapore at the NF Dental Surgery Clinics often prevent our patients from dental extractions / root canals by regularly monitoring the oral health of our regular patients.

Root Canal treatment is replacement to the old method of dental extraction of the tooth when it gets infected.  Root canal therapy involves repairing and saving the badly infected tooth by removing the pulp and nerves and then protecting it by cleaning and sealing the inside of the tooth. A crown is then placed over the treated tooth to make it stronger.

Why Root Canal?

  1. Having an infected tooth inside your mouth is not a good thing, it is likely to cause more severe symptoms and spread all over to other teeth if untreated.
  2. Saving a natural tooth has its own advantages such as not having to wear artificial tooth/teeth, efficient chewing, prevents jaw problems, and protects other teeth from too much wear and strain.
  3. The root canal treatment is a highly successful procedure and can last a lifetime and the treated tooth can function like any other tooth after restoration.

Who does Root Canal?

Root canal treatments are generally done by your regular dentists unless the patients are referred to Special Dentists called Endodontists, who specializes in solely with root canal treatments.

General Symptoms of root canal cavity?

There are different types of symptoms that you may experience in this dental issue. However, here are some commonly complained by our patients in Singapore at our Dental Clinics in Singapore:

  1. Acute, sharp, and spontaneous pain that is hard to locate and may be due to the infected pulp or formation of abscess at the tip of the root.
  2. Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  3. Pain extends to the ear, temples or jaw areas.
  4. Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks and foods
  5. Recurring or persistent pimple on the gums that may discharge pus causing bad odor or taste
  6. Severe toothache pain when biting, chewing, or touching the tooth
  7. Swelling and tenderness of the gums near the infected tooth.

    Please note, it is also possible that there are instances where a tooth pulp is damaged or infected without showing any of the above symptoms. Hence, we advise you to regularly visit your dentist in Singapore (atleast once in six months) as your dentist can detect by X-rays or special dental tests during checkups or other dental treatments if he suspect.

How is a Root Canal treated?

The first step in treating root canal is taking X-rays of the infected tooth to determine the shape of the root canals and to see if there are any signs of infection. Dentists will generally give a local anesthesia before gaining access to the pulp. The dentist will then use a dental gum (a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl) to isolate the infected tooth from the rest of the mouth and also to keep the tooth dry.

A small hole is drilled into the infected tooth flush the infected area using water or with sodium hyphochlorite. After the root canals are cleaned and disinfected with antibacterial solutions and antiseptic, followed by shaping of the canals for the root canal fillings and then washing and cleaning once more before sealing them.

After few days, at you next appointment for treatment, a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha together with an adhesive called sealer is used to fill the root canals and seal them. A crown is often placed over the tooth to avoid any infection or contamination in the future.

The final procedure might include restoration of the tooth to its full function with a crown to help prevent it from further breaking or damage. After the treatment an antibiotic will be prescribed for you to take to prevent infection.

Our Dental Clinics in Singapore are conveniently located at five branches across Singapore as of now. You may contact us during the operational hours for a consultation; one of our friendly staff will assist you.

All our dental clinics in Singapore comprise of team of dental experts, who offer all the services as per the needs of the present day people living in Singapore, or the individuals, who have come to this place for tourism or business purposes.

Finding a Dentist in Singapore, List of Questions to Ask

If you’re looking for a dentist in Singapore, may be you have to figure out first as to what is the reason you want to visit your dentist. Because, in addition to general dentists in the Singapore, you can find a whole host of cosmetic dentists, orthodontists, and pediatric dentists, together with a number of noted experts who specialize in many areas of dentistry.

Also read: List of Dental Services in Singapore offered by us

It is also possible that you may not be aware as to who is the specialist that can deal with your particular case. May patients, in such circumstances come to us with great anxiety. This is when you need to list down your queries and ask the dentist at your first visit. Dentists in Singapore at our clinics are very pleasant at patient counseling because we know well that a smooth way of treatment can be achieved when the patient cooperation is achieved.

Some of the questions, to help you with may include:

  1. What is the medical name of your condition, what are its general complications? (most likely you are out of complications already, as you are in front of an expert.)
  2. What are the alternate treatment options available to your condition?
  3. Is the clinic equipped with latest technology ?
  4. Is there a music in the clinic that can make you relax during the procedures if necessary?
  5. Do you need to stop any other medication (if you are taking one)?
  6. What are the side effects if you avoid the treatment or take the treatment?
  7. Is it necessary to take multiple X-Rays (Not likely for all cases)
  8. Post procedure care

All our dentists in Singapore do answer your questions even before you ask them. That’s our standard practice – Patient education. However, we encourage you to ask questions as prevention is always better than cure.

With so many dentists to choose from in the island, many patients often simply choose the nearest dentist, the cheapest, or one that a friend or family member refers. To make it easy and accessible, we are operating from at least Five centers in Singapore. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at the nearest Clinic. One of our friendly staff will assist you to schedule an appointment 🙂

Why do you need regular dental checkups? Dentist in Singapore advise

Healthy teeth and sparkling smile can do wonders for your self-esteem and is indeed a valuable social asset. Having treated thousands of patients across our dental clinics in Singapore, we know that fixing cavities and maintaining healthy teeth and gums can also improve your health in multiple ways.

Stop anxiety, see your dentist in Singapore today: Almost Everybody has to visit the dentist at point of time in their lives whether its for a regular visit or with a dental issue. Most of us have time  to think about what the dentist is going to do. And more importantly, is it going to hurt? We often observe such anxiety of being hurt due to dental procedures among the patients who visit our Dentists in Singapore. There are also cases we’ve come across who ignore a visit to dentists till the problem become worse.

Hence, it is indeed essential to learn why should you visit your dentist on a regular basis and what happens if you ignore this important factor. Let’s observe why is it important to schedule your regular visits to dental clinics.

Dentist will check for Cavities: According to a research, one in five people in America have untreated cavities. Your dentist will also be able to identify potential early cavities such as white spot lesions etc., All cavities can however be prevented or fixed with regular check ups and restorative treatment.

Prevention of severe diseases: Issues like early cavities, chips or cracks and issues that ‘appear to be minor’ can sometimes result in severe diseases such as oral cancers and other significant oral health issues. A dentist can identify such issues and take preventive measures to minimize the risk.

Dentists in Singapore and world advise their patients for a regular visit even if you do not have any symptoms because, prevention is better than cure. While we are always here to help you treat the dental problems, we still wish you prevent diseases and stay healthy, which gives us more professional satisfaction.

Gum Diseases and Chronic Illness: As per various studies conducted by  organizations like American Dental Association, patients with gum disease increased their chances of chronic illness by 40%.

Dental problems in Diabetic patients:  There is also a strong correlation between diabetes and periodontitis. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can also make you more prone to developing mouth infections. Studies suggests that females with osteoporosis were more prone to periodontitis, , meaning that healthier gums equates stronger bones. It’s therefore essential to ensure gum health with and a dental visit every six month in such cases adds much value.

Dental Extraction? Not always!: It’s a general opinion that a dentists job is mostly dental extraction. No, dental extraction will always be based on specific condition, not always. If there’s nothing your dentist can do to save the tooth, he or she may simply extract your tooth.

However, if the appearance of unsightly amalgam fillings is bothersome to you and affecting your self confidence negatively, you could also speak to your dentist about replacing those with white porcelain fillings during your dental visit.

If you have any questions about the procedures involved in preventive dentistry, regular dental checkups or would like to book an appointment with our Dentists in Singapore – please call us any time & one of our friendly staff would be glad to help.

Teeth Whitening in Singapore. Home or Dentist?

Teeth Whitening was a tough task back in 90’s as there were only couple of options available at the dental clinics. Gone are those days when your dentist would make molds of your teeth, send them off to a lab, wait for a week to receive back your custom fitted teeth whitening mouthpiece filled with peroxide (at a very low concentration) pressed against your teeth and gums. After 3-4 visits, your teeth would be officially declared whiter after having spent several hundred dollars.

Thanks to the technological advancements, teeth whitening in Singapore, both in the dental office and at home, has changed immensely over the last two decades making the process simple and less time taking.

Teeth whitening is the most frequently applied dental procedure across the world. The teeth whitening process usually involves bleaching of teeth in order to remove stains and brighten the patient’s smile. However, it is essential to know that the teeth whitening procedures may be different to a few patients based on the individual case.

Teeth Whitening in SingaporeWe encourage all our patients to learn the causes of Teeth Discoloration so as to prevent the same. Good Oral health = good overall health.

While everyone of us starts off with beautiful white teeth, many different factors contribute to teeth discoloration, such as food and beverages you consume. Certain strongly coloured-foods and drinks like berries, red wine, coffee, tea, and cola can discolor your teeth if frequently consumed over a long period of time. Some antibiotics like tetracycline, smoking, irregular brushing habits, etc., can stain your teeth as well.

Teeth Whitening Options:
As already mentioned above, teeth whitening procedure can be performed in a dental office or in the comfort of your own home. The in-office teeth whitening usually yields better and quicker results compared to the at-home whitening. However, due to the time constraints and factors like not being confortable in a dental clinin, we also offer bleaching kits for our patients to take home as an alternative, however diligence is required to apply these kits every day for a period of 10 days.

If you decide to whiten your teeth at home, make sure that you follow the application instructions your dentist provided or the instructions that come with the over the counter whitening product.

If you are in search of a Dentist in Singapore, feel free to book an appointment at Nam Fung Dental Surgery clinic at any of the five branches. You may contact us now to make an appointment; one of our friendly staff shall attend your call to assist in scheduling your visit.