Health Resources

Wisdom Teeth: What You Need To Know

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Wisdom teeth are part of the normal complement of 32 adult teeth and are also known as the third molars. They are usually the last adult teeth to appear in the mouth and they normally appear during the late teens to early twenties. Most people will have all 4 wisdom teeth but, it is not uncommon to have fewer or even none at all.

Orthodontic Treatments

According to a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when meeting someone new, 48% of people replied that the most memorable feature is the smile. The same survey shows 45% believe their smile will remain attractive regardless of age (1).

Your smile is your greatest asset. Having straight teeth contributes to a great smile. Crooked teeth, also known as malocclusion may affect your smile. Some studies even link malocclusion to lower self-esteem (2,3). More importantly, it can increase your risk of decay and gum disease as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean.  

Discoloured Teeth

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Yellow, discoloured teeth can have a huge impact on one’s confidence, self-esteem, and not to mention, project a less than favourable impression on others. There are many causes of tooth discolouration and the most common of which are stains, plaque and tartar, cavities, dental fillings and worn down enamel.  

Teeth Whitening

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

A set of sparkling white teeth can make one look younger, more attractive, more professional and successful – it is no wonder then that many people want to whiten their teeth. But, with a range of whitening products available in the market, many are unsure of how the various products work and which is the most effective for them.

Is your toothache getting on your nerves?

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Early diagnosis and treatment of dental infection are crucial in preventing potentially severe complications

Toothaches have often been described as constant, sharp, throbbing pains in the teeth and jaws. If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered a severe toothache, you would know that it can be an extreme, debilitating pain that lasts for hours, keeps you up at night, and might not respond to over-the-counter pain medication. In a large number of patients, these severe pains are due to the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues inside the teeth being inflamed. These tissues are known as the dental pulp, and an inflammation of the dental pulp is known as pulpitis.

Night Grinding

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Do you frequently wake up in the morning with jaw discomfort and fatigue, or with achy, sensitive teeth?

Do you have headaches or stiffness and pain of the facial muscles on waking up?

Does your partner or family member complain of being awoken by loud, unpleasant grating noises coming from your teeth when you are sleeping?

If your answer is yes to any of these, you may be suffering from night grinding, also known as sleep bruxism.