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A Reason to Smile.

Every kid deserves a pretty smile, with AND without teeth showing.

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So when Sharleez’s baby teeth started to fall out one by one and her permanent teeth first poked through, she started to be really conscious about her smile and her set of big new teeth. There was once she looked at the mirror and casually said,

“Mummy, I think I look like a beaver with these funny looking teeth!” 

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NAWWWW MY POOR GIRL. CANNOT BE THAT BAD.

It is not about her being self-conscious at such a young age. It is about how it can result in a low self-esteem in the long run. Some may even experience social anxiety as they also avoid conversations; especially with people they do not know. Children especially will be affected as they sometimes feel embarrassed at how their teeth may look to their friends. The possibility of being teased at school will cause shyness, isolation or reluctance to participate in school activities.

I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN TO MY GIRL!

So I decided to find out more about Orthodontics, especially after I noticed that some of my friends’ kids are already wearing braces despite being about the same age as Sharleez.

I was like,

“How come they can start wearing braces so early?”

After much research, I made an appointment with Dr Ooi Jing Liang from DePacific Dental (Balestier) because he is one of the few dentists here who does early orthodontic treatment for kids. Not that many dentists offer the said service, if you must know.

Let me ask you a question first before I carry on.

Can one only start to wear braces once all the baby teeth are gone and the permanent teeth are already in place?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

(But I used to think like you too.)

There is usually no fixed rule as to when we should start braces. However the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children from age 7 to be seen for an assessment of their facial and dental growth patterns.

In other words, Sharleez should have seen Dr Ooi Jing Liang earlier! She is 9 now!

(AND I THOUGHT WE WERE EARLY!)

BUT LIKE THEY SAY, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

In general most children start wearing braces when their last permanent teeth drops out, which usually occurs from 11-14. However in certain cases, it is of great importance to intervene earlier to prevent the problems from getting worse which would then lead to more uncomfortable and longer treatment for the child in future.

Some examples where early treatment is required are:

1) Impacted teeth (When adult teeth are blocked and do not have sufficient space to erupt due to crowding)

2) Crossbite (when the upper and lower teeth do not meet in the correct way)

3) Jaw discrepancy (upper or lower jaw being too forward relative to each other)

There are times also when early intervention is not recommended and we would advise the child to wait till all his/her permanent teeth are out. As every child is different, it would is strongly recommended to see the dentist early so that the dentist can give you all the options available for your child.

Sharleez had her X-Ray done and Dr Ooi Jing Liang discovered that her adult teeth did not have sufficient space in her mouth to erupt and this is causing the crowding of teeth. Crowding of teeth means that she needed to extract some in order for the rest of her permanent teeth to have more space to grow in place.   

So Dr Ooi arranged to have Sharleez’s baby canines extracted. Two top, and two bottom.

The anxious me wanted Sharleez to have all four baby canines to be extracted at the same time. LOL.

But Dr Ooi suggested to have two extracted first so that Sharleez would not be too overwhelmed with the whole process.

When Sharleez first heard that she needed to extract four teeth, she panicked and started asking so many questions like,

“Will it hurt, Mummy?” 

“Mummy, what if I cannot take the pain?”

“Must I really extract my teeth?”

Dr Ooi however assured Sharleez that there would be minimal discomfort. He even told Sharleez that he would not carry on with the procedure if Sharleez experienced pain and wanted him to stop.

That made her at ease, somehow. So we fixed a date for the first extraction to be done!

EXTRACTION DAY:

That’s my girl! Showing the peace sign because everything would be alright.

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Many patients fear going to a dentist because of pain. This is even more so for a child.

At DePacific Dental (Balestier), the extraction of teeth are done with as little discomfort as possible.

It is really true! I witnessed everything myself, and I was there with Sharleez throughout.

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Sharleez was surprisingly calm and composed that day.

Dr Ooi made it a point to give the local anaesthetic to Sharleez slowly to minimize any discomfort.


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He would stop every now and then to check on her and whether she was doing alright. Even his assistant Linda, was really comforting and helpful too in ensuring that Sharleez did not feel so tensed.


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I like how Dr Ooi does not rush through every procedure but instead takes his time each time. That alone is enough to gain the trust from Sharleez.

Sharleez was also able to watch the TV during the whole procedure. Dr Ooi actually played Kung Fu Panda for her while her teeth were being extracted.

In fact, he did not get straight to the extraction business as soon as Kung Fu Panda was played. He chit-chatted with Sharleez about Kung Fu Panda and asked who her favorite character is in the story. 

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Distraction is indeed a powerful tool in allaying one’s fears, isn’t it?

At DePacific Dental (Balestier), the dentists are trained to give a painless injection by firstly using a numbing gel to numb the tissues that the local anaesthesia would be placed. The dental assistant will then place a massager around the cheeks to further distract the patient and the dentist will give the injection slowly and steadily to minimise any discomfort to the patient.

The numbing took some time because as mentioned, Dr Ooi wanted to minimize any discomfort to Sharleez. He explained to me, “The  moment she starts to feel pain and discomfort, that’s when she will not want to continue with the procedure. So we take it slow.”

But once the numbing process was done and it was time for extraction, everything was done within less than 2 minutes!

Yes, within 2 minutes, two of Sharleez’s baby canines were extracted!

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SO FAST? I DID NOT EVEN HAVE TIME TO TAKE SOME PICS OF THE EXTRACTION PROCESS!

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Dr Ooi then mentioned that Sharleez was not to eat anything for a few hours. And should she experience pain or discomfort after a few hours once the numbness was gone, then she should take some painkillers.

But Sharleez did not even experience any sort of pain once the numbness was gone.

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Things were back to normalcy, and she ate like a glutton the moment the numbness went away.

So what’s next after extraction?

PUTTING ON THE BRACES!

But that will be for my next post.

Sorry to make you wait!

MUAHAHAHAHA.

Sharleez looks really cute with braces, by the way. 😀

WANT TO SEE? NEXT POST LAH!

Meanwhile, you can actually find out more about early orthodontic treatment for your kid or even orthodontic treatment for yourself by making an appointment with the super friendly, fun, bubbly, and energetic Dr Ooi Jing Liang from De Pacific Balestier 

Do not make the same mistake as us and see the dentist now to get your teeth or your kid’s fixed before it is too late!

I REALLY LIKE DR OOI!

When I posted about Sharleez’s visit with him the other time, I received so many private messages and comments from his happy patients who agreed that he is such an awesome dentist.

THAT MADE ME AND SHARLEEZ FEEL EVEN BETTER!

So so glad and relieved that I found the perfect dentist for my girl’s orthodontics braces!

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Details:

Tel: (65) 6684 4862


Address: 20 Ah Hood Road, #01-25, Zhongshan Mall,
Singapore 329984

Email: enquirybal@depacific.com

Opening Hours:
 Mondays to Fridays: 10am to 10pm


Saturdays to Sundays: 10am to 6pm


Public Holidays: Closed

GO AHEAD AND GIVE THEM A CALL! THEY ARE REALLY SO FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL!

And oh, if you want me to blog about Sharleez’s braces procedure, LIKE this post first!

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Hari Raya with Ribena

Now that Hari Raya is approaching, feasting and fizzy drinks will definitely be on your agenda, yes?

I cannot wait to feast too! After all, this will be my final chance to do so before I give birth and confinement food starts to haunt my life for a while. HAHA.

Speaking of drinks, I think I will instead go for a healthier alternative – something rich in Vitamin C with no artificial flavouring, sweetener nor colouring, and something that can also be used to create various types of simple dishes, dessert and beverages for Hari Raya.

Yes, I am referring to Ribena Cordial.

I simply love making different kinds of beverages using Ribena Cordial for my girls and myself!

For the upcoming Hari Raya, try preparing Ribena Longan & Lime drink your guests!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of cold water
  • Ribena Cordial to taste (adjust the sweetness accordingly)
  • 3 Lime with juice extracted
  • Longan fruits
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Sparkling Ribena to taste (for that extra kick!)

 

How to prepare:

Need you ask? Just add everything together and your Ribena Longan & Lime Drink is ready for your guests, young and old.

Really a refreshing drink, this one! The sweetness of the Ribena Cordial goes really well with the sourness of the lime. And the longan fruits added is definitely a treat for the kids!

My girls had so much fun preparing the drink and each of them added the Ribena Cordial to their drink according to their own personal preference.

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Who doesn’t love Ribena? It is definitely every kid’s favourite drink.

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I wouldn’t mind my girls drinking Ribena over and over again during the festive season instead of all those fizzy drinks.

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The best thing about Ribena is that you can adjust the sweetness level according to your preference. What’s more, Ribena is made with 100% blackcurrants from New Zealand, and does not contain artificial sweetener, flavouring and colour.

Here are two other easy recipes that you can have fun making with your kids this Hari Raya! Refreshing and perfect for the hot weather!

Ribena Berry Nice Smoothie

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Recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup of chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup of fresh milk
  • Half to one cup of Ribena Cordial (depending on your preference)
  • 1 spoonful of honey (depending on your preference)
  • Ice cubes

How to make? Blend everything together!

Refreshing and cooling!

Fruity Ribena Soda

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Recipe:

  • 1 Cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 Cup blueberries
  • 1 cup logan
  • 1 cup orange / peach
  • Ribena Cordial to taste
  • Chilled soda drink
  • Ice cubes

Mix everything into your favourite cup (best to use a colourless one to see the pretty colours pop!)

Stir everything and drink.

YUMMYYYYYYYYYY! Enjoy!

Do follow Ribena Singapore in Facebook for more creative recipes using Ribena Cordial!

Here’s wishing all my Muslim followers a Selamat Hari Raya!

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That V Face

Asian females are pretty obsessed with the need to have a sharper jawline and smaller face, aren’t we?

So what do some do?

Botox? Jaw shaving surgery? Lose weight? Traditional face massage?

If you ask me, I will not resort to the above, except to lose weight.

(I must lose weight after giving birth! MUST MUST MUST.)

I have recently started using the New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin with Royal Jelly + ATP by Bio-essence mainly because first, I have sensitive skin. Second, when I first tried out this product, it gave my face an effective and instant facial contour reduction. To be exact, I noticed a 1.1 cm reduction within a week! (Ya I actually used a V-Ruler to measure! LOL). Third, it acts like a moisturizer. Now, I have always refrained from using moisturizers on my sensitive face. I tried, but my skin reacted. If you have sensitive skin like me, you will realize that our skin gets irritated easily and rejects almost everything that is slathered on it. Hence, it is important to use products specially formulated for our sensitive skin like New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin by Bio-essence. The secret? I know one of it has got to be its hypoallergenic formula!

It’s a no brainer decision – obviously I will continue using it.

I know some of you are still skeptical. Why not watch this video?

 

Okay watched already? Did you see for yourself how the right side of the lady’s face became firmer and sharper? Even her cheekbone was more prominent, minutes after applying Bio-essence Lifting Cream.

It is really easy to use it and measure the amount of reduction it will give your face.

Step 1:

Measure facial contour with the ruler provided

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Step 2:

Apply cream in upward lifting motion for 10 minutes

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Step 3:

Measure again to get results of reduction

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Here are just some of the reasons why you should this one out:

  • Helps firm sagging skin
  • Helps reduce double chin
  • Helps reduce aging lines
  • Helps reduce visible fine lines & wrinkles
  • Deeply nourishes & moisturizes skin
  • Helps tighten pores & refines skin

It is no wonder Bio-essence is the V Face Expert!

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In total, there are types of 3 face lifting cream by Bio-essence, suitable for every skin types or needs

  • Shape V Face Look Younger
  • Shape V FACE Without Harsh Irritation
  • Extra V Extra Lift

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Where to purchase them?

  • Watsons
  • Guardian
  • NTUC Fairprice

 

Now that Hari Raya is approaching, all the more we must put in effort to get that shape V face! Must look extra good, right?

I know I will really rely on Bio-essence New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin with Royal Jelly + ATP to help me look as slim as possible since I cannot do anything else to lose that weight.

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PREGNANT WHAT!

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CelebFest: The Most Happening Ramadan Bazaar

Thank you CelebFest for this poster! I feel honored, really.

 

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Come join me, Nurul, Studiofrost and other popular brands + celebs next week at Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre!

This will be the most happening Ramadan Bazaar in Singapore!

Why? 

Let me see, some of the celebs coming down will be….

Akim (!!!!!!!!!!) & Stacy, Siti Nordiana, Liyana Jasmay, Fizz Fairuz, Yana Samsudin, Anzalna Nasir, Rossa, Remy Ishak, Elfira Roy and more!

Local celebs will include Sufi, Rosita Hussin, Norfasarie, Adlina Anis, Ariati Tyeb Papar, Nura J and Rozza & Jai.

TOO MANY CELEBRITIES WILL BE THERE ACTUALLY.

So just look at this poster and see for yourself okay?

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And oh this person by the name of Nurul Aini. Heard she is quite famous. Quite only lah. (LOL).

WAIT, THERE WILL BE A MYSTERY CELEBRITY WHO WILL BE MAKING AN APPEARANCE ON ONE OF THOSE DAYS. 

I cannot reveal his name (yes it’s a him) but what I can say is, I would love to be his maid.

HAHAHAHA.

Anyway, wanna see Studiofrost’s Raya 2016 collection up close and personal?

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Well, here’s your chance to do so besides meeting all of your favourite celebrities!

There will also be food booths for you to buy your food for break fast! 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is basically your Hari Raya needs under one roof!

 

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CelebFest 2016 Ramadan
17 June to 19 June 2016
10 am to 10 pm
Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre
Halls 401- 402

Follow @celebfest.co in IG for more updates!
Thank you @rosevalleysg for organizing CelebFest! <3

The countdown begins!

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#CelebFest2016
#BazaarPalingHappening

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Maternity Wear: YAY or NAY?

Being pregnant can sometimes cause chaos to your wardrobe and fashion sense. The first three months will make you want to almost give up in life, especially if you suffer from a bad case of morning sickness like me! Then you will see yourself wearing the same thing almost everyday because you just cannot be bothered to even look at yourself in the mirror, what more decide on what to wear?

Then, when the tummy starts to grow and the body expands sideways, you will realise that almost everything in your current wardrobe does not fit you anymore. Another cause of misery. I had to do quite a serious case of shopping when that happened to me. But you cannot possibly keep shopping for new clothes, right? I mean, what happens to those clothes the moment baby is out? I am not too sure about you, but I know I will need to lose some weight.

How now brown cow? Maternity wear?

HONESTLY SPEAKING, I HAVE NEVER FOUND MATERNITY WEAR APPEALING.

Besides the fact that they will normally cost more than normal wear, they usually look very….BORING. Big oversized dresses with funny prints, flare tops, and baggy pants, just to name a few. Urgh!

The clothes are supposed to show off that bump, not hide it! So why must they make maternity wear so big and baggy?

As such, I have never owned a single maternity wear for the many times I got pregnant.

But when I chanced upon Jump Eat Cry (www.jumpeatcry.com), a Singapore-based eCommerce store that sells Maternity and Nursing Wear, I changed my mind totally!

I didn’t know maternity and nursing wear could be so stylish AND Super affordable! We are looking at an average price of $35 per outfit. Definitely a rare find. And what’s more, they have a massive collection of maternity and nursing wear! New arrivals every week too.

And so I decided to shop for my first ever maternity wear. Then decided again to add to cart my second and third outfits. LOL.

Want to see what I bought?

VERY PLEASED, IF I MAY ADD.

This one, a very simple dress but it is also must have! Can pair it with my favourite outerwear or accessories, or just wear it on its own for that sophisticated look.

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And oh my god, it is so cooling and comfortable, and fits me nicely!

What I like best about it is the fact that it provides infinite wearing – I can wear it before, during and after pregnancy!

It does not look so big and baggy on me right? Exactly the reason why I love it so much toooo! Click HERE to view details and purchase.

In case you are wondering, yes it is free size!

The second outfit I got myself is this 2 Piece Midi Dress

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The third outfit is my first ever nursing wear! He he he.

This Owl 2 Piece Nursing Dress looks too cute to be a nursing wear for mummies!

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You can head in and take a look at more of their designs at Jump Eat Cry by clicking on the link HERE!

They launch new collections every week to keep mummies like you and me in style!

Oh I just found out that the Mothercot Label is their own In-House designs. Designs are drawn and sketched out, and materials are delicately picked out to provide the best comfort for mummies!

For all my pregnant and nursing readers, you will get to enjoy a special 15% discount just by keying in ETRANGLE15 before checking out!

The best thing is, the 15% off includes even the sale items!

THIS DISCOUNT CODE WILL EXPIRE ON 31 JULY 2016, SO HURRY NOW!

 

 

 

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