Oral Health and Diabetes – Ora2 to the Rescue!

Did you know Oral health problems can lead to Diabetes?

*WHAT? Are you serious? How is bad teeth / breath going to give me diabetes huh?*

Yepp, my exact thoughts when I first read about it.

The Joslin-Sunstar Diabetes Education Initiative (JSDEI) was recently held in Singapore, where more than 400 medical and dental healthcare providers from around the world to exchange scientific findings on the inter-relationships between diabetes and periodontitis and possible prevention, treatment and cure of these disease burdens.

Singapore has the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations. That’s scarily high on the ranking charts. *Are you worried now? Cause I am*

Don’t worry, we can always start on improving our oral health right now.

It’s a pity I couldn’t make it down to this interesting conference due to work but fortunately Felicia sent over some of the products from Ora2 (Sunstar) for me to try (thank you!)

I’ve been using them for two weeks now, and am happy to share how well they really work for me!

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No one says no to cute packaging

I must really say for one – I really love their product packaging, cause it’s really much prettier than the usual dental brands, no? The bright cheery colors certainly help to perk me up for a better start to the day!

High quality products backed by research

I’m sure all of us have bought products which claim to ‘whiten teeth by 3 shades in 3 days’ or ‘get rid of bad breath immediately’ and end up really disappointed. Sad to sad, a lot of products out there sell based on marketing terms rather than actual quality.

I generally prefer to use products with actual research / background, like most of us do when we purchase skincare products. We read, research reviews online, find out about the ingredients… why should oral care products not matter as much?

Sunstar has been a leader in championing educational activities on the association between oral health and diabetes for the past 30 years. That itself just shows a certain level of quality in the products for me.

My main concern

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One main concern that I have is with tooth stains / yellow stains. I remember once when I was out with my friends and my boyfriend commented “eh you never brush your teeth ah, so yellow”. I was quite embarassed and hurt inside.

Tooth stains can be caused by the combination of polyphenol contained in foods such as coffee, wine and tea, and proteins that coat the surface of teeth (pellicile). Being a very avid tea drinker, I think that might have contributed to my yellowing teeth… I also took antibiotics for two years straight for my acne/rosacea, and read that it might cause yellowing of the teeth too.

I also feel that food tends to get stuck in my wisdom tooth crevices after I lunch, and it creates a feeling of un-freshness afterwards. Due to my work, I have to meet and talk to people at times, thus I needed something to refresh my breath without having to brush every time I finish eating my lunch.

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To combat these problems, I tried the OraStain Clear toothpaste. I use the Peach Leaf and Mint flavor one at home, and bring the handy travel-sized version in Natural Mint to the office with me. Brushing with the stain clear toothpaste felt very comfortable. There is no extremely strong minty flavor that I get with other toothpastes, and the freshness lasts for a longer period of time. The natural mint is light with a subtle herbal taste to it while the peach leaf version leaves me feeling fresh and flirty.

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Right after lunch, depending on the food I ate, I will either brush again with the OraStain Clear Toothpaste or if I am in a rush, I will simply use the OraBreath Fine Mouth Spray to refresh my breath. This spray is wonderful! It has an antibacterial formula, and is stylish to carry in my purse everyday. I love that it doesn’t dry out the mouth unlike some other sprays I have tried and it comes in 7 flavors which makes me spoilt for choices!

Personally, I am very pleased with the results and would keep on using the products. Hoping to achieve better oral health and steer clear of diabetes! For those who are concerned with oral health issues and are looking for a quality product backed by sound research, give Oraa try!

View Orafull range of products here: http://www.ora2.sg/products.php

Oraproducts are available in all leading supermarkets and healthcare stores.

Taipei x Hualien Adventures [Part 1]

This trip was a special one. It’s the first official trip we took as a couple. As I started a new job last year, it was difficult to plan any trips together for a while. We hardly spend as much time as we’d like to so spending my days and nights for a good whole week together was just something I looked forward to in a long time.

Every day comprised of exciting moments and adventurous spontaneity as we explored the streets and sights of Taipei and Hualien. A really surreal and beautiful experience that I wish to keep in my memories. We can’t wait to visit again soon for the food, people and sights we didn’t get enough of this time round. 

After checking in at our AirBnB at around 9pm, we wasted no time and embarked on our first (food) adventure.

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Best eyelash extensions in Singapore

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Hello ladies! Today I thought to blog a little about my experience with eyelash extensions. I have been getting lash extensions for the past one year now, and have tried 4 different salons so far. Some good, some bad. I’m not sponsored by any of these salons so rest assured my review is not biased towards anyone in general.

Also, I think I might have just found my holy grail eyelash extensionist (sharing right below) which I am super happy about, cause that means no more shopping around for better ones.

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T r a n q u i l l i t y

Hello! Been feeling down and sick in the past 2 months. Maybe it was due to stress or something, I don’t really know… but all’s good now! December’s been a really kind month so far (in terms of work) and I can’t wait to jet off for holidays next week.

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So recently, I’ve visited a few ‘nature’ places and thought to share, as I felt that it is one of the best natural ways to improving one’s health and well-being.

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Treating sunburn on Rosacea skin

I’ve recently been taking long walks in various nature places and got sun-burnt on one such occasion. It’s terrible for my Rosacea but I found some ways to deal with it. Here’s how!

How do you tell it’s a sunburn when your face is red to begin with?

For my Rosacea, I have papules once in a while otherwise it’s just diffuse redness and uneven skin tone. First sign of sunburn is to check if you’re sun-burnt on your body. My facial skin is thinner than my body’s, so if the body is burnt, my face will definitely be. (more…)

Kanuka Honey Update 5 (Honevo Rosacea)

Hi ~ It’s been some time since I last updated on my Honevo Rosacea journey.

The other day, (a good skin day) I was looking into the mirror very closely to see how my skin has improved. Redness has definitely decreased, pores look smaller, and overall no active zits. With a light layer of CC cream on, people will probably not be able to tell that I have Rosacea. I was pretty happy that the treatment is working well for me.

The very next day when I woke up…. Redness, roughness, tiny clusters of breakouts with some pesky whiteheads appeared, overnight. I sighed, cried a little and wondered just how long more I have to go through with this shit.

With Rosacea, the toughest part is when you think you’re 80% recovered, and boom the next day you’re back at square one. I think even Acne is not that hard to treat, cause Acne appears over time. You rarely get a full face of pimples in just one night. (more…)