Do You Bother To Care For Your Teeth?
How was your Xmas yesterday, my lovely people? I ate way too much but I’m psyched to burn it all off by going shopping on Boxing Day. I don’t know if this a tradition in other countries but the sales are massive on 26th Dec in Australia. The husband and I tend not to buy specific Xmas presents for each other but we always enjoy a splurge at the shops together the day after Xmas as a gift to ourselves…
Right, so today’s Beauty Debate is more “health”-centric. I was inspired to write this post because I’d been facing gum disease on and off this year (borne out of pure laziness) and I recalled an ex-colleague I had years ago in Singapore who was an ex-model. She was willowy and her features were lovely but she had….really bad teeth.
And not because they were crooked — they were straight, but her teeth were grey and you could see multiple black and silver fillings further back in her mouth when she laughed. She was also a heavy smoker and I remember I had this conversation with her about her teeth problems. She had to get a root canal job done and she was in a lot of pain and as a young woman in her 20s (I was probably 22), it was so alien to have serious teeth problems.
I asked her, “What is the cause of your teeth problems?” and she laughed sheepishly, “BAAAAD teeth hygiene? Bacteria? Have you ever had a filling done?” Me and another youthful 20-something co-worker glanced at each other in bewilderment and said, “No.” She was incredulous and I brushed it off as one of those “generation gap” things and thought that being in her early 40s, perhaps she’d grown up in Singapore when there was no fluoride in the water.
I feel like cracking up everytime I think of this conversation, because my dears, I really don’t think fluoride is the issue here. In fact, this colleague did wash her mouth with fluoridated water (Singapore was the first Asian country to fluoridate its water in 1956) since she was a wee one.
You know what it is? Just not cleaning your teeth properly. After too many a time bleeding into the sink, I decided to floss consistently and use a mouth wash after brushing. It really works – try it. Bleeding gums are not normal and it would lead to horrible dental problems later on in life. It’s not that I have terrible teeth problems now but your smile is definitely prettier with healthy gums and plaque-free teeth. I’ve also had friends who had severe dental problems tell me that you would be a convert once you’ve had a painful procedure done and prevention is truly the cure. *Hops off soap box now*
I had braces as a teenager as well so it would be a pity if I didn’t care for them and they all fell out or had to be ruined by fillings. I’m not the best at caring for my teeth but the story of my ex-colleague is one of those random life snippets that I never forget – haha! And I’ll leave you with a Japlish saying I nicked from a dental clinic ad at a train station, “The most beautiful is smile”…
So dear friends, is caring for your teeth important to you or something that falls by the wayside?
Update: No Boxing Day shopping till later — the husband is busy with work so we’ll go another day. Not feeling too sad because the sales do last a few days.
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