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First of all, with pericoronitis, you are going to experience pain and swelling. What makes it worse is that you may accidentally bite on the swollen soft tissue, further traumatising the gum. You are expected to have difficulty in eating for that few days. Untreated pericoronitis ...
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Syphilis Is A Curable Disease; Singaporean Doctors Explain Its Diagnosis And Treatment

STDs can come in different forms/types, with an assortment of symptoms and, not to mention, a great deal of anxiety.

Those who are stricken can suffer from a great deal of embarrassment (in addition to the symptoms), with different diseases displaying different symptoms, ranging in severity and extensiveness.

On DxD, several readers posted questions about syphilis which included how to know if the diagnosis is conclusive and if so, what kinds of treatments could be found in Singapore.

Here's a compilation of some answers from reputable doctors with experience in the field.

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Can Probiotics Help Prevent Constipation? A Gastroenterologist Explains

You’ve probably experienced it at some point. Spending long periods of time in the bathroom due to constipation can be a literal pain in the rear.

Probiotics have been brought up as a possible solution to this nightmare but how true is this?

A DxD reader who had suffered from constipation for about 2 weeks took probiotics in hopes of relieving her constipation condition. Here's what Dr Andrea Rajnakova has to say. 

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This Clinical Dietician Shares His Best Tips On How To Eat Healthier In Singapore

The phrase, "you are what you eat" should be taken literally. The food and drinks that you ingest have a direct impact on your health and well-being. 

Did you know that your body replaces almost 300 billion cells every day? The foods you consume are the source of building materials for these cells.

If your diet is constantly filled with foods that are low on nutrients, you're not giving our body much to work with. However, consistently maintaining strict diets or finding clean food can seem really challenging. So, what's the fix?

Dr Naras Lapsys, a clinical dietician, hosted an AMA session and answered a lot of reader questions on how to eat healthier in Singapore.

He has a PhD in molecular genetics, a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, and has had more than 14 years of experience in this field. Here's what you need to know. 

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When Does Diabetes Affect Your Kidneys And How Do You Manage It?

People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing other chronic problems affecting the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain, feet, and nerves. 

Amongst all, your kidneys are especially vulnerable. If you don't control your blood sugar levels well, it can ultimately lead to kidney failure. 

Dr Francisco Salcido-Ochoa, who specialises in treating chronic kidney diseases, explains how diabetes can cause kidney failure and what you can do about it.

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This Singaporean Dentist Shares Her Best Tips On How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Bad Breath!

At some point in time, most of us have had breath. Usually, this situation can be easily rectified with a simple swish of mouthwash or by brushing and flossing. 

However, for some people, the awful smell persists for weeks, if not months!

Stubborn bad breath can make you feel awkward in social situations, cause emotional distress, and lower your self-esteem. It can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. 

A 26-year-old female DxD reader wrote in to share her story. She revealed that she has been having bad breathe since she was 9. Despite implementing an extensive dental hygiene routine involving flossing and tongue scraping, she feels that the scent has only gotten worse. 

Dr Jaclyn Toh, an experienced dentist, responded to the distressed reader with an in-depth answer. Here's what she had to share.

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