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DoctorxDentist enables medical professionals to share their personal insights on an unaffiliated online platform. You can find out more about our contributing experts, who are all doctors with years of experience, on this page.

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Finally, we are all too aware that medical information can be pretty dry to digest, so we aim to write all content in a plain, clear, yet medically accurate way. 

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DoctorxDentist relies on word-of-mouth recommendations from fellow doctors to identify specialists in each field. We then meet with each doctor in person.

Yes, it's time-consuming. But besides having expertise, we think iti is important that the doctors answering questions on this website are friendly and enthusiastic about raising the level of healthcare awareness in Singapore.

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People who do not know a Singapore doctor friend may be disadvantaged in learning about healthcare. Our website's Q&A addresses this by enabling doctors to share expert opinions directly with you.

Questions are also opened up to a range of doctors and specialities to answer, so you do not get a "one-sided view".

Don't just take our word for it. We strongly encourage you to do your own research, and to read up on other health websites. It is important that everyone takes responsibility for their own health.

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Doctors who contribute do so to share their knowledge and experience. They are never paid or reimbursed for their answers. If you have benefited, you can show your thanks by spreading the word to others who may benefit as well.

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DoctorxDentist's Q&A lets doctors provide definitive, expert answers to important health questions.

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Breastfeeding Facts: Can I Take Medications?
Breastfeeding Facts: Can I Take Medications?

To all the mothers out there, Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

When it comes to pregnancy and childcare, people around you would often claim to be “masters” and give different kinds of information. It is annoying and confusing, but you cannot help but think about it. After all, your child’s safety could be in jeopardy.

I know for one that a lot of DoctorxDentist readers feel the same way. This post will discuss the risks and considerations involved in taking medication while breastfeeding.

306 views 1 Aug 2019
Retaining and Maintaing Youthful Skin - A Patient's Journey

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Meet Joie Leong, a make-up artist based in Singapore. She came to Dr K K Chew to address her concerns in retaining and maintaining youthful looking skin.

Beauty comes from the inside and we do need to take care of it through our lifestyle. Nevertheless, there are things that we cannot prevent from happening. An example of that is the aging process.

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Learn More About Advance Care Planning from Singaporean Show Host Abigail Chay

Life can be very unexpected and as such, it is important to be prepared for unpleasant surprises. Abigail Chay, a freelance actress, comedienne, teacher and show host from Singapore, recently held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session about Advance Care Planning (ACP) on DoctorxDentist for readers to ask whatever they wanted to know.

She is an ambassador for Let's Talk Care, a Singapore-based campaign raising awareness about Advance Care Planning (ACP). Other than doing one for herself, she has also convinced her father to complete his ACP. Here are some key takeaways.

72 views 9 Jul 2019
7 Diet Facts Shared By A Clinical Dietician
7 Diet Facts Shared By A Clinical Dietician

The path to a better diet can be rather challenging, especially with our hectic lifestyles today.

Fortunately, we have nutritionists like Veronica Cavallini to guide us through the do's and don'ts of healthy eating.

Veronica is a nutritional consultant with 9 years of experience in helping people manage their dietary concerns. She has helped her patients transform their eating habits and also helped to treat their gastrointestinal conditions.

254 views 28 Jun 2019
I'm A Fitness Trainer And A BrocnBells.com Ambassador in Singapore. AMA!
I'm A Fitness Trainer And A BrocnBells.com Ambassador in Singapore. AMA!

Physical trainer Wany Misban has ten years of experience in the fitness industry and is passionate about Pilates and fitness bootcamps. With students from all walks of life signing up for her classes all across Singapore, she is a Nike Master Trainer and works with UFIT Singapore as well.

Wany is also a BrocnBells.com ambassador. BrocnBells.com is a social platform where you can sign up to meet health and fitness workout and accountability buddies. 

Click here to ask Wany about anything related to exercise, working out, and fitness routines, such as:

• How to start exercising
• How to find a workout buddy or accountability partner
• Her favourite workout activities in Singapore
• How to stay safe while trying different sports
• Her favourite healthy cafes and hangouts in Singapore

Join trainer Wany Misban's live AMA on Thursday, 11 April 2019, at 5:00 p.m. SGT as she answers all your questions about fitness and training in Singapore.

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Interesting question. The short answer is that in theory, alcohol of a strong enough concentration CAN indeed kill germs in your body, but it's also a bad idea as it leads to gut wall lining damage. Hence, doctors will most certainly not advise for alcohol to be used for as a...
25 Feb 2019
Interesting question. In answer to your query, here are a few facts about childhood obesity: 1. Early onset obesity is defined as occurring before the age of 10 - ie you were severely obese in childhood before turning 10. 2. Your BMI has to be 3 standard deviations above the n...
20 Feb 2019
Sorry to hear about the very sad news. From the context of the links provided, crush syndrome and reperfusion injury seems likely to be the main reason for the expected complications and sudden deterioration. What is Crush Syndrome? Crush Syndrome was first described in...
26 Jan 2019
Great question, and congratulations on giving up smoking! I'm sure this is a question on many smokers minds too. First of all, chest pain should never be viewed trivially. Do follow up closely with your doctor on what to do next for your chest pain. Even though your ECG and e...
17 Jan 2019
We always check blood pressure and heart rate when we see a patient at clinic, and trust me, a low heart rate and low blood pressure is a fairly common incidental finding - especially amongst slim, smallish Asian women. Your blood pressure is linked to heart rate - because your ...
13 Jan 2019
A heart rate of below 60 even when you are awake is considered to be low. This is called "bradycardia" in medical terms. If you have bradycardia, but not other symptoms, you may not need any treatment. Healthy young people in good physical condition will frequently have resti...
13 Jan 2019
From the provided description, it sounds like gout, although there are of course other causes of toe joint swelling. This includes arthritis, infection, or an injury. Here are some quick facts about gout: Gout is caused by uric acid crystals built up in the joints, and most...
8 Jan 2019
The MMR vaccine is completely safe, and does not cause autism. Vaccination is very important because it prevents diseases that can cause permanent complications and death. In the case of the MMR vaccine, it prevents measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles complications include...
8 Jan 2019
In medical terminology, an irregular heart beat is called an arrythmia (ie, abnormal heart rhythm). Heart rhythm abnormalities occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats cause your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. Your doctor can detect...
8 Jan 2019
There are 2 main types of coconut oil: 1. Standard coconut oil 2. Virgin coconut oil Even though processed differently, both contain over 90% saturated fats. Saturated fats are bad for your health because they increase your "bad cholesterol" and the risk of heart disease...
4 Jan 2019
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Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/shingles-contagious#risk-factors It's likely that your dad has had chicken pox in the past before. This is because shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. Antiviral medicines such as acyclovir can ...
5 Jan 2019
There are 2 main types of coconut oil: 1. Standard coconut oil 2. Virgin coconut oil Even though processed differently, both contain over 90% saturated fats. Saturated fats are bad for your health because they increase your "bad cholesterol" and the risk of heart disease...
4 Jan 2019
I sincerely hope I am not too late in answering your enquiry. Thank you so much for including a picture of your son's dental condition which helped me get a clearer picture of what he is experiencing. As Dr Geraldine has pointed out the presence of tooth decay and also explained...
29 Aug 2018
The cost of open and minimally invasive bunion surgery is about the same in Singapore. This can range from about $800 to $2,000 for subsidised patients. The final cost of bunion surgery depends upon the type of surgery being carried out, and severity of your bunions. From your p...
1 Aug 2018
I presume that your gynae performed the ultrasound scan to rule out PCOS (given that you also have irregular periods). You have a cyst in your right ovary - cysts are very common in women who are still ovulating, and are almost always benign (none-worrying, and go away by themse...
10 Mar 2018
As Dr Paul has explained, the appearance of a brown line on your nail, known as melanonchia, is due to melanin within the nail. It's most often due to non-worrying causes. These include: Moles Freckles Fungal infection Pregnancy Trauma/injury (eg. from nail-biting)...
19 Feb 2018
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