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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

CAS Hike at Sungei Buloh

Did you know that Sungei Buloh is Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park? On April 24, we met at the Wetland Centre for a Sunday morning stroll through the mangroves. We enjoyed getting to know each other as we walked the 40-minute loop on a flat trail through wetlands. We were treated to sightings of bats, monitor lizards, mudskippers, one sleepy croc, and loads of birds such as herons and kingfishers. 

If you haven't been out to Sungei Buloh recently, get yourself out there!  They've added an extension which includes a 

Visitor Centre, more parking and new trails that follow the coast. It's an easy stroll for kids too. You are so close to Malaysia that Singtel thinks you're actually there - so remember to turn off your data before your walk.  Wear comfy shoes and bring binoculars if you have some.  

For information on the  Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Click here.

Do you have other suggestions for other CAS weekend outdoor adventures? Email us! (info@canadians.org.sg) with your ideas!

Ask the Dentist: How can I treat my swollen gum?


A: It is essential to find out the cause of the gum swelling. Swollen gums can be caused by numerous reasons, such as gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), oral infection, and other health issues. Depending on the root cause, swollen gums can be treated with good oral care habits and dental procedures such as non-surgical or surgical gum treatment, root canal treatment, or surgical incision and drainage.

Gum disease

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums. At this stage, it may not necessarily be painful. It can be easily reversed with good oral hygiene habits like brushing two times a day, flossing daily, and regularly visiting your gum specialist (periodontist) or dentist for professional teeth cleaning (scaling and polishing).

In more advanced stages of gum disease where gums are severely inflamed and detached from the teeth forming deep pockets (periodontitis), root planning treatment with a periodontist is required to remove the tartar (hardened plaque) that is deeply entrenched. Sometimes, surgical gum therapy may be indicated to further improve the health of the gums and the stability of the teeth. If left untreated, however, gum disease will continue to progress and lead to further bone loss, gum recession, and eventual loss of teeth.

Oral infection

If there is an infected tooth, a dental abscess (accumulation of pus) will form on one area of the gums. Most gum abscesses will heal quickly after the area is cleaned thoroughly, the pus is drained and the tooth infection is treated.

Yeast infections such as oral thrush may cause swelling too. Treatment methods include medications and ointment.

Other issues

Other possible causes of swollen gums include ill-fitting dentures, crowns, or other dental appliances, and side effects of medications.

If you find that the gum swelling lasts longer than 2 to 3 days, seek help from your periodontist or dentist promptly even if you do not experience any pain or fever to prevent the problem from worsening.

Dr Daylene Leong is Dental Specialist in Periodontics with Specialist Dental Group®She received her training in the specialty area of Periodontology from the University of Michigan, USA. Dr Leong is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. She has a special interest in periodontal regeneration, gingival aesthetic and plastic surgery and dental implants.

www.specialistdentalgroup.com | (65) 6733 7883

Friday, April 1, 2022

Ask the Dentist: Q. When is the best time to remove my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth (third molars) to erupt into the mouth, and this usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 25 (the ages of wisdom, hence the term wisdom teeth).

It is generally recommended for teenagers or those in their early adulthood to remove their wisdom teeth as they are in the age group where they can recover faster. The bone is more elastic when young, and the tooth has shorter roots than in an older adult. With the right treatment and proper management, the procedure is smooth and seldom causes significant swelling and discomfort afterward.

Another reason would be that younger individuals also usually do not have too many commitments. Thus arranging their schedules will be easier than a working adult with a family. 

Researchers have also found that older patients aged 30 years and above may be at greater risk for gum disease in the tissues surrounding the wisdom teeth and adjacent teeth, eventually affecting one's general health if left untreated.

For those worried about the loss of wisdom teeth affecting their eating, there is no issue – losing your wisdom teeth will not affect your chewing ability.

If you are experiencing any discomfort from your wisdom teeth, do not only self-medicate. Visit a dental specialist or dentist for a thorough dental examination, and they will advise if there is a need to remove your wisdom teeth. 

Dr Ho Kok Sen is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with Specialist Dental Group®. Dr Ho is a mentor, lecturer, and examiner to students in the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology course at the National University of Singapore.  Dr Ho is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Academy of Medicine Singapore. He has a special interest in dental implants, jaw surgery, bone grafting, and complex extractions. http://www.specialistdentalgroup.com | (65) 6733 7883

Canadian International School’s (CIS) new Kindergarten wing

Want a Kindergarten that has it all? A strong academic foundation, a warm environment that fosters curiosity with plenty of outdoor play every day.

Canadian International School's (CIS) new Kindergarten wing will be opening in January 2023. Designed to bring the outdoors in and support the school’s inquiry and play-based approach it will house the school's nursery to grade 1 student community and will have a spectacular new Outdoor Discovery Centre. The centre will be an enormous 2,600 square metre and connect with spacious and natural light-filled classrooms.


When children are outside they are quickly inspired to get active and run, jump and climb. These activities, in turn, spark brain development, sharpen social and gross motor skills and generate strong academic performance.

CIS students will get to play every day in the ODC which has some extra special features: a sound and art gardens to experiment in, a mud kitchen and Eco pond. Plus plenty of grassy hills, nature tunnels, a play fort and a yoga lawn.

Through playing with mud, water, sand and loose objects such as sticks, stones, mesh and rope, students will engage in imaginative and creative thinking while solving problems. They will learn to calculate, measure, invent, estimate, specify, analyse, hypothesise and test theories, thereby developing their thinking, communication and research skills.


Lakeside's unique learning pod design has been incorporated into the new wing. Grade level classrooms that house students in the English and Chinese-English and French-English bilingual programmes will feed into dedicated light-filled learning pods, providing exhibition spaces and fostering a strong sense of grade level community.


The CIS team have been creative with some of their new early years learning spaces. The new junior library will house a large selection of age-appropriate books, a gross motor room and a working instructional bakery.


Students school-wide will enjoy the wing’s new full-sized gymnasium that will serve as an additional practice and tournament facility for older students, an indoor 25m swimming pool, dance studio and 200-seat black-box theatre.

Learn more at the CIS April open house, RSVP at www.cis.edu.sg/admissions/open-house