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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneAre you keeping good oral hygiene habits? Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the gums, teeth, and mouth clean and healthy. It's important for people to practice good oral hygiene between visits to the dentist. Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, offers a complete range of dental services. Here are several reasons why good oral hygiene is important. 

1. Prevent Bad Breath

Halitosis, also called bad breath, is characterized by an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Bad breath most commonly results from poor oral hygiene. Bad breath can also be caused by gum disease, tobacco use, and medical conditions. Daily flossing and brushing and regular dental checkups and dental cleanings are the best prevention for bad breath. 

2. Prevent Cavities

Dental cavities are decayed areas of teeth that develop into tiny holes. Causes of dental cavities include bacteria, snacking, drinking sugary drinks, and lack of good oral hygiene. You can prevent dental cavities by flossing and brushing regularly, rinsing with mouth rinses, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. 

3. Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and tooth loss. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings are the best prevention for gum disease. 

4. Prevent Tooth Loss

Poor dietary habits and lack of good oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss. Sipping sugary drinks and eating sugary snacks can lead to tooth loss because sugar contributes to tooth decay. Tooth loss can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly, limiting sugar intake, avoiding tobacco, and seeing a dentist regularly. 

5. Maintain Overall Health

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. There is evidence to support a link between oral health and general health. People with good oral hygiene have a lower risk of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, and respiratory infections. 

We can help you maintain a healthy smile. To keep your oral health on track, call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 808-734-6022 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Honolulu, HI. We want all of our patients to have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

What your dentist in Honolulu wants you to know

Dental EmergencyIt’s great to be prepared for an emergency, especially a dental emergency. Dental emergencies are more common than most people realize. They can result from a car accident, sports injury, a bad fall, or other common occurrences. It’s critical to know what to do. Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, wants to share the facts about what to do if you experience a dental emergency.

There are many reasons why you should seek out emergency dental care, including:

  • Toothache pain that doesn’t go away
  • Toothache pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Toothache pain from a loose or missing filling or crown
  • A tooth that is loose or has been knocked out or moved
  • A loose dental implant or bridge

If you have experienced an accident or injury to your face, jaws, or head, you should also seek out emergency dental treatment. Your dentist can take x-rays and do specialty testing to determine if your teeth, jaws, and supporting structures are unharmed.

One of the best ways to be prepared for a dental emergency is to make sure you have your dentist contact information in an easily accessible location, including your smartphone. You should have the office phone numbers, after-hours information, and emergency contact information.

You should also put together a dental emergency kit, containing:

  • Your dentist’s contact information
  • Tylenol, ibuprofen or other pain medication
  • Saline solution
  • Sterile gauze packets
  • A small container with a lid

After a dental emergency, you should:

  • Clean the area and press gauze to it to reduce bleeding
  • Gently rinse the area free of blood and debris and apply ice to reduce swelling
  • For a loose tooth, try to gently move it back into position

For a knocked out tooth, pick up the tooth by the crown, not the roots, rinse the tooth and place it in the container with saline, or next to your gum and cheek to keep it moist.

Visit your dentist as soon as possible. Professional dental care is essential to a good outcome. For more information about dental emergencies and other dental topics, call Dr. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI. Call today!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health

What can your dentist in Honolulu, HI, help you with?dental sealants

Brushing your teeth is essential, but those hard-to-reach teeth may cause other detrimental issues, especially when it comes to your children's oral health. That's why Dr. Jason Ako can help your children with dental sealants.

What are sealants?

Sealants are thin, protective materials coated onto teeth, especially the molars. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist coat the chewing surface of the molars because they are uneven and rough, making them an easy place for bacteria to flourish.

If bacteria settles in, cavities will begin eating away at your child's teeth. That's why it's best to maintain a consistent oral regiment of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting your doctor twice a year. Your doctor may prevent a cavity from eating away at your child's tooth.

More About Dental Sealants

Getting dental sealants is not difficult or painful. Your dentist will clean and dry the tooth, then apply an acid gel on your child's tooth. His or her tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface. Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves and expose it to a special blue light to make the sealant hard.

Unfortunately, children aren't getting this treatment and, according to the CDC, there are several issues arising:

  • Approximately 43 percent of children with ages ranging between 6 and 11 have gotten a dental sealant.
  • Children with no sealants suffer from more cavities than children with sealants.

Sealants are beneficial to children and adults, and the sooner you get them the sooner your teeth will be protected. So when you visit your dentist in Honolulu, HI, make sure you ask him about sealants.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding  

Bruxism is the habit of clenching or grinding the teeth. Bruxism may be occasional and mild or frequent and aggressive. Dr. Jason Ako at teeth grindingKahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI offers a variety of treatments for bruxism. Here are five teeth grinding solutions you should be aware of.

1. Cut Down on Caffeine

Avoid or cut back on beverages and foods that contain caffeine, such as coffee, chocolate, tea and soft drinks. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after dinner. Opt for hot water with lemon or herbal tea. Caffeine can have a disruptive effect on your sleep and lead to teeth grinding.

2. Reduce Stress Levels

If you grind and clench your teeth because of stress, you may be able to prevent this problem with activities that promote relaxation, such as massage, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis or using a sauna.

3. Form A New Habit

Train yourself not to grind or clench your teeth. If you notice that you grind or clench your teeth during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw to relax.

4. Wear A Bite Plate

Ask your Honolulu dentist about a bite plate. Also known as a mouth splint or an occlusal splint, a bite plate is made of harder plastic than a mouth guard. A bite plate will prevent wear and tear of your teeth due to teeth grinding. Bite plates are no more effective than mouth guards, but they tend to last longer.

5. Wear A Night Guard

Your dentist may suggest a night guard that can be worn while sleeping. The night guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth. A night guard will protect your teeth from damage.

Now is the perfect time to make a wise decision. If you routinely grind your teeth, call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI at (808) 734-6022 to schedule an appointment. With the proper treatment, we can help improve your sleep, alleviate the pain in your jaw and prevent damage to your teeth.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Your oral care routine could make or break your smile. Find out how to give your smile the proper care it deserves.

How often do you truly think about how you brush or floss your teeth? It’s probably pretty automatic at this point in your life, but it might beoral health time to switch out of autopilot and put your oral care routine under the microscope. Our Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. Jason Ako, wants to ensure that you are giving your smile the care it deserves so that your routine visits are stress-free.

Visiting Your Dentist Regularly

Yes, we know that life gets hectic but your oral health should be a top priority. Regular dental checkups are one of the best ways to prevent dental issues from affecting your smile. If you are someone who thinks that you should only visit your Honolulu general dentist if you are having issues, think again! Even if you aren’t experiencing pain or other problems, these regular appointments are a great way to identify problems before symptoms even set in, and to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth.

Maintaining Your Smile Between Visits

While these six-month checkups are vitally important to your oral health, it’s also important that you are doing your part in between visits to the dentist to guarantee that your mouth stays healthy. By keeping up with your oral hygiene, you can reduce bacteria, plaque and tartar and prevent common problems like cavities and gum disease from affecting your oral health. You should at least be brushing twice a day for two minutes and also flossing once a day, preferably before bedtime.

You should also examine your diet and make sure that not only are you getting the nutrients you need to keep your smile strong but that you are also staying away from sugar and processed foods, which can wreak havoc on your teeth and increase your chances of decay. Just say no to that can of soda or that candy bar in the afternoon and pack your lunch full of healthier, more satiating choices for both you and your smile.

Are you concerned about the health of your smile? Do you need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then turn to Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI for all of your smile needs.