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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
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.