Happy, Healthy Halloween Tips

It’s Halloween and your neighbours will likely be handing out tonnes of sugary sweets that your kids will be devouring for weeks to come. This could be a truly tough time for parents attempting to keep kids from excessive candy consumption. With all the time and effort children put into collecting their candy, it can be difficult to stop them from having too much. Check out our 10 helpful tips to keep your kids’ mouth healthy.


1. Timing

Take care that your youngsters don’t dig into their candy until after dinner. Extra saliva is developed while eating, which protects teeth from microorganisms by clearing food debris from their mouth.

2. Healthy Foods

Cavities can be mitigated by making sure your children clean their teeth and are preserving a healthy and balanced diet. Lots of fruit and vegetables will keep them happy and healthy.

3. Monitor Chewy Candy

Gooey, chewy treats that cling to your child’s teeth can cause trouble. The remaining candy debris causes cavities and saliva will not eliminate it. Make sure your kids are promptly brushing and flossing to remove the leftover bits.

4. Pick Carefully

Sweets do even more damages to kids’ teeth the longer it remains in their mouths. Hard or crunchy candy enhance the chance of tooth cavities developing.

5. Water

It’s important to make sure your kids are drinking lots of water. If possible, make sure the water contains fluoride. Most urban centers already fluoridate their water, but if you get your water from the store, check to see it has fluoride in it. Like saliva, drinking water eliminates keeps teeth tidy and washes away food scraps.

6. Steer clear of Pop

Consuming sodas, sports drinks or various other sweet fluids is just as bad as candy. As a matter of fact, Consuming pop and candy at the same time doubles the chance of cavities or other dental issues.

7. Sugarless Gum.

Chewing on a stick of sugarless gum can actually help clean your mouth and boost oral health. Chewing gum helps to produce saliva that subsequently rinses out sweets as well as various other food particles.

8. Brush Often.

It is essential for your youngsters’ to brush for at least 2 minutes, multiple times a day. Check that they use fluoride toothpaste along with a good toothbrush that is changed every few months.

9. Remember to floss.

Cleaning is just half the fight, see to it your children floss every night. Brushing alone isn’t enough since it doesn’t get to the food embedded between their teeth.

10. Normal Checkups.

Schedule regular checkups with Kaka’ako Dentistry. Regular dental cleanings will maintain your child’s healthy smile and allows us to monitor for possible problems. Book an appointment today!

Discover how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile!

It’s so important to have healthy, strong, teeth! But we also want our teeth have a pleasant appearance, so that when we smile and laugh the joy we feel from within radiates outward. Having a nice smile can give you an extra boost of confidence that can make all the difference in your life. At Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu, we understand the importance a beautiful smile can make to your overall well-being. That’s why we are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry services that can improve the appearance of your smile!

The great thing about cosmetic dentistry is that there are so many ways for us to improve the look of your smile. Depending on the appearance of your teeth and your oral health care needs we can assess your smile and offer the cosmetic dentistry solutions that will work for your smile goals and preferences.

To give you an idea of the many different ways cosmetic dentistry can work for you, we will outline a few common cosmetic dentistry procedures and discuss what they can do to enhance the natural beauty of your smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain fixed onto teeth to enhance their appearance, and in some cases, are even used to protect the teeth. Veneers allow many patients to achieve a dramatic smile makeover without highly invasive treatments. The results from Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu, will last anywhere from 10-30 years!

Teeth whitening
The teeth whitening services offered at our dental office include in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits. For a more effective and powerful treatment, our in-office offerings are your best option, typically resulting in a smile that is up to eight shades whiter within an hour. But if you don’t need a deep treatment and still want to brighten your smile, a take home kit might be right for you!

Gum contouring
Gum contouring is most often sought after by clients who have a “gummy” smile, an asymmetrical smile, or in those who have a declining gum line because of an existing gum condition. This is a small treatment that occurs in-office and lasts around one hour. Before the treatment, you will have a consultation with your us so we can determine where the sculpting will take place along the gumline.

Invisalign clear braces are among one of the most efficient and advanced remedies for aligning your teeth. They include clear aligners that are comfortable and also detachable, allowing for increased flexibility, as opposed to traditional braces, when eating as well as flossing and brushing your teeth.

If you want to find out more about how cosmetic dentistry can enhance the look and feel of your smile, contact us today! We can discuss your unique needs and find the cosmetic dentistry solution that is just right for you. Contact us online or call Honolulu’s Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry today at (808) 670-3576.

A Crown Fit for a King or Queen

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A dental crown is one of the most common procedures to help restore and protect a tooth. If you’re one of the millions who need a crown, there are a few basic details that you need to know. If the chewing area of your tooth has been damaged, a crown restores your tooth’s natural ability to chew. Dental Crowns are aptly named as they surround the surface area of the tooth that sits above the gum line. They’re made of different materials including ceramic, stainless steel, metal, resin, and porcelain. Dr. Adachi and the team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry are able to utilize porcelain crowns to enhance the look of your smile.  


While all crowns are made to look as natural as possible in terms of how they match the color, size, and shape of your teeth, porcelain crowns are particularly effective for cosmetic reasons. Dental Crowns can not only add to the look of your smile but also add to the overall strength of your teeth. Here are the main reasons for crowns:

  • Protection against decay when a tooth is well on the verge of developing it
  • Protection of a tooth post root canal
  • Restoration of a very badly decayed tooth
  • Restoration of a cracked or damaged tooth
  • Completion of a dental implant
  • Anchoring a dental bridge
  • Cosmetic  


The process begins with x-rays to determine the health of your teeth. The roots of your tooth and your jaw bone must be strong enough to support the crown. To prepare, we will numb the tooth, fill it, and reshape it to accommodate the crown. In some cases, a root canal may be necessary if your tooth has deteriorated.


Once your tooth is adequately prepared, we make an impression of your tooth using a special paste. A temporary crown protects your tooth while we create the porcelain crown using the impression we just created. The permanent crown then replaces the temporary one.


For more information on crowns, porcelain crowns, or any other cosmetic dentistry needs, contact Dr. Adachi and the team at Kaka’ako cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your appointment today.

Hot, cold, sweet, or sour — What really causes hypersensitive teeth?

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You’re on a first date and have picked out the perfect restaurant. There’s music, candles, and a gauntlet of food that you know you can’t endure. The hot soup, cold beverage, and sweet dessert your date insists you have is a nightmare for your hypersensitive teeth. How do you get rid of this problem once and for all? While the sensitivity can range from moderate to severe, it is always unpleasant and jarring. The first and most important step in finding a solution is identifying the cause. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Adachi to discuss your hypersensitive teeth and the team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic dentistry will provide you with a proven solution as well as address any other general dentistry needs.

If your hypersensitivity has plagued you all your life, you may be sensitive to a number of things including temperature (hot & cold), taste (sweet & sour), and pressure (grinding & clenching). This happens when pores in your dentin are open and allow liquid to come in direct contact with the pulp of your tooth. Dentin covers the pulp of your tooth while nerve endings are located in the pulp. Once the dentin has become weakened and the pores opened, you’re more susceptible to experiencing the short bursts of pain associated with hypersensitivity.  This pain is your pulp and nerve endings reacting as the stimuli of temperature, taste, and pressure force fluid through the open pores of the dentin. The only way to stop fluid from coming into contact with your sensitive pulp is to close the pores in your dentin. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Adachi to discuss your options for a permanent solution as well as to address any other general dentistry needs.

Temporary sensitivity may be caused by a few things related to oral health products and procedures. While teeth whitening has become commonplace, some products may cause your teeth to be temporarily sensitive as they strip the outer layer of your teeth and expose dentin. Likewise, general dental procedures like receiving fillings, periodontal treatment, or the tightening of braces may also cause temporary sensitivity. If this temporary sensitivity is causing too much discomfort, contact Dr. Adachi. Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry will provide general dentistry needs as well as comprehensive treatment options for hypersensitive teeth.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Adachi today to finally relieve yourself of hypersensitive teeth, and call us today if you are experiencing any discomfort from hypersensitivity.

Halitosis? Tic Tacs aren’t enough

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Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and politely offered them gum or a Tic Tac? Worse, have you been the person who has always needed something to help with your breath? Halitosis, or bad breath, is embarrassing and can make you self-conscious about speaking to others and avoid social interaction. Bad breath is usually caused by oral bacteria and many people may suffer some form. Contact Dr. Adachi and his team to learn about how general dentistry can help fight bad breath.


There are five reasons that typically cause bad breath.


  1. Dry Mouth. Your mouth becomes dry because not enough saliva is being produced. Breathing from your mouth or taking medication are usually the causes for dry mouth. Saliva prevents dry mouth by washing away food particles. Stimulate saliva to avoid dry mouth.
  2. A poor oral hygiene routine and gum disease. It is important to keep a regular oral health routine including brushing and flossing. If you don’t brush or floss routinely, you may have gum disease that will cause bad breath. Bread breath may indicate that plaque is on your teeth.
  3. Food. Any food particles that aren’t eliminated by brushing or flossing attract bad breath causing bacteria. It is vital to brush and floss after eating strong -smelling foods including onions and garlic.
  4. Smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco is detrimental to your oral health. Chewing or smoking tobacco contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
  5. Infection or other medical problems. Infections to your sinus or mouth can lead to bad breath. A common cold may temporarily give you bad breath. Diabetes and reflux are more serious conditions that give bad breath. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Adachi for more information on how general dentistry can help combat bad breath.


Even if you feel you keep an adequate oral health care routine, you may still experience bad breath. Contact Dr. Adachi and the team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry for a full assessment. We can get down to the cause of your bad breath and provide the options to help alleviate the embarrassing condition.

Why Veneers?


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At Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer dental veneers, which are an easy and fast way to upgrade your smile. Usually made out of porcelain or ceramic, veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth that make your teeth look whiter the moment they go on. Patients like veneers for their durability, the fact that they don’t affect the feel of the teeth, and for the results that are immediately noticeable.



Dental veneers can help with many different cosmetic and oral health issues, and can be a solution to multiple issues.


Some of the most popular reasons people decide to get veneers are:

  • Whitening their smile
  • Hide chipped or cracked teeth
  • Fix spacing between the teeth
  • Improve the shape of a tooth

Veneers can also protect worn or damaged teeth, and prevent further damage.


Long Lasting

Dental veneers last for years. The average veneer can be expected to last approximately 10-15 years, depending on the level of care.

Low Maintenance

You can floss and brush with veneers just as you would without them!

Easily Applied

It typically only takes about four weeks to complete the veneer application process.


If dental veneers sound like the solution for you, don’t hesitate to contact your Honolulu dentist today!

Chipped tooth? Consider more than just appearance

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A chipped tooth is no laughing matter. It may cause serious pain and discomfort and lead to infection. A chipped tooth may also affect your appearance and self confidence. There are many ways to chip a tooth but only a few ways to fix it. A chipped tooth may not only irritate and look unsightly, but, if left untreated, may lead to infection and severe health issues. Dr. Adachi and his team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry can repair a chipped tooth as well as provide the proper assessment for proper oral health care.

First, make an appointment at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry so Dr. Adachi can examine the severity of the damage. Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry not only wants to restore the look of your smile but also ensure that you have a proper bite and optimal oral health. While a chipped tooth may need cosmetic repair, your overall oral health is what matters most.

When you have a chipped tooth, you have to make sure that the tooth doesn’t become damaged more. You also want to ensure that infection does not occur. Follow these tips immediately following chipping your tooth:

  • Pain is an indication that there is something wrong beyond physical appearance. Over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol may help alleviate the pain. Remember to always read the label and consult an oral health professional if the pain becomes too intense.
  • Prevent infection or the spread of bacteria by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water.
  • A chip may have created jagged edges that may cut or irritate your cheek, lips, or tongue. Cover the sharp tooth with a piece of wax until you are able to get it repaired.
  • Avoid eating on the side of your chipped tooth. Eating only soft food until your tooth is repaired may prevent pain or irritation.

There are a number of treatment options for cosmetic dentistry when wanting to repair a chipped tooth.

  • Dental filling and bonding is used when there is a small chip. If you have chipped a front tooth, bonding that is the same color as your teeth is used.
  • Grinding your tooth down in order to install a crown or cap is common when a large chunk of your tooth is broken off.
  • Dental veneers treat broken front teeth as they appear more natural.
  • If the center of your tooth, known as the pulp, has become exposed due to the chip, there is an increased chance of infection. Dr. Adachi and his team will need to perform a root canal at this point as bacteria can infect the exposed pulp creating an abscess.

Chipped teeth may be painful, unsightly, and can lead to infection. Contact Dr. Adachi and his team to get a full assessment. They will provide the best option for your damaged tooth. Avoid infection and more severe problems by scheduling an appointment today.

Looking For A Cosmetic Dentist in Honolulu?

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There are many reasons why you may want to get in touch with a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity as a way to enhance your appearance and improve your smile. If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Honolulu, Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is the one you want to know.

Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is vastly experienced in all many areas of cosmetic dentistry. Not only do Dr. Gerald Adachi’s services enhance the overall appearance of your teeth and smile, but he also focuses on your oral health and your wellbeing.

Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is the place for you if you are serious about getting the smile of your dreams.

Want to hear more about the best cosmetic dentist in Honolulu? Contact Dr. Gerald Adachi online or via phone at (808) 670-3576 to schedule your appointment.

Stop Grinding Your Teeth with a Dental Nightguard

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Do you clench your teeth or grind them while you sleep?  


If you are waking up with jaw pain, tension headaches, or facial pain, you may be suffering from a condition known as bruxism. Many of our Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry patients only become aware that they suffer from bruxism when they are diagnosed with significant tooth enamel loss during a scheduled visit with our oral care professionals.


Fortunately, there is a non-invasive and effective solution for teeth grinding and the tooth enamel damage it can cause.  


Dental Nightguards for Bruxism

Custom-fabricated nightguards fit like a glove and protect your teeth from the adverse effects of bruxism. Nightguards are created through a non-invasive process that simply takes an impression of the bottom and top rows of teeth. The result is a nightguard that is flexible, comfortable, and personalized to your mouth.


Benefits of Dental Nightguards

Frequent clenching and teeth grinding wears down the chewing surfaces of the teeth reduces tooth enamel, and can result in a cracked or chipped tooth, crown, or filling. Nightguards can reduce or eliminate the dental damage that results from teeth grinding. They can also reduce the discomfort associated with headaches, a sore jaw, ear pain, tooth sensitivity, and facial pain that many patients experience as a result of grinding and clenching. In severe cases of bruxism, patients can develop loss of hearing, jawbone misalignment, and TMJ. Therefore, customized nightguards can help prevent the progression of teeth grinding into these more serious conditions.


Additional Tips to Reduce Teeth Grinding

It’s important to wear your nightguard faithfully if you grind your teeth at night.  In addition, follow these tips to help to prevent your teeth grinding from worsening:


  • Avoid caffeine. In some individuals, caffeine increases the likelihood of teeth grinding.


  • Relax your jaw muscles. Make a conscious effort to keep your jaw relaxed. A warm washcloth against your cheek, sticking your tongue between your teeth, and avoiding chewing pencils, pens, and gum is all ways to train the muscles of your jaw to stay relaxed.


  • Avoid alcohol. In some patients, alcohol increases teeth grinding tendencies.


  • Reduce tension and stress. Whether you take a warm bath before bed, listen to soothing music, or exercise, practice stress-relieving activities to wash away the tensions of the day.


If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night, be sure to discuss a custom Dental Nightguard with Dr. Gerald Adachi, DMD at your next scheduled visit.


Contact us to relieve your jaw pain today!

Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service

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Here at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ve always made customer service our top priority. After all, there’s no better way to show our work than to leave our patients smiling! That’s why we’re so proud to say Dr. Gerald Adachi and the team at Kaka’ako Dentistry has been once again awarded the Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service!

At our cosmetic dentistry practice in Honolulu, our job is to give our patients beautiful, radiant smiles. And without their enthusiastic support, our practice would not be where it is today,  so we’re ecstatic that Dr. Adachi has continue to be recognized as doing right by our patients and giving them the dental experience they deserve.

The Spectrum Award is awarded based on independent, unbiased research, and is given to recognize small businesses that provide exceptional customer experience in their local community. Our practice is proud to be able to represent Honolulu as a leader in exceptional customer service!
Receiving the Spectrum Award only motivates us more, and you can be assured that providing the very best in cosmetic dentistry experience will continue to be a top priority for us!