Snack Smart

It’s common knowledge that too many sweets can be detrimental to the health of your mouth. That’s why parents often keep a close eye on their child’s candy consumption. However, some adults don’t realize that their own snacking habits may be undermining their oral health. By putting a little more thought into the snacks you reach for, you can avoid cavities and improve your dental hygiene. For the best in general dentistry, contact the team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu.

Avoid Acid Erosion

When you consume acidic or sugary foods, it contributes to the production of acid in your mouth. If acid is allowed to linger in your mouth, it will begin to erode the surface of your teeth making them softer and more sensitive. That’s why it’s smart to avoid acidic, citrus fruits and overly sweet snacks between meals. Be careful you’re not over-sweetening your morning cup of coffee either.

Promote Healthy Teeth

Calcium is a mineral that is not only safe for your teeth, it actually helps strengthen them. Dairy products which are high in calcium, like yogurt and cheese, make a great midday snack that will satisfy your stomach and help preserve the enamel on your teeth. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle of water handy. Regularly consuming water throughout the day can help wash away food debris lingering in your mouth and prevent acid from accumulating.

To learn more about how your diet can affect your dental health, talk to Dr Gerald Adachi. Keep your teeth sparkling and strong with regular cleanings and general dentistry from Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu.

Restorative Dentistry Resolutions for 2017

With 2017 in full swing, people are starting to pick up new diets and fitness routines to accomplish their new year’s resolutions. While fitness-oriented resolutions are common, most people don’t consider setting goals for their oral health. If your mouth is plagued by damaged or missing teeth, make a new resolution to rejuvenate your smile with restorative dentistry from a trusted professional in Honolulu. Dr Gerald Adachi and the team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry are happy to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

Your teeth endure a substantial amount of stress every day. Over time, the daily wear-and-tear can cause significant decay, resulting in broken or missing teeth. When a tooth is lost or becomes weakened, it affects your whole mouth. Damaged or missing teeth are not only uncomfortable, they also create greater stress on your remaining teeth which can lead to accelerated damage or decay. Gaps in your smile can also be embarrassing, especially when you’re trying to make the right first impression.

Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu will protect the health of your mouth while repairing the appearance of your smile. When a tooth has sustained substantial damage, a dental crown can protect it from further decay while strengthening it for increased stability. If the tooth is beyond repair or missing altogether, it can be replaced with a dental implant. Whatever the problem, call the experts at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry. Our restorative dentistry treatments will renew your smile for the new year!

Start-off 2017 with a resolution for your teeth! Request a consultation with our experienced team to learn more about your options for comprehensive restorative treatments.

Benefits of Dental Implants in Honolulu

When a tooth is damaged beyond repair or missing altogether, it could be time to get dental implants in Honolulu from a dentist you can trust. Implants provide a long-lasting replacement for missing or damaged teeth by bonding to your jaw bone to create a strong, stable base for a crown. While dentures are another option for filling gaps in your smile, implants have become progressively popular because of the benefits they provide. Wondering if implants are right for you? Contact the experts at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry today!

Reliability

Implants offer increased stability that will allow you to regain full use of your mouth. Traditional dentures can often slip but because implants are bonded to the jawbone they stay rooted in place. Dental implants allow you to chew and smile confidently with the knowledge that your artificial tooth isn’t going anywhere.

Health

Besides the additional comfort of having a sturdy, stable smile, implants also come with a number of health benefits. First of all, artificial teeth cannot develop cavities, so you need not worry about future problems with your new tooth. Additionally, implants can prevent future dental issues caused by gaps in your smile and allowing teeth to shift positioning.

Appearance

Gaps in your smile can be embarrassing. Dental implants in Honolulu restore your smile with an artificial tooth that can also be color-matched to your existing teeth. Not everyone realises that missing teeth can alter the structural appearance of your face, meaning implants aren’t only healthier and more reliable but also more appealing visually.

Don’t suffer the embarrassment and discomfort of missing teeth, get dental implants from Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu. Contact us today to request a consultation with our expert team!

Healthy Gums, Healthy You

In dentistry, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of proper dental care to promote strong, healthy teeth. However, it’s also vital to discuss the significance of maintaining healthy gums too. At Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry, we care about your gums and the complete health of your mouth. Learn more about your gums and how to keep them healthy, and call your trusted Honolulu dentist for regular checkups.

Let’s start with the benefits. Healthy gums can promote the overall health of your body, and help defend against non-dental illnesses like heart disease and stroke. Strong teeth and gums make it easier to consume more nutritious foods, again improving your overall health, and giving you the energy you need to excel. Lastly, don’t underestimate the emotional benefits of healthy teeth and gums. A brilliant smile can promote self-confidence and allow you to make better first impressions.

On the other hand, the consequences of weak gums can be worse than you think. Inconsistent care for your gums can allow gum disease to take over. If allowed to develop, gum disease can result in lost teeth and sensitivity, that can make it difficult to consume certain foods. Gum disease is not only a serious threat to the health of your mouth but can also cause other severe respiratory diseases.

Avoid the consequences of unhealthy gums, call Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry today to book an appointment with our expert team. We will clean your teeth and inspect your gums to help you improve your home dental care routine. Contact us online or on the phone today!

Caring For Your Porcelain Veneers

Oral veneers are a fantastic approach to cover tooth flaws, beautify the appearance of your teeth and project a beautiful smile. It’s your ideal option for covering flaws that can not be enhanced by other dental procedures. Still, are porcelain veneers invincible? Not entirely. Veneers can break through time, particularly when they are put under extensive pressure. Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry has picked out some bad habits that can damage your veneers.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Oral veneers are not susceptible to decay, nevertheless the underlying tooth is. It is vital to keep your mouth healthy so that decay and other oral concerns are prevented. A veneer-bonded tooth that has actually rotted below will not have the capability to provide the necessary foundation for the oral veneer. With time, the oral veneer will start to slip.

Irregular Stresses

Oral veneers can withstand normal biting pressures for numerous years. However, substantial stress can prompt your veneers to break slowly. Activities that apply serious pressure on your veneers consist of fingernail biting, ice chewing and using your teeth to open bottles or other plastic packaging.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Bruxism or teeth grinding creates substantial pressure on your veneers. If natural teeth are not able to withstand extended grinding, then oral veneers can not handle it either. The best thing to do is to utilize a mouth guard while sleeping.

Thinking about veneers? Contact the experts at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry to establish an evaluation!

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.

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!

Oral Cancer and the Dental Profession

Kaka'ako_oral_blogIMAge_v2-01Did you know dental professionals can screen you for cancer? The dental profession is actually the first line of defense for oral cancer detection! Many people think that dentists just help you take care of your teeth and don’t realize dentists are actually concerned with your overall wellness!

Kaka’ako cosmetic dentistry is proud to be supporting Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April. Dr. Adachi and the whole team at Kaka’ako want to let everyone know that they offer oral cancer screenings to help combat the disease.

 

Why are oral cancer screenings important?

Oral cancer screenings are important because early detection is crucial to effectively treat oral cancer.

Many people think that oral cancer is a rare form of cancer, but the Oral Cancer Foundation reports that 1 person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Oral cancer awareness is actually at an all-time low. Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016. That’s 132 new individuals diagnosed every day. Most cases of oral cancer are caught late in development, which is why the death rate is so high, but when oral cancer is detected early, the survival rate is anywhere between 80-90%. Oral cancer screenings and early detection can save lives!

How your dentist can help.

Think about the first thing that happens when you visit your dentist. No matter what procedure you are visiting your dentist for, you will most likely sit down in the chair and “open wide” while the dentist or hygienist examines your mouth, teeth, gums, and throat. Dental professionals are extremely familiar with the soft tissues in your mouth, and with the proper examination techniques can and do perform oral cancer screenings.

During these screenings your dentist or hygienist will look for abnormalities in your mouth, and throat to detect any possible early signs of oral cancers. If they find anything that is of concern, or a red flag the only way to provide a definitive diagnosis is through biopsy. If your dentist decides you need a biopsy you will be referred to an oral pathologist who will be able to provide further diagnosis.

Raising awareness about the importance of regular screenings is vital in fighting the prevalence of oral cancer. Think about the impact public awareness has had on public participation in annual screenings for other cancers such as pap smears to detect cervical cancer, mammograms to detect breast cancer, and prostate exams to detect prostate cancer.

Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to participate in Oral Cancer Awareness Month and  help raise public awareness about the importance of regular oral cancer screenings. Increased public awareness could result in more people seeking oral cancer screenings and consequently more dental practices actively screening patients for oral cancer.

There are over 100,000 dentists in the United States, and each of these dentists see a handful of patient everyday which means there are countless opportunities for early detection of oral cancers.  Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to provide oral cancer screenings and provide opportunities to detect oral cancer in its early stages and help save lives.

Dr. Gerald Adachi and the whole team at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry want you to be proactive about your health and give you peace of mind.  Don’t forget to schedule your oral cancer screening today and help us spread the word about the importance of early detection!
For more information or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Adachi, call Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry at (808) 670-3576 or visit us online!

Bad Breath? Try a Tongue Scraper

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Bad breath can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal, social and professional life.

In North America alone, consumers spend 2-3 billion dollars each year on mints, gums, and mouth rinses to try to make their breath “minty fresh.”

Bad breath (officially “halitosis”) can originate from a number of causes, but oral bacteria are the most common source. About 600 types of bacteria grow in the average person’s mouth.  If bacteria act on materials that have been trapped in your mouth, many of them produce unpleasant odors.

Most often, bad breath starts on the back of the tongue, the largest place in the mouth for a build-up of bacteria. In this area, bacteria can flourish on dead skin cells, remnants of food, and post-nasal drip.  As these bacteria grow and multiply they produce volatile sulfur compounds. These chemicals smell a lot like of rotten eggs – definitely not the hallmark of “fresh breath”!

In addition to bacteria on the tongue, halitosis may come from gum disease, tooth decay, or other dental problems. If you have chronic bad breath, it is imperative to have an oral care assessment and to treat any such problems that are found. Treating bacteria on the tongue without treating underlying periodontal disease will only temporarily cure bad breath.

Take control of tongue bacteria by brushing or scraping your tongue, with the possible addition of antiseptic mouth rinses. People who have bad breath have more coating on their tongues than those who don’t, and regularly cleaning the surface of the tongue has been demonstrated to reduce bad breath.

Tongue Scrapers have been designed specifically for the purpose of scraping or brushing the surface of the tongue. Using a toothbrush is not as effective as a tongue scraper.  A toothbrush is designed to clean the hard tooth surface, rather than the spongy surface of the tongue. To keep your breath fresh, you must regularly remove the coating from your tongue. Pick yourself up a tongue scraper or brush and use it every day – it will help keep your breath fresh, and you’ll probably find it will improve your sense of taste.

To learn more about Tongue Scrapers or Halitosis just ask Dr. Adachi at your next visit to Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu.  We’ll gladly help you to maximize your oral health and avoid the embarrassment of chronically bad breath.

5 Minutes to Healthier Gums

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We know you live a busy lifestyle, and you tend to rush in the morning. When you brush your teeth and floss in the morning, it’s not uncommon to forget about taking proper care of your gums! When’s the last time you thought about improving the health of your gums? Gums are a vital aspect of a healthy smile.

Unhealthy gums can cause several dental conditions that affect the overall health, look, and feel of your entire mouth. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a simple guide to healthier gums that will only take you 5 minutes each day.

 

Why are Healthy Gums Important?

Two words: gum disease! This annoying infection can affect your teeth and all the surrounding tissues in your mouth. Quite often adults will experience gum disease unknowingly, as it does not cause acute pain. However, untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss in adults.

If you notice any of these symptoms:

– Bleeding gums

– Red or swollen gums

– Bad breath that won’t go away

– Loose teeth

– Receding gum line

Speak with Dr. Adachi at Kaka’ako Cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu right away!

 

How To Improve Gum Health in 5 minutes a Day

1. Brush and floss two times per day, the most important time to brush is right before you go to bed each night.

2. Make sure you hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the gum line.

3. Move the brush back and forth in short, gentle strokes, brushing both the front and back of your teeth and gums.

4. Use the tip of the brush to get behind your front teeth.

5. Keep your mouth fresh and healthy by giving your tongue a few gentle brush strokes, brushing from the back of your tongue forward. Do not scrub. This helps remove bacteria and freshens your breath.

6. After brushing your teeth for two to three minutes, rinse your mouth with water.

7. Regular oral care consultations with your dentist!

The best way to prevent dental issues is by reserving regular oral care visits with Dr. Adachi at Honolulu’s Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry practice. We look forward to seeing you!