Dr. John Ha DDS and the team at Honolulu Smile Design are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients in Honolulu HI and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, laser, preventive and restorative dentistry.
Water flossing is a way to clean between and around your teeth. A water flosser is a handheld device that sprays streams of water in steady pulses. The water, like traditional floss, removes food from between teeth.
Water flossers that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance have been tested to be safe and effective at removing a sticky film called plaque, which puts you at a higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Water flossers with the ADA Seal can also help reduce gingivitis, the early form of gum disease, throughout your mouth and between your teeth. Get a list of all ADA-Accepted water flossers.
Water flossers can be an option for people who have trouble flossing by hand. People who have had dental work that makes flossing difficult—like braces, or permanent or fixed bridges—also might try water flossers.
Below is an excerpt from an article found oncolgate.com
Medical procedures are sometimes necessary to maintain your health, including oral health. Anesthesia is inherent to more involved procedures, whether it's knee surgery or filling an advanced cavity, and when properly administered, it isn't a point of concern. But some people do suffer from dental anesthesia side effects. Here's a look into anesthesia and why some patients don't respond as well to it.
There are two types of anesthesia: local and general. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) defines local anesthesia as "the temporary loss of sensation including pain in one part of the body produced by a topically-applied or injected agent without depressing the level of consciousness." In effect, your dentist simply desensitizes a portion of your mouth by injecting medicine into the gum or inner cheek; you can stay awake for this process. General anesthesia, according to Aetna, sedates you for an extended period of time, and an air tube allows you to breathe while you're asleep.
Although the term can be misleading, general anesthesia has a much more specific role to your comfort during a procedure, and is administered by a trained professional such as an oral-maxillofacial surgeon or medical anesthesiologist. Local (or regional) anesthesia is used for much simpler types of treatment, wherein your needs are minor enough that your bodily state can remain the same.
Procedures Requiring Anesthesia
Unfortunately, not all trips to the dentist are as easy as a routine cleaning so check before booking your next appointment. Tooth extraction is one of the most common processes necessitating anesthesia. When a tooth that has become decayed needs to be removed, the doctor anesthetizes the area of your mouth surrounding that tooth. Wisdom teeth are another common cause for anesthezed removal, usually due to impaction or simply not having enough room to erupt.
Although root canals have become much easier over the years, they are another example of when an anesthesia is necessary. When a tooth's pulp becomes damaged or diseased, the part of the tooth that houses the pulp needs to be removed and sealed, thereby saving the tooth from extraction. Probably the most common need for anesthesia, however, is in the filling of a cavity. A filling is required when a small section of your tooth succumbs to decay, creating a small area that the dentist will remove the decay and fill the cavity.
Dental Anesthesia Side Effects
Side effects from a local anesthesia are few and far between, but they do occasionally arise. Numbness felt beyond the affected part of the mouth is a very common one. Following a local injection to your gums, for example, the medicine can cause your eyelid or cheek muscles to droop. After the anesthesia wears off, this numbness dissipates. Here are a few more:
Unable to blink – If you can't blink one of your eyes, your dentist can tape it shut until the numbness ceases so that it doesn't dry out.
Hematoma – Described as a blood-filled swelling, this can happen if the needle strikes a blood vessel upon injection.
Racing heart beat – The vasoconstrictor drug in the anesthesia can increase your heart beat for a minute or two. Be sure to mention this to your doctor if you notice it.
The best way to avoid any dental anesthesia side effects is to lower your risk of issues that warrant a desensitizing solution. A good way to achieve that goal is by using a toothpaste such as Colgate TotalSF Advanced Deep Clean. Brushing, flossing and a healthy diet are all keys to keeping a healthy mouth. Of course, make sure you schedule your regular dental checkup, too.
What does ringing in the new year have to do with being mouth healthy?
More than you may think. Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months? Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective at cleaning your teeth. That means, celebrating the new year with a brand new toothbrush is actually smart dental hygiene.
Here are MouthHealthy resolutions:
Start brushing 2min2x. Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.
Below is an excerpt from an article found on colgate.com
How Do I Look for a Dentist?
A good place to start is by asking for a referral from people you trust — your friends, family, acquaintances, work associates, pharmacist or family doctor. Ask them how long they've gone to their dentist, how comfortable they feel asking questions, what type of dentist they go to (general or specialist). It is important that you find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable.
Other ways to find a dentist include:
Calling your local dental society for a list of recommended dentists in your area. Your local dental society can be found in the Yellow Pages under "dentist."
Searching online for dentists in your area. More and more dentists have websites explaining their approach and treatment methods.
What Kind of Dentist Should I Look for?
General dentists are trained to do all types of treatment. If you have difficult or unusual problems, your dentist may refer you to one of the following specialists:
Pediatric Dentists/Pedodontists specialize in pediatric (children's) dentistry.
Endodontists diagnose and treat diseased tooth pulp and perform root canal work (many general dentists also perform root canals).
Prosthodontists specialize in crowns, bridges and dentures.
Oral pathologists use laboratory procedures to diagnose diseases of the mouth. They also specialize in forensic dentistry.
Oral/Maxillofacial surgeons perform surgical treatments, such as removing cysts, tumors and teeth. They can correct fractures or other jaw problems that require surgery, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ). They also use methods similar to those of plastic surgery to treat cosmetic problems of the jaw and face.
Orthodontists correct improperly positioned teeth, using braces and other appliances to move teeth into a better position.
Periodontists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.
How do You Become a Practicing Dentist?
A general practitioner or specialist can be degreed as either a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine), depending on the school from which he/she graduated. The requirements for each degree are identical: four years of post-graduate study for general practice plus one to two years of advanced study for a particular specialty. A graduate must then pass a state licensing examination in order to begin practice.
Calcium And Vitamin C Promote Oral Health Eating
a variety of nutritious food is good for your overall health, including
your oral health. Some vitamins in particular have demonstrated
benefits to building healthy teeth, namely calcium and vitamin C, so be
sure to include foods rich in these nutrients in your diet. Calcium has
been shown to help build strong teeth, and vitamin C is a powerful
antioxidant that also plays an important role in collagen synthesis, by
which it helps you develop and maintain healthy gums.
products, including milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of
calcium. Many physicians recommend 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium
daily for most adults, so you may want to consider a calcium supplement,
especially if dairy products aren’t a regular part of your diet. Also,
try switching to low-sugar or sugar-free varieties of yogurt, since
sugar (and bacteria) can promote tooth decay.
Vitamin C: Many
fruits and vegetables including berries, oranges and cantaloupe, as
well as green vegetables including broccoli and spinach are excellent
sources of vitamin C.
course, in addition to eating right, it’s important to follow a
consistent dental care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily
flossing to promote oral health. And be sure to see your dental
professional regularly and talk to them if you have questions about how
your diet might affect your oral health. The above article is from: OralB.com Honolulu Smile Design John Ha, DDS 1481 S. King Street, Suite 303 Honolulu, HI 96814 (808) 941-2088 HonoluluSmileDesign.com
The Cost Of Dental Treatments If
you develop complications from tooth decay and gum disease, you may be
dealing with bills for anything from fillings or crowns to more costly
and complicated procedures such as root canals or oral surgery to
extract damaged teeth and place dental implants. The Costs Vary The
costs of dental treatments vary. For example, the cost of a root canal
will depend on the location of the tooth and how many canals are in the
tooth that needs the root canal treatment. The Cost of Oral Hygiene By
comparison, the cost of basic oral hygiene and preventive teeth
cleaning is low. A toothbrush should be replaced every three months or
when it appears worn, but that’s just a few dollars. The same goes for
dental floss, whether you prefer specialized floss, such as Oral-B’s
Ultra Floss, or standard floss. Points To Remember Also,
don’t forget that most dental plans cover at least one, and sometimes
two, checkups and cleanings per year at little or no cost to you. It’s
better to make and keep those appointments, even if you don’t think you
have problems with your teeth or oral hygiene, in order to identify and
manage potential problems before costly care is required. Remember that
your dentist is your partner in oral health, and be sure to keep him or
her informed about medications you take and changes in your overall
health so your oral hygiene can be tailored accordingly to maximize your
health benefits. Some types of medications (including anti-depressants
and some heart medications) increase your risk for gingivitis, so be
sure to let your dentist know if you start taking any new medication,
even if you don’t think it will affect your oral health. The above article is from: OralB.com Honolulu Smile Design John Ha, DDS 1481 S. King Street, Suite 303 Honolulu, HI 96814 (808) 941-2088 HonoluluSmileDesign.com
are thin shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover
the front side of teeth. Unlike bonding, it is necessary to remove a
small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Based
on a model of your mouth, they are meant to look like your natural
teeth. The above article is from: MouthHealthy.org