Regular dental checkups, twice a day brushing, once a day flossing, average diet and good overall health and yet I still get cavities and gum problems? "Preventive" dental care can be confusing. We enjoy recommending "defensive" care and our team is here to help our patients adjust their game plans based on specific needs.
Some people can brush once a day and floss every few days and be healthy. Others may need to brush four times a day and floss twice a day to be healthy. Home care, diet, age, genetics, lifestyle, habits, profession, gender, medications, hobbies, medical history including cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, acid reflux, diabetes and smoking can all affect our oral health. We do our best to take these variables into account when helping our patients develop a strategy to defend against oral health problems.
Hawaii remains the nation's worst childhood tooth decay state, and gum disease continues to affect nearly 50% of american adults. But tooth wear and tooth sensitivity seems to be on a dramatic rise in our population. We are fortunate to have forged a close relationship with a leader in research and development of sensitivity and dry mouth products. They periodically educate our team on the abrasiveness of dental products on the markets as well as the aciditiy of common food and drinks - even bottled waters can be acidic! We are happy to pass on this education to our patients along with product samples that are very effective at alleviating symptoms.
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