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Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

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4 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy

You want your teeth to last a lifetime, but healthy teeth don’t happen by accident. That’s why at Kalaheo Dental Group, we recommend starting with good oral health habits young. The following four tips can help provide your child with dental success for the rest of their life.

Choose the Right Toothbrush

The bristle in your toothbrush can damage your enamel if it’s too hard. Children especially may put too much pressure with their strokes, so invest in a soft, comfortable toothbrush. Be sure that the toothbrush fits comfortably in your child’s mouth and switch it out every six months or after an illness. 

Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoridated toothpaste prevents cavities and cleans teeth ...

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Dental Cleanings: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Next Appointment

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Is it time for your next dental cleaning, but you just can’t find time in your day to schedule an appointment? Are you tempted to skip the cleaning because your teeth don’t hurt and you brush and floss well anyway?

New patients at our Kalaheo dental office sometimes think that these six-month exams and dental cleanings aren’t necessary, but that’s not the case. And if you skip too many of these appointments, you may develop oral health problems that can cause discomfort and lead to the need for further treatment.

Why Preventive Dental Cleanings Are Essential

The American Dental Association recommends preventive cleaning appointments every six months for a reason. When ...

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Getting a Dental Cleaning? 4 Questions Worth Asking

Questions to ask for a Dental Cleaning | Kalaheo, HI

Your routine dental cleanings in Kalaheo support your oral hygiene efforts and are an essential part of keeping your family’s smiles healthy.

But you should also view these appointments as an opportunity to talk to your dental hygienist about your oral hygiene routine and see if there’s room for improvement. 

Before your next dental cleaning, consider asking these four basic questions as well as any of your own. Your hygienist is the expert in oral hygiene, so Don’t ever hesitate to let them know what’s on your mind! 

#1 Am I Brushing Properly?

If you already brush conscientiously, it’s a good idea to check in with your dental hygienist periodically to see how ...

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3 Easy Solutions for Bad Breath

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Have bad breath that won’t go away? The problem may be more than the type of foods you eat, so today we’re going to share some tips for keeping your breath clean and fresh.

We all experience bad breath occasionally, which is usually the result of eating smelly foods like garlic and onions. This can be embarrassing, but it’s not a big deal; you pop a breath mint or sugarless gum, brush as soon as you get home, and that’s it.

But if you experience bad breath that just won’t go away, you might need to be more proactive than just gargling with mouthwash every day.

Remember to Brush Your Tongue

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Why It’s Probably Time to Trade in Your Toothbrush

Toothbrush | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

You probably don’t give a lot of thought to your toothbrush until you notice the bristles getting frayed or flattened out. Then you go to the drugstore, pick up a new one and go home and place it in the cute family toothbrush mug on the counter in your bathroom.

What's Wrong with This Picture?

There are so many things wrong with this scenario, let’s start at the top. 

First, your toothbrush shouldn’t be like a pair of shoes you break in and wear forever because they’re comfortable. A worn or frayed toothbrush isn’t doing much to clean your teeth properly, wasting a lot of your effort. But it gets worse.

Your mouth harbors ...

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Dental X-Rays and Why You Need Them

Dental X-Rays | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Most of us have become more health conscious in the past few decades; we tend to exercise more, make better food choices, and try to stay informed about things that affect our general health and well-being.

As part of our new awareness, many of us have concerns about the frequency of x-rays. Even though the level of radiation in an x-ray is quite low, the truth is that dental professionals have the same concerns you do.

How Dentists Use X-Rays

But dental x-rays have been in use since the 1950s and are an invaluable diagnostic tool. While they help us find cavities, there are actually many other conditions your dentist looks for with ...

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Thinking of Skipping Your Dental Exam? Here's Why That's a Bad Idea

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A beautiful smile can open a lot of doors in business and social situations because when you look good, you feel good about yourself, and your confidence shows. But when your teeth are not healthy, you may feel so self-conscious that you don’t want to smile at all.

You Can Enjoy a Healthier Smile

It’s not necessary to live day to day feeling uncomfortable with your appearance. More importantly, numerous studies have found that the health of your mouth can have a direct impact on your bodily health. If your oral health is good, your overall health is most likely good. Likewise, if you suffer from chronic dental problems, your overall health ...

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