Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

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Invisalign is the Adult Alternative to Metal Braces

Invisalign clear braces

Are you an adult who wants to straighten your teeth but have too much going on in your life to deal with metal braces? Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is an excellent alternative because the system is designed with your busy adult lifestyle in mind.

Benefits of Invisalign Compared to Metal Braces

There are numerous benefits to choosing Invisalign over metal braces:

  • Won’t mar your smile – Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses crystal clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth similar to a mouth guard. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
  • Comfortable to wear – Since the aligners are smooth plastic, there are no metal brackets and wires to ...

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3 Easy Solutions for Bad Breath

Glass of water

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

Sounds crazy, but ...

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We're Out And About!

Our staff recently provided oral health presentations to the West Kauai Rotary Club and Boys and Girls Club Waimea Clubhouse. We would love to visit your school or community group. Presentations are customized depending on the topic the audience would like to hear, length of time available, and number of attendees. We come to your location with entertaining, fun, and helpful tips to keep your audience’s oral health up to par – and we bring goodies!  If you are interested in a presentation, email us today.

 

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Considering an Implant to Improve Your Quality of Life? What a New Study Has to Say

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Millions of people are affected by tooth loss; some estimates say that over 100 million people are missing at least one tooth and more than 36 million have no teeth.

Full and partial dentures have long been the go-to treatment for missing teeth, but today we also have dental implants, a tooth replacement option that is most like your natural teeth. Since the implant post is rooted in your jaw, whatever restoration that’s attached – crown, bridge, or dentures – is held securely in place.

Dental Implants and Quality of Life

Knowing you’re one of the millions dealing with tooth loss doesn’t offer much comfort when day in and day out you deal ...

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Why It’s Probably Time to Trade in Your Toothbrush

Toothbrush

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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5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Are So Popular

While you may have only recently heard about dental implants, you may know they’re innovative, but they’re not new. The first implant was placed in 1965, which means they have been in use for over 50 years! In that time, millions of patients have enjoyed their benefits to the point that they’re now referred to as the “gold standard” for tooth replacement.

What Is A Dental Implant?

First, it's helpful to understand what implants are and how they work. The easiest way to think of implants is that they replace your entire tooth, from root to crown. A small titanium post is placed in the jaw and allowed to heal and integrate ...

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Dental X-Rays and Why You Need Them

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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