Hawaii Family Dental continues to tap on people’s consciousness on the importance of proper and diligent oral hygiene, fluoride treatment, and dental visits to reduce the prevalence of cavities that have been plaguing Hawaii’s keiki.
According to the oral health report of the State Health Department in 2016, 71 percent of third-grade children suffer from dental cavities. This figure is higher than the 52 percent national average and the highest in the United States.
Despite the alarming number of tooth decay cases, the state remains adamant on water fluoridation. In fact, only 11 percent of the community waters is fluoridated. Unfortunately, Hawaii is the least-fluoridated state in the country. With this low fluoridation percentage, less than 160,000 residents out of the over 1,419,000 people enjoy the advantages of fluoridated water.
In an interview with Living808, Dr. Karen Sheppard of Hawaii Family Dental emphasizes the need to diligently practice proper oral care, starting with the basics of brushing and flossing every day. She also stresses the importance of dental visits and getting fluoride treatment.
“You need to brush every day [and] floss every day. You ought to see your dentist twice a year. On top of that, we need to make sure they get their fluoride because fluoride is not in the water in the state of Hawaii,” Dr. Sheppard says.
The American Dental Association recommends people to visit the dentist at least twice a year for preventive care. Biannual dental visits include teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment. Through a dental visit, your dentist can check and address oral health problems as soon as possible.
However, 22 percent of American adults forgo dental care due to fear. According to Dr. Sheppard, the fear may stem from traumatic childhood memories in the dental office. Although, the fear may also come from hearing people’s bad experiences with dentists.
“What happens is you come into the office, and you may have heard sounds that you remember. It immediately brings back memories,” Dr. Sheppard adds. Fortunately, Hawaii Family Dental has ways to help patients relax and soothe their anxiety for a more comfortable dental visit.
Moreover, dental visits in Hawaii have been made convenient with Hawaii Family Dental’s 12 locations all over the state — Mililani, Honolulu, Downtown Honolulu, Ewa Beach, Aiea, Kaneohe, Kailua Kona, Hilo, Lihue, Kahului, Queen Kaahumanu Center, and Kihei.
It is the largest dental group with its 300 dental professionals. Additionally, it is the only dental office offering all specialties. Specialities at Hawaii Family Dental include Pediatric Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
About Hawaii Family Dental
Hawaii Family Dental was founded by HMSA, the state’s largest health insurance company in 1986. Local entrepreneur and endodontist Dr. Gary Kondo purchased Hawaii Family Dental in 1999. At the same time, Dr. Kondo founded Hawaii’s largest discount dental program.
Today, we serve over 60,000 patients and are the most-referred dental group in Hawaii. We have expanded our discount dental plan and offer the best financing in Hawaii. Likewise, we continue to find innovative ways to make dental care accessible by all.
Honolulu Magazine has designated our dentists as “Best Dentists in Hawaii” three times more than the next largest dental group. Our 12 locations have convenient weekday and weekend hours, free parking, and a team that genuinely wants what is best for you.