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- Trusted by more moms and referred by more patients than any other dental office in Hawaii since 1986
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- Offers every dental treatment from preventive care and dental emergencies to orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry
- Accessible in 11 convenient locations all over Hawaii with extended weekday and weekend hours
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Regularly brushing your teeth is a good habit that you must never stop.
Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are also helpful in preventing cavities from attacking your teeth.
But, these oral care practices may not be enough to rid your teeth and mouth of plaque and tartar completely.
Dental plaque is a deposit of bacteria that proliferate on the surfaces of the teeth and the mouth. It is often characterized as sticky and colorless that when unremoved, can harden and form into tartar.
Tartar, also known as calculus, is a result of the precipitation in plaque on the teeth of minerals from saliva, and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF), an inflammatory exuded substance accumulated at the gingival margin or inside the gingival crevice.
When plaque and tartar are not adequately removed, their progression and buildup can result in tooth decay, gum diseases, and other oral-related problems.
Through professional dental cleaning, dental plaque and oral irritants from the oral cavity are controlled and removed, preventing the worsening of dental issues and demineralization of the teeth.
A professional dental cleaning involves tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and debridement.
Tooth scaling, also known as deep cleaning or conventional periodontal therapy, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar, smoothening of the exposed roots, elimination of the cementum or dentine imbued with calculus, toxins, or microorganisms that cause inflammation.
Debridement also removes plaque and tartar accumulation. It is done with the use of ultrasonic instruments to fracture the calculus and periodontal scalers and curettes.
Tooth polishing rids the teeth of extrinsic stains, dental plaque, and reduces the corrosion of metallic restorations. This procedure is usually employed after debridement and before the application of fluoride.
Dental cleaning is often part of regular dental check-ups. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends at least biannual visits to the dentist for the maintenance of oral health.