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Tips for a Healthy Smile

A healthy smile can be yours if you practice good oral hygiene; however, according to Dr. Wynn Okuda from Honolulu’s most well known Cosmetic Dental Spa, there are some other things you can do to make your grin sparkle.

An Accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an advocate for preventive dental care, Dr. Okuda understands that problems in your mouth could be a sign that something else is going on. Research indicates that plaque buildup may increase your risk of heart disease or stroke. Gingivitis and periodontal disease can also by a sign that you are suffering from diabetes.

Below are a few tips recommended by Dr. Okuda:

Brushing-Be sure to brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle twice a day, even more if you have been consuming lots of sugar or starchy foods. Brush in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush for at least two minutes and don’t forget to brush your cheeks and your tongue.

Flossing-Everyone should floss once each day, and although most people floss after they brush the American Dental Association recommends that you floss before you brush. Flossing before you brush will help clear the debris that you may have missed if you floss after you brush. If you need to brush up on your flossing technique, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Okuda.

Eat your Vegetables-Eating veggies, celery is Mother Natures’ Dental Floss, will help remove food and keep your saliva neutralized. Choose foods that are nutritious including cheese, fruit, and plain yogurt. Limit your intake of sugary and starchy foods and keep the citrus fruits to a minimum.

Checkups-Regular dental visits help detect tooth decay and gum disease. If caught early enough all you may need is a small filling instead of a root canal. The same can be said for gum disease. Catch gingivitis early on and it is curable, however periodontal disease is not.

Early Detection-Ask Dr. Okuda to conduct an oral cancer screening. According to the American Cancer Society, regular oral cancer screenings can help detect lip, tongue, cheek, throat, and other types of oral cancer in the early stages. People who are diagnosed before the cancer has progressed have a higher success rate than those who have not.

If you would like more information regarding oral hygiene and a healthy smile, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wynn Okuda today.