1314 S. King Street Suite 418
Honolulu, HI 96814

Plaque
 

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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Oral Hygiene/Health 2020 emphasis is on keeping our mouths more basic (higher ph), good salivary flow and encouraging a shift in oral flora (bacteria) to the "good guys" (non disease causing bacteria). At your next telephone follow-up appointment, Dr. Chin will review your oral home care program. Updated suggestions may include regular use of remineralization pastes; diet- arginine rich foods (see videos below), xylitol (amount and timing important), basic chews; tooth varnishes, non alcohol mouthrinses, mouth sprays, mouth gels. Healthy mouths help us have healthy bodies!

 

Emphasis on oral health and relationship to whole body health is a of primary importance to Dr. Chin and team and include a lifestlye and habits as below:

  • EXCELLENT oral health
  • REGULAR oral home care program
  • BALANCED diet
  • REGULAR SLEEPing habits (at least 7-9 hours nightly), have routine, put technology 'to bed", have dinner as early as able.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT - breathing, meditation
  • ENJOY life with loved ones- keep connected, savour meals together.
  • FOREVER STUDENT- learn something new everyday!
  • Regular EXERCISE
  • SPIRITUAL WELL BEING- gratitude journal, prayer.

 

Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums after eating foods that produce acids. These foods may include carbohydrates (starches and sugars), such as candy and cookies, and starchy foods such as bread, crackers, and cereal.

Tooth decay, commonly known as cavities, occurs when plaque remains on your teeth for an extended period of time, allowing the bacteria to ‘eat away’ at the surfaces of your teeth and gums.  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria.

Plaque can lead to gum irritation, soreness, and redness. Sometimes, your gums may begin to bleed as a result of plaque. This gradual degeneration can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. This condition is called receding gums.

Long-term plaque can lead to serious problems. Sometimes, the bacteria can form pockets of disease around tooth structures, eventually destroying the bone beneath the tooth.


Contact Us

Angela M.A. Chin, DMD, FAGD
1314 S. King Street Suite 418
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 488-8577
Fax: (808) 488-8578