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Like a facial or a deep tissue massage, professional teeth cleanings go a few levels deeper than the home version ever could. Now dental examimagine if skipping a regular facial or deep tissue massage could mean the difference between relaxed, supple, glowing skin, and inflamed, bacteria-riddled skin that would eventually fall off and need to be replaced. It may sound dramatic (or like an episode of the latest Ryan Murphy show), but unfortunately, the consequences of skipping professional oral health care can have equally severe consequences for the teeth, gums, and even general health.

Why are Professional Teeth Cleanings Necessary?

Even with a regular and diligent brushing and daily flossing routine at home, a toothbrush and floss alone won't remove all of the plaque and bacteria that build up between the teeth, and under the gum line. Just like the rest of the body, everyone's dental anatomy is different, and while some people may be able to get away with a professional dental cleaning once a year, others may need professional treatment and care more frequently to help prevent or reverse the effects of gum (periodontal) disease.

Kona, HI based dentist Dr. Garrett B.K. Oka advises his patients to plan for a regular oral health exam and professional cleaning once to twice a year. If additional treatments are necessary, your dentist can set up the appropriate treatment plan and schedule to achieve the best results.

Contact a Dentist in Kona, HI

It's never too late to start an oral health and treatment routine. Whether you brush and floss every day, or need to get back on track, a dental exam and professional cleaning are the best way to avoid cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. To learn more about your individual periodontal disease risk and to schedule an appointment for a cleaning, contact Dr. Garrett B.K. Oka at Sweet Tooth Dental in Kona today.

By Sweet Tooth Dental
December 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Visits  

Dental appointments can be something that many people put aside because of other obligations. However, this can be detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums. If you're wondering if you need to make an appointment with Dr. Garrett Oka, your Kona, Hawaii Dental visitisdentist, here are a few ways you can be sure that it's time to pick up the phone and call Sweet Tooth Dental:

Plaque buildup

Patients who feel the presence of plaque on their teeth often describe it to Dr. Oka, their Kona dentist, as being a slimy or even "fuzzy" sensation. This indicates that bacteria in the mouth has combined with carbohydrates - like those found in sugary or starchy foods - to create an acid that works to wear away the enamel of the teeth. It takes about 48 hours for plaque to harden into tartar, a chalky sediment that requires professional dental tools to remove. If you're not brushing, flossing or visiting your dentist regularly, you likely have plaque or tartar buildup and need to make an appointment with your Kona dentist as soon as possible to remove it.


Toothaches are often extremely uncomfortable, but many people ignore dental problems in hopes that they'll go away. Your Kona dentist, Dr. Garrett Oka, strongly advises against this. Allowing dental problems like cavities or abscesses to spread can result in serious infections in other parts of the body, and treatments can quickly become lengthy and expensive. Any ongoing pain originating in your teeth or gums warrants a visit to Sweet Tooth Dental.

Bottom line from your Kona dentist: if you think you need a dental appointment, or you can't remember the last time you visited the dentist, it's time to call Sweet Tooth Dental for an evaluation. Taking charge of your dental health is an important aspect of your overall well-being.