Wade Takenishi, DDS Answers 5 Common Dental Care Questions

As one of Oahu’s best dentists, Wade Takenishi, DDS is a friendly educational resource for families interested in improving their dental health and hygiene. From concerns about daily dental hygiene regimens to the details of intensive periodontal, root planning, scaling, and extraction procedures, Dr. Takenishi is happy to keep patients informed in every aspect of their oral health and answer any questions they may have.

Wade Takenishi, DDS shares the five most common dental care questions he receives at his dental practice:

  1. Why is flossing so important?
    A toothbrush alone cannot clean all areas of the mouth. By regularly using dental floss to rid the areas between the teeth of plaque and food debris, you can make your gums healthier, your teeth whiter, and your breath fresher! Flossing is the best way to prevent periodontal disease.
  2. What causes tooth loss?
    The biggest contributor to tooth loss is tooth decay and periodontal disease. Unhealthy and diseased gums is the general cause of tooth loss for adults.
  3. How does plaque impact my dental health?
    Plaque builds up as a result of negligent flossing and brushing habits. Over time, plaque hardens in tartar, which irritates the gums and causes gingivitis, the early form of periodontal disease. If not taken care of early, plaque will eventually destroy the gums and bones that support the teeth. This will not only impact your dental health, but the health of your cardiovascular system as well!
  4. Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?
    Both are equally effective if used correctly. For those with sensitive gums who are prone to gingivitis, switching to an electric toothbrush is the best way to clean your teeth without causing abrasive damage to the gums.
  5. What is the best type of toothpaste to use?
    It depends on your preference and individual needs. There are toothpastes specially designed for whitening, sensitive teeth, and other dental concerns. For your overall oral health, fluoride-enriched toothpaste is ideal.