Signs you should visit your dentist

Regular visits to your dentist are very important to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Visiting your dentist can also help to prevent the development of potential dental complications. While making the recommended twice annual trip, the American Dental Association  has created a list of signs and symptoms that indicate an additional trip may be required:


Did you know…

The human mouth has one tongue, 32 teeth, and gums, which allows us to communicate (verbally and non-verbally) and gives us the ability to chew, swallow, and digest our food.

While it may seem simple, the Fresh Dental Care’s created a list of 25 facts about your mouth you probably didn’t know:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Are Veneers right for You?

The American Dental Association describes veneers as thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers are intended to correct stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth to obtain the perfect smile.



Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is the rhythmic clenching of the jaws and grinding of the teeth that may develop at any age.

Oral Hygiene Uncategorized

Finding the right Mouthwash for you

Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash in addition to twice per day brushing and flossing can be very beneficial to your teeth. This helps with cavity protection, bad breath management and more!

Oral Hygiene

Baby Teeth


Baby teeth are an important part of early human development and it is crucial to start infants off with good oral care in order to protect their future teeth. 

Oral Hygiene

Flossing 101

While brushing twice a day and making the twice annual visit to your dentist are recommended in order to maintain good oral health, the American Dental Association suggests adding interdental cleaners, such as floss, to the everyday oral hygiene routine.

Oral Hygiene

Best & Worst Foods for your Teeth

Although regularly brushing, flossing, and making the twice annual visit to the dentist are recommended for proper dental hygiene, for truly healthy teeth and gums,  attention should also be given to all food and drink that come in contact with your teeth. 

Oral Hygiene

A Guide to Brushing Teeth

Why do dentists recommend brushing your teeth for at least  2 minutes?

Emergency Dentist Kahala Mall

Emergency Dentist in Kahala Mall

If you are looking for an emergency dentist in Kahala Mall then contact Hawaii Dental – Kahala at (808) 735-7777. Our Kahala dental office provides emergency tooth services for both new and existing patients during any of our hours of operation. Some emergency dental facilities provide only limited care throughout the day. Our Kahala neighborhood dentistry clinic has a fully-staffed dental office will state-of-the-art equipment available for walk-in patients.

Emergency dental services are based on the specific needs of each patient. The Hawaii Dental Kahala dentists can provide root canals, tooth extractions, and more advanced treatment on a space-available basis. For patients who need more time to decide on definitive treatment or for patients on vacation who just need to survive until making it back home, our Kahala dental office can also provide limited evaluation and treatment services. Pulpal debridements, palliative dental care, and prescription medical services are all options for limited dental care needs.

Our emergency dental care in the Kahala neighborhood is conveniently located in the Kahala Office tower with plenty of free parking available throughout Kahala Mall. Although our Kahala dental office normally requires appointments for dental treatment, we do reserve time every day to see patients on an as-available basis. Feel free to walk-in to the office or call us at (808) 735-7777 to see about receiving emergency dental care today.

The Kahala dental office participates with most insurance plans as well as offering a variety of discount options and third-party financial services. Free consultations are available for all emergency patients needing information about their insurance or condition prior to receiving treatment.

Dental Insurance

Cigna Dentist in Hawaii

Cigna Dental has three different types of dental insurance for members nationwide. Of those three types, only one Cigna dental plan is normally offered to subscribers in the State of Hawaii.

Hawaii Dental Clinic offices have Cigna participating dentists in Hawaii for the main Cigna DPPO and Cigna DPPO Advantage dental insurance networks. While not every dentist accepts Cigna dental insurance, at least one dentist in each Hawaii Dental office will be a Cigna participating provider and offer the lowest allowable fees for dentistry in Hawaii.

If you are looking for a Cigna participating dentist in Hawaii then be sure to verify your dentist’s status with the Cigna network. Cigna has both an online website with integrated dentist finder as well as a toll-free customer service line with human staff who can provide assistance. Although many dental offices will claim they accept your insurance, only dentists and dental clinics that are participating providers with Cigna will give you the best service and lowest allowable fees.

Cigna offers an HMO network throughout many cities on the mainland United States. Cigna dental does not currently have HMO providers in Hawaii. You must have a PPO dental insurance plan with Cigna to receive benefits in Hawaii.

There are two different types of PPO dental insurance plans in Hawaii through Cigna. The basic plan, called Cigna DPPO, offers a lower level of coverage in return for cheaper monthly premiums. The premium plan, called Cigna DPPO Advantage, offers the best level of coverage in exchange for higher monthly premiums. Some Hawaii dental offices only participate with Cigna DPPO so be sure to look for an office that is registered as part of the Cigna DPPO Advantage network if you are interested in receiving the highest level of dental insurance coverage in Hawaii.

Hawaii Dental Clinic affiliated offices are all part of the Cigna DPPO Advantage network. Feel free to contact Cigna’s customer service staff or use the Cigna participating dentist finder website to verify the level of participation for your dentist in Hawaii.


Dentist in Waipahu

If you are looking for a dentist in Waipahu, please consider visiting our dental office: Hawaii Dental Clinic Waipahu is a full-service family dentistry office located in Waipahu Town Center at the intersection of Farrington Highway and Fort Weaver Road. As a residential suburban neighborhood, Waipahu does not have dozens of dentists like areas closer to the heart of town. So when you look for a dental office in Waipahu you want the convenience and comfort of a quality dentist who is located right in your area.

The Hawaii Dental Clinic Waipahu office offers plenty of free parking in the large parking lot at Waipahu Town Center. Since the mall is at the intersection of two main roads, it is easy to get to our office from anywhere in Waipahu or surrounding communities. The office is also on the ground floor facing the parking lot so you can get inside within a few seconds of parking your car in the free parking lot.

Residents of Waipahu have the option of driving into town to go to the dentist. Our group also has an office in Downtown Honolulu if you prefer to see a dental office in town. But if you prefer to go to a dentist close to your home then we would be happy to see you at our Waipahu dental location. The doctors, hygienists, and staff are part of the Waipahu community and our office has been in the same building for decades.

Please consider visiting Hawaii Dental Clinic Waipahu for all of your family dentistry needs if you are looking for a dentist in Waipahu.


United Healthcare Dual Complete Dentist in Hawaii

United Healthcare Dual Complete is a PPO dental insurance plan offered throughout the country. The United Healthcare Dual Complete dental insurance plan for Hawaii allows subscribers the opportunity to choose their own dentist with a different level of coverage for in-network versus out-of-network dentists.

Most of the dentists who are part of the Hawaii Dental Clinic group network participate with United Healthcare Dual Complete in Hawaii. Visiting an in-network participating provider means you will pay a lower price for care than if you visit a different office with only out-of-network dentists.

On example of the difference between a participating provider and a non-participating provider is the cost of an initial exam with xrays. If you have active coverage with United Healthcare Dual Complete in Hawaii:

• If you see one of the participating dentists at a Hawaii Dental Clinic, you will pay only sales tax for an initial comprehensive exam with xrays. Your out-of-pocket cost will be between $8 and $12 (depending on the type and quantity of xrays required).

• If you go to a different dental office without a participating dentist then you will pay up to $218 for your initial comprehensive exam with xrays.

The same difference applies to other procedures as well. Our experienced office staff can assist with you an estimate for the cost of service at your initial consultation appointment. If money is especially tight then you may want to request that Hawaii Dental Clinic administrative staff request a pre-authorization from your United Healthcare Dual Complete insurance plan. The pre-authorization is not legally-binding, but it does offer an assurance that your dental insurance company will cover at least a portion of the cost of services. For costly dental care the pre-authorization process allows you to schedule an appointment to get care while waiting for the insurance company to send written confirmation that they will pay for your services.

The pre-authorization process is a free service offered by Hawaii Dental Clinic to patients who have United Healthcare Dual Complete insurance in Hawaii.

More information about network participation is available through the United Healthcare Dual Complete website as well as through the “dentist finder” feature of United Healthcare [ed note: this link has been removed since the dentist finder website is currently offline]. The main United Healthcare website also has full details regarding coverage, benefits, maximums, and limitations.

As of 2018, the United Healthcare Dual Complete Hawaii plan offers coverage for most necessary dental care including cleanings, exams, xrays, extractions, and dentures. The plan requires a complicated process of pre-authorization for any dental work that is considered major. All of the Hawaii Dental Clinic offices will provide a free pre-authorization service for any United Healthcare Dual Complete dental patient. Call the closest dental office or stop in for more information regarding your dental insurance benefits.