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    4 Reasons To Get Your Child To Your The Dentist

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    Did you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?

    For many parents in the San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay area, this may come as a surprise. Today in the Kenneth Hovden DDS post, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

    1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.

    2. One of the most important things your Pacifica or Half Moon Bay dentist will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.

    3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.

    4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children. Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

    If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

    I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden, of Daly City. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact my professional dental team at 650-763-8794.

    At Kenneth Hovden DDS we offer:

    restorative dentistry
    sleep apnea and snoring
    TMJ treatment
    Invisalign

    Thanks for reading!

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    Sleep Dentistry At Kenneth Hovden DDS

    Sleep Dentistry At Kenneth Hovden DDS

    Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some California residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Kenneth Hovden DDS we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

    Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

    According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

    In addition to sedation dentistry, at Kenneth Hovden DDS we offer our Daly City patients a variety of procedures, including restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring, TMJ treatment, Invisalign, and Lumineers.

    At Kenneth Hovden DDS, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the professional team at Kenneth Hovden DDS will give you something to smile about!

    For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 650-763-8794.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Kenneth Hovden DDS

    Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Kenneth Hovden DDSHello San Francisco dental blog visitors, welcome to the Kenneth Hovden DDS blog. I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden in Daly City.

    A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

    With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

    If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Daly City dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

    We are accepting new patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS and would love to serve you. At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we offer restorative dentistry, Invisalign, and Lumineers.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

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    In a perfect world, each of your precious teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most California men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.

    A tooth can be compromised by dental caries, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.

    Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

    Dental Bonding
    Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to repair minor cosmetic issues – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is generally the most reasonably-priced option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.

    Porcelain Veneers
    Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of cavities. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or fix the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

    Fillings
    Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Kenneth Hovden DDS leaves you with more of nature’s optimal dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

    Inlays and Onlays
    A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab, they are commonly called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are commonly smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

    Crowns
    A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, stability, and function. A crown is commonly needed for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with acute decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

    Soft Tissue Grafts
    Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to prevent further damage. Gum surgery is also executed for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

    Dental Implants
    What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Kenneth Hovden DDS patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the ideal solution. A tooth implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and beautiful crown. A dental implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, restrict bone recession, and do not affect the surrounding teeth. For patients with multiple missing teeth, custom-made implant-anchored dentures can be established in any configuration needed.

    For more specifics about any of these procedures, call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-763-8794. Thanks for visiting the Kenneth Hovden DDS blog. We appreciate your interest in our Daly City dental practice.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    Daly City Pediatric Dentistry

    Daly City Pediatric Dentistry Your Daly City child’s dental health is essential to overall health and vitality. At Kenneth Hovden DDS, our Daly City pediatric dentists love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your Daly City child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

    South San Francisco pediatric dental care is critical, and that is why we recommend bringing your Daly City child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss San Mateo County dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques and California orthodontics.

    South San Francisco children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that affect your child’s Daly City pediatric dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities. Call us immediately at 650-755-6000 if your child has a dental emergency or Daly City tooth injury.

    Our caring staff will make your child feel comfortable during their Daly City dental visit.

    In additional to offering experienced Daly City kid’s dentistry, we are also a full-service California dental clinic. We offer advice and care on lumineers, tooth implants, teeth whitening, bonding, and restorative dentistry.

    We hope to be your Daly City children’s dentist consultant.

    Kenneth Hovden DDS
    650-755-6000


    Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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    We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

    Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus necessary for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

    Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

    Extracted Teeth
    Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can impede bone recession.

    Gum Infection
    A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the harmful infection.

    Gum infections can progress undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

    Abscessed Tooth
    An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if needed.

    If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

    I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s consider your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further recession. Call 650-763-8794 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

    I pride myself in the personal attention and quality dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    When Mommy Is Scared Of The Dentist

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    If you are dreading some upcoming dental treatment, you may want to consider oral conscious sedation. First off, oral conscious sedation or sleep dentistry is perfectly safe. At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we have been providing sedation since 1981. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

    When choosing a type of sedation, it is helpful to consider the type of anxiety (fear of immobility, fear of loss of control, fear of pain, etc), the specific procedure(s) you will undergo, the length of time required to complete the treatment, past experiences during treatment, and any complicating health problems. Call 650-763-8794 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kenneth Hovden to discuss your options.

    Perhaps you have a dentist-wary child who needs treatment. For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing sensation. If your child requires more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are both safe options.

    Perhaps Mommy is the one who is anxious about her child undergoing dental work. Sorry – we can’t sedate you while your child is being treated – but you can take comfort in the fact that we take excellent care of our youngest patients. We make sure they are comfortable, relaxed, and understand exactly what is going to happen. Our team of child-friendly dental professionals have been putting children at ease since 1981.

    Regular dental check-ups are vital for your child’s lifelong oral health, so it is important that your child has a positive experience during dental visits. If possible, don’t let your child know that you have dental anxiety. If he/she already knows, explain why your fears are unreasonable and why you are having treatment regardless of your anxiety. Show them how brave Mommy is because she wants healthy teeth.

    Kenneth Hovden DDS offers full-service dental care including TMJ treatment, Lumineers, and restorative dentistry. Thanks for visiting our blog. Check back for more helpful dental information from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    Less Is More In Dentistry

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    There are valuable new developments in California dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of Dr. Kenneth Hovden and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

    Less Pain
    Improved painkillers, lasers, and revolutionary techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

    Less Inconvenience
    Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly shortened the time required to complete dental treatment.

    Less Time Needed To Heal
    Laser dentistry diminishes recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile redesigns, and other types of oral surgery.

    Less Risk
    The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

    Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
    Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

    Kenneth Hovden DDS, an esteemed local practice is located 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 in Daly City. We are currently accepting new San Francisco area patients to our state-of-the-art facility. We offer advanced general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about Invisalign, TMJ treatment, restorative dentistry and sleep apnea and snoring. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 650-763-8794 to schedule an exam, cleaning or consultation.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

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    Dental patients in the San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay areas know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

    Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied by your San Francisco dentist. This material is a resin that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

    Many Daly City residents might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can actually be beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, speak with your San Mateo, Pacifica, or Half Moon Bay dentist. This simple dental procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

    Many California dental insurance providers include dental sealants as a covered benefit, so check with your provider if you are considering them. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about financing options. Because they can prevent cavities, dental sealants can save you money in the long run.

    I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden, an experienced Daly City dentist. Thank you for visiting my dental blog. At our office we serve the San Francisco area by offering:

    restorative dentistry
    sleep apnea and snoring
    TMJ treatment
    Invisalign
    Lumineers

    If you have any questions about these or other cosmetic dental procedures, call us today at 650-763-8794 to schedule a consultation.  Our professional staff would be happy to assist you.

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


    How Much Do Dental Implants Cost In Daly City, California?

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    Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a straight answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

    I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden. Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be frustrating to look for the cost of getting a dental implant procedure done and finding nothing solid here on the internet. Let me take a moment to explain why most dental websites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

    1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
    The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists here in Daly City, California, want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a manageable consultation to review dental history, assess needs and determine a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants. See http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/services.php.

    2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
    While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the treatment plan won’t be what you thought it was going to be. If your heart is set on implants or if you’ve been told by others in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, or Pacifica that’s what you should get, we can help to explain the pros and cons of this path.

    3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

    A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can accurately calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current costs when you come in for a consultation.

    Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-763-8794 for more information.

    We offer comprehensive dental services including:

    TMJ treatment
    Lumineers
    restorative dentistry
    Invisalign
    sleep apnea and snoring

     

    Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

    650-763-8794

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    901 Campus Dr Ste 202
    Daly City, California
    94015

     


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