Patient Education Is A Priority At Kenneth Hovden DDS

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Hi. My name is Dr. Kenneth Hovden. I have enjoyed serving the Daly City and San Francisco areas since 1981. One of the things that I pride myself on is giving my patients the oral health education they need to have a healthy smile.

Here at Kenneth Hovden DDS we know that optimal dental health depends on good habits, so we want you to have all the information you need to practice those habits.

When my patients are in need of a dental procedure such as a filling or a crown, we take the time to explain the treatment and why it needs to be done. We also explain how to care for your teeth post-procedure.

In addition to having healthy teeth and gums, I also want my San Francisco dental patients to have the beautiful smile they deserve. That’s why I also work to make my patients aware of the many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures that are available in and around Daly City. Procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers are simple, but can have amazing results.

If you are in the Daly City area and are looking for a highly skilled dentist with experience as well as superior communication skills, give us a call here at 650-763-8794. We can answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants or complete smile makeovers. Some of the most popular procedures done in our office are:

 

restorative dentistry
sleep apnea and snoring
TMJ treatment
Invisalign

Call us today to book an appointment!

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Floss picks vs regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Dr. Hovden recommends traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small segment of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight length of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used correctly. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more efficiently clean that essential area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more agile than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are dutiful floss pick users who developed decay due to a a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a review on appropriate flossing:

  • Cut a section of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  • Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss firmly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to deliver a clean piece for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
  • Some people find it easier to begin on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you elect, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding commonly stops within a week or two.

 

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Fluoride Treatments: Not Just For Kids

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You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” “Fluoride toothpaste” is ubiquitous for good reason.

Fluoride is an important mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. It is found in some foods and water and makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Fluoride helps teeth by making them stronger and more resistant to the dangerous acid that is formed by bacteria. Dr. Kenneth Hovden may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. The fluoride is applied directly to teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over your teeth. The tray is kept in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a quick and painless way to strengthen your teeth and keep an attractive smile.

While many Kenneth Hovden DDS patients understand the importance of fluoride treatments in fortifying developing teeth in children, some do not realize the importance of fluoride for adults. For this reason, fluoride treatments are sometimes recommended to adults who are susceptible to enamel wear or dental cavities.

If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, meet with Dr. Hovden about fluoride supplements. Dr. Hovden will let you know if they are necessary and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s counsel. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis which discolors teeth and, ironically, can make teeth more susceptible to dental caries.

A factor that impacts the amount of fluoride your kids are receiving is where you get your drinking water. Your children may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated California municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to consider supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands sold in the San Francisco area do not contain fluoride.

If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, meet with Dr. Hovden about dental sealants. They have proven to be very effective at protecting the rear molars from tooth decay.

Dr. Hovden is passionate about preventative dentistry with important twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings that may include a fluoride treatment. Call 650-763-8794 to book an exam and cleaning and be on your way to a healthy, pleasing smile!

Kenneth Hovden DDS is located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 in Daly City. We provide trusted dental care with a comprehensive menu of general and cosmetic dental services including restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring and teeth whitening.

Kenneth Hovden is a member of the American Dental Association. You can learn more about American Dental Association at http://www.ada.org/.

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Daly City, California drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

Many folks in the Daly City area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two important habits that have the greatest affect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash required?

I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same benefit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the trouble. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the trouble because they can cause dry mouth – a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are ordinarily more effective for freshening breath. These products are usually called fluoride rinses.

If you have chronic bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to find out the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, pick a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

Thank you for visiting the Daly City dental blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, Kenneth Hovden DDS, provides quality dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 650-763-8794. A member of my professional staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

 

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 


What Is Lurking Under Your Gumline?

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Hello Daly City residents! Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth and scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth – even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause problems with the parts you can’t see.

I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS. My staff and I promote preventative dentistry by working with our patients of all ages to establish essential oral hygiene habits.

If you haven’t had a check-up in a while, or are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call Kenneth Hovden DDS today at 650-763-8794 to schedule a thorough tooth and gum examination in Daly City.
During your exam, Hovden Kenneth will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide full general and cosmetic dental services including restorative dentistry and sleep apnea and snoring. If you have healthy teeth and gums but want to brighten your smile, ask us about teeth bleaching in Daly City.

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, CA
94015

 


Swollen Gums?

If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Kenneth Hovden DDS

If you are a worried Daly City resident experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone.

About one third of U.S. adults are affected by tooth decay, according to the CDC, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40.1 Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Kenneth Hovden DDS today at 650-763-8794 for immediate treatment.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS we take gum disease, sometimes called gingivitis, seriously because left untreated it can lead to loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. You will know you have it if your gums bleed easily and look red and swollen. If this condition is not reversed it can lead to periodontitis. With this condition your gums become loose and separate from the teeth forming cavities that can become infected. This can spread to the bone supporting the tooth. If this is damaged, the tooth can be lost. (If you have already lost a tooth to gum disease, ask us about dental implants.)

At Kenneth Hovden DDS we recommend daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings to help combat gingivitis. Our team has been treating gum disease and other dental problems for California patients since 1981.

If you want your teeth to feel fresh and bright, come in for a cleaning and check-up. Don’t become a statistic, prevent gingivitis by treating your teeth and gums with the TLC they deserve. (After all, they work pretty hard for you day in and day out.)

My name is Kenneth Hovden and my staff and I at Kenneth Hovden DDS offer quality general and cosmetic dental services including restorative dentistry , sleep apnea and snoring, and
TMJ treatment.

Take care of your beautiful smile by calling Kenneth Hovden DDS today. —

1“Adult Oral Health,” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/topics/adult.htm, accessed on January 7, 2012

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, CA
94015

 


What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

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During routine dental examinations, your dentist may look for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer refers to cancers in the tongue, mouth, lips, jaw, and throat. Many Daly City dental patients don’t realize the seriousness of oral cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 39,000 people will get oral cancer this year.1

Consider this sobering news from the Oral Cancer Foundation:
“The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).”2

When your dentist performs an oral cancer screening during your dental examination, he/she will look for red or white spots, bleeding, lumps, difficulty swallowing, loose teeth, any color changes, and mouth sores. Is is vital to tell your dentist if your bite has changed, if you have sores that won’t heal, and prolonged hoarseness. An earache in only one ear can also be an indicator.

The existence of any of these symptoms does not mean you have oral cancer, as they can be caused by any number of other conditions. However, if your dentist does discover something unusual, he/she may order additional tests or refer you to a medical doctor for further diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

It’s probably no surprise that the main risk factor for oral cancer is tobacco use. This includes all forms, not just cigarettes. Those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are also more likely to contract this deadly cancer. People with HPV, a sexually-transmitted virus, have a higher risk and prolonged sun exposure to lips makes lip cancer more likely. All of these previously mentioned factors are lifestyle-related and, to a great extent, preventable. People who don’t use tobacco or drink heavily are statistically far less likely to get oral cancer and a host of other health problems.

For more information about oral cancer screening, contact Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000. If you are looking for an experienced dentist who provides comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kenneth Hovden. Dr. Hovden has been serving the Daly City area since 1981.

1“Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer,” The American Cancer Society, January 6, 2015, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/oralcavityandoropharyngealcancer/detailedguide/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer-key-statistics, accessed on January 9, 2015.

2“Oral Cancer Facts,” http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/, accessed on January 9, 2015


What Does Your Daly City Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, all Daly City, residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also important that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell your Daly City dentist about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should also talk to your dentist about the practice. Your dentist might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

Moreover, let your dentist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with your dentist. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check-up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many dentists in the San Francisco area combine multiple procedures to give you a total smile transformation. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

Hello. I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS. At my Daly City dental practice, we offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dental care including; restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring, and TMJ treatment

Thank you for visiting our dental blog. Please contact us today for all your dental needs!


 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, CA
94015

 


Tonsil Stones: Daly City’s Questions Answered

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Hi, my name is Dr. Kenneth Hovden and I am a cosmetic dentist with a full-service practice in Daly City. Today in the Daly City dental blog I would like to address the subject of tonsil stones. The first thing that San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay dental patients usually ask about tonsil stones is, “What in the world are tonsil stones?”

Before we answer that, let’s review what the tonsils are. Your tonsils sit in the back of your throat. They are gland-like and there is one tonsil located in each pocket on either side of the back of your throat. Tonsils are made of the infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but tonsils aren’t really that great at their job of germ killing.

Tonsils have many areas where dead cells, mucous, and bacteria can become trapped. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur in the pockets. Once it hardens, it becomes a tonsil stone.

It is rare for these tonsil stones to become large and cause problems, but if they do, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Swelling of tonsils

It’s important to discuss treatment with your Daly City dentist or doctor. The only sure-fire way to avoid tonsil stones is to have the tonsils completely removed, but very few cases become this serious.

Thank you for visiting my dental blog. I am passionate about the oral health of my Daly City area patients. I also want them to have the beautiful smiles that they desire, that’s why I love to discuss with them the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, invisible braces, dental bonding, and dental implants.

For general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry, call 650-763-8794 today to schedule an appointment with us!

Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
650-763-8794

The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Tonsil Stones”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention, accessed on September 11, 2013


Beware Of Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Pacifica We advise our Pacifica dental patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Pacifica grocery stores and San Mateo school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Pacifica markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 650-763-8794. If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for a pediatric oral examination and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 in Daly City.

 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, CA
94015