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

 


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

 


Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately, Pacifica?

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Your San Francisco, San Mateo, or Half Moon Bay dental practice would be a very different place if it weren’t for the competent dental assistants who work there. Today in the Daly City, California dental blog we would like to highlight the importance of these hard workers who are often taken for granted.

Pacifica dental assistants make your dental appointment much more effective, efficient, and safe. You, the patient, are prepared for treatment by dental assistants and, during procedures (such as filling cavities or teeth whitening) the assistants speed things along by passing instruments, holding devices, and recording information.

Most Pacifica cosmetic dental patients would agree that anyone who helps to shorten their time in the dental chair is a person who deserves thanks!

Keeping the dental office clean and sterilizing instruments are other indispensable responsibilities taken on by dental assistants. What would we do without them?

My name is Kenneth Hovden. I am a cosmetic dentist who has been serving the San Francisco area since 1981. The dental assistants at my practice, Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, are world-class, along with the rest of our professional staff.

If you are looking for dental care in Daly City, San Mateo, Pacifica, or Half Moon Bay, please give us a call at 650-763-8794. We can discuss your dental care needs as well as any cosmetic dentistry procedures you might be interested in, such as veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, or an extreme smile makeover.

Contact us today!

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


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

 


Relax In Comfort & Style At Kenneth Hovden DDS In Daly City

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Thank you for visiting the Kenneth Hovden DDS dental blog. Today, I’d like to consider an important but often-overlooked feature in our practice: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Daly City furniture store?

Dental chairs were developed especially for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. Dentists throughout the known world are pleased with the recent innovations in seat technology.

Kenneth Hovden DDS at Kenneth Hovden DDS has been leaning over patients since 1981. The adjustable seat has saved Dr. Hovden from discomfort as services are rendered such as Invisalign and sleep apnea and snoring treatment.

Daly City patients have been lying back in Kenneth Hovden DDS’s cutting-edge seats since 1981. The cushioned comfort has pampered our Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, and Pacifica patients while allowing Kenneth Hovden to comfortably perform essential procedures like TMJ treatment, Lumineers, or restorative dentistry. Hurray for technology!

Visit our office at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 Daly City, California 94015 and enjoy a spectacular view of our ceiling from any one of our extraordinary dental chairs. Most California dental practices have them and there is probably not much of a difference between theirs and ours. What sets us apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience and competitive pricing. With all the overhead that has to be paid for–x-ray equipment, procedure supplies, utilities and, of course, our remarkable chairs–we’re pleased to keep the price of preventative and cosmetic dentistry reasonable for our friends and neighbors in Daly City, California.

Call our office today at 650-763-8794 to find out if dental restoration, braces, crowns, veneers, tooth implants, sedation, teeth whitening, or any cosmetic dental procedure is something we can provide for you.

We are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants in a comfortable position, in a comfortable chair.

Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015
650-763-8794


Kenneth Hovden DDS Is Here For You

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Hello, I’m Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS, a highly regarded dental practice in Daly City, California.

The professional team at Kenneth Hovden DDS would love to help you with any of your dental needs:

  • Pediatric dental counsel for new parents
  • Immediate remedies for any pressing dental problems
  • A gentle, friendly dentist for families with children
  • Experienced care for patients with chronic health conditions such as cancer or diabetes
  • A cosmetic dentist who seeks ongoing training on the latest procedures and materials
  • An inviting dental office with amenities that make your visit comfortable and pleasant
  • A dental practice in Daly City that focuses on preventative care

My team of dental professionals at Kenneth Hovden DDS has been serving the San Francisco area since 1981. We provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages.

We are located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202, in Daly City, California. We offer comprehensive dental services including restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring and TMJ treatment. Our passion is providing exceptional care for our valued patients. To make an appointment, call us at 650-763-8794.

I look forward to being your Daly City dentist of choice.


 

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-763-8794

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, CA
94015

 


Relax In Comfort & Style At Kenneth Hovden DDS In Daly City

Half Moon Bay cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Thank you for visiting the Kenneth Hovden DDS dental blog. Today, I’d like to consider an important but often-overlooked feature in our practice: the modern dental chair. Did you know that dental chairs don’t come from your local Daly City furniture store?

Dental chairs were developed especially for the comfort of patient and dental provider alike. Dentists throughout the known world are pleased with the recent innovations in seat technology.

Kenneth Hovden DDS at Kenneth Hovden DDS has been leaning over patients since 1981. The adjustable seat has saved Dr. Hovden from discomfort as services are rendered such as Invisalign and sleep apnea and snoring treatment.

Daly City patients have been lying back in Kenneth Hovden DDS’s cutting-edge seats since 1981. The cushioned comfort has pampered our Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, and Pacifica patients while allowing Kenneth Hovden to comfortably perform essential procedures like TMJ treatment, Lumineers, or restorative dentistry. Hurray for technology!

Visit our office at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 Daly City, California 94015 and enjoy a spectacular view of our ceiling from any one of our extraordinary dental chairs. Most California dental practices have them and there is probably not much of a difference between theirs and ours. What sets us apart is our personal service, professionalism, experience and competitive pricing. With all the overhead that has to be paid for–x-ray equipment, procedure supplies, utilities and, of course, our remarkable chairs–we’re pleased to keep the price of preventative and cosmetic dentistry reasonable for our friends and neighbors in Daly City, California.

Call our office today at 650-763-8794 to find out if dental restoration, braces, crowns, veneers, tooth implants, sedation, teeth whitening, or any cosmetic dental procedure is something we can provide for you.

We are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants in a comfortable position, in a comfortable chair.

Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015
650-763-8794


15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as essential as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medications can increase your risk of dental caries.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated dental caries.
  7. Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as adverse for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

I am accepting new patients at my Daly City dental practice. I am committed to preventative dentistry and lifelong oral health. I advise my Daly City patients about restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring and TMJ treatment. In addition, I offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services. If you are seeking a dentist in the San Francisco area, I invite you to schedule an appointment to meet me and my professional team.


5 Reasons To See Daly City’s Truly Amazing Dentist, Dr. Hovden

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When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is essential for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Dr. Kenneth Hovden your partner in oral health.

Visit Kenneth Hovden DDS For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist in zip code 94015 has emerged as one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits repaired right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Kenneth Hovden DDS For the Atmosphere.
At Kenneth Hovden DDS the dentist makes it a point to find out your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Dr. Kenneth Hovden would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere professional.

Visit Kenneth Hovden DDS For the Discussion.
Kenneth Hovden DDS delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. Dr. Hovden provides fresh, clear information regarding your treatment. You can count on knowledgeable care and unprecedented oral treatment. Call 650-763-8794 today to schedule an appointment.

Visit Kenneth Hovden DDS For the Answers.

When you enter our doors at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202, Daly City, California 94015, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of sleep apnea and snoring or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for Lumineers? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for TMJ treatment? Where does it hurt when restorative dentistry is done? Who is a candidate for Invisalign? What are symptoms of teeth grinding?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Dr. Kenneth Hovden is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our Half Moon Bay and nearby San Mateo neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015
650-763-8794
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Choosing A Dentist In Daly City

perfect smile San FranciscoThe American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Daly City. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor for choosing a dentist. Here are some things you should look for:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Daly City. If you live in the San Francisco California area, there are many options, and most Daly City locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Daly City dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Daly City dentist should be approachable and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your Daly City dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral health; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Daly City dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Daly City. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Daly City dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide general dental care through the years.

We are accepting new patients. Give us a call at 650-755-6000 to schedule a friendly consultation.

-Kenneth Hovden, DDS