Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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Our teeth work hard and are constantly under attack. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is always at work. On the bright side, with regular flossing and brushing and checkups at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, it is also largely preventable.

Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal conditions, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt additional erosion if some has already taken place.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been worn away, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
  3. Aggressive brushing can damage enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as detrimental as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to prevent it from going any further. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised. Call Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City to schedule an examination. We offer general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Make an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

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This post from Kennth Hovden DDS in Daly City examines the effect of a balanced diet on your dental health.

Proper nutrition, of course, can benefit you in a number of ways: increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. How often, however, do you consider how affects your oral health?

Your diet can affect your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prevent inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the prime choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that aids in keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums.

A healthy diet contains all the essential vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride – especially for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore adequate fluoride is critical.

Don’t forget, however, that too much fluoride is dangerous. We can advise you on the perfect dosage of fluoride for your child, taking into account whether your municipal water is fluoridated.

Bacteria that causes enamel-destroying plaque love a steady diet of sugar—from soda, candy, and even fruit juices. When enamel wears away, the teeth become vulnerable to decay, cracks, and discoloration.

Sugary foods that are especially harmful are those that get trapped in the spaces between teeth and the tiny pits and cracks in the molars. Candies that are chewy or hard can lodge in these spaces and allow for the adverse sugar to have direct contact with enamel until brushing occurs.

Be sure to brush after each meal and before bed. Furthermore, remember to floss or use a water irrigating method to dislodge food particles trapped in spaces. By eating well, brushing properly, flossing regularly, and avoiding foods that stick to your teeth, you can have a beautiful smile for life.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, the dental health of our patients is always a top priority. Our services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

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Do you like your smile? Do you ever think there is room for improvement? At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we use the techniques of cosmetic dentistry to perform smile makeovers that improve the appearance of our patients’ smiles.

A smile makeover can produce dramatics results in your overall appearance. Even a small change can have a big impact, and give you a boost in self-confidence.

Is there’s anything about your teeth you don’t like? It could be a chipped tooth, a gap between a couple of teeth, too much gum tissue when you smile, or teeth that have lost their youthful luster. It might even be a missing tooth. You can identify the things you don’t like, and we can use cosmetic dentistry to fix them.

The procedures available include:

Any or all of these procedures can be used to customize your smile, according to your exact specifications.

Cosmetic dentistry is not indestructible, and you’ll need to take good care of your teeth once your smile makeover is complete. But with proper care, you should have a breathtaking smile for years to come.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we use cosmetic dentistry to perform smile makeovers every day. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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There Is Hope For Denture Wearers

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your health and well-being. Denture wearers understand this all too well. Implant-supported dentures from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City are the most secure and stable denture option available anywhere.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While traditional dentures are better than no teeth at all, they certainly come with drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they call for relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for men and women who have been wearing traditional dentures. To a certain extent, implants halt the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Implant dentures are securely attached so they won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts (the actual implants) are inserted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Implant-supported dentures can restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical well-being. The psychological benefits are equally valuable.

To find out more about implant-supported dentures from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, please call our office to schedule a consultation. We also treat sleep apnea, and provide general dentistry services. Call us today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is far too common in the United States, where it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It can be treated at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, but the earlier it’s diagnosed, the better. With that in mind, we ask: how much do you know about gum disease? Take our short quiz to find out.

1. Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Underbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

2. Which of the items below are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear to be longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bleeding gums
d. Inflamed gums

3. Which of the items below are possible health concerns linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Gum grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t notice any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

We hope you did well!

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, gum disease treatment is among our services. In addition to general dentistry we offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, and treat issues like snoring and sleep apnea. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Chronic Sleep Problems?

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If you feel tired and sluggish during the day, and your bed  partner tells you that you snore, you may have a conditiion call sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are treatable at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

What is sleep apnea? It’s a potentially health-threatening condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to get some answers.

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This form is present when a patient has both of the other two types.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, help is just a phone call away. It is one of the conditions we treat at Kenneteh Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Bright And Healthy Smiles

No one disputes the fact that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull smiles. Everybody likes to see an attractive smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, a smile makeover can get you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Glad to Meet You

At Kenneth Hovden DDS we serve the Daly City area with dental services including porcelain veneers. We provide dental services to the greater San Francisco area from our comfortable and friendly dental office. If you are looking for a dentist, we invite you to contact us.

Whiten, Straighten, or Get Rid of the Silver

There are many cost-effective procedures that will allow you to achieve a bright and healthy smile. There are effective tooth whitening services that whiten smiles dramatically. If you would like to straighten your teeth, you also have numerous orthodontic options. Still have silver amalgam fillings? How would you like to have them upgraded to white fillings? When you open your mouth wide, your teeth will look like they did before you ever had cavities!

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we focus on patient-centered dental care in a friendly environment. Porcelain veneers and dental implants are among our cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is all about using cosmetic dentistry procedures to make positive changes to your teeth. It combines two or more of these procedures to upgrade your smile.

The effects of a smile makeover may be subtle, or they may be quite dramatic. With cosmetic dentistry we can make changes to the color of your teeth, close gaps, fix chips or cracks, or re-shape gum tissue. Since it addresses aspects you dislike, you can think of it as a customized smile.

The procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front of the teeth. Veneers can be used to cover gaps, chips, and stains.

Bonding involves using a composite resin to repair decay, chips, or fractures. It can also be used to make teeth seem longer. The color of the resin matches that of your teeth.

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the history of dentistry. With a dental implant, a titanium post is inserted into the jaw, and in time fuses with the bone. An artificial tooth is fitted on top of that, and it looks and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can also anchor a set of dentures.

Teeth whitening takes your smile to the next level. Everyone wants whiter teeth, and whitening is one of the most in-demand cosmetic dentistry procedures there is. Professional whitening surpasses any over-the-counter product you can find.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we work with you to customize a smile makeover treatment plan that will result in the smile you’ve always wanted. Services also include general dentistry. Call our office for an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015


6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, and they continue to play a critical role in cosmetic dentistry at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for many common dental problems:

  • An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
  • A broken tooth
  • A tooth with acute decay
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that inhibits a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. Plus, a crown can save a tooth from extraction and ensuing bone loss.

Cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. We also provide dental implants, porcelain veneers, and other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is about smile makeovers. Some patients wonder if  the term is synonymous with cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a sensational smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile renewal. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, porcelain veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, dental implants for a missing tooth, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

To find out more about cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, please give our office a call. Other services include general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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