A Noteworthy Dental Experience

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience, and for all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Schedule your next checkup 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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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we see more cavities in our patients than we would like to. Cavities are far too common in the United States, and there is a tendency to consider them inevitable.

Cavities happen when certain types of bacteria produce acids in the mouth. These acids destroy the enamel of a tooth, as well as its underlying dentin. Holes in the enamel are cavities.

If you’ve got a toothache or new sensitivity in your teeth, or if it hurts when you chew, then you may have a cavity. Call our office so we can get it filled.

Prevent Cavities

To keep your teeth from developing new cavities, we recommend the following three things:

  • Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride. Most municipal water supplies contain fluoride. Also, make sure it’s in your toothpaste. Not all toothpastes have it.
  • Get dental sealants. We can paint sealants onto your teeth – the back teeth in particular. Sealants act as an added layer of protection for your teeth. You’ll still need to brush!
  • Have regular checkups. Seeing us for a cleaning and checkup every six months means we’ll find any new decay early, and treat it.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. We offer complete general dentistry, and specialties like snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and a tossed salad? A cholesterol test that shows your arteries are looking good? If you pictured a white, healthy smile free of cavities, Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City salutes you.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing your teeth every day is essential to good dental health. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s the best way to keep plaque from building up on your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky film that is formed by bacteria and sugars, and coats the surface of your teeth. It’s a constant process; the stuff is always forming. That’s why you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. It’s important to remove it because plaque is what causes cavities.

Two Minute Warning

Try to brush for two minutes! Some people find that challenging. You can use a timer to help, or listen to some music to take your mind off the brushing. That way the time will fly by, and you may even go beyond that two minute minimum.

We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury is out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Healthy living really does start with your smile! At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. We offer general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Kenneth Hovden DDS: A Reason To Smile

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we continue to achieve fantastic results with our cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers.

There are a lot of folks out there who are not pleased with the appearance of their smiles. Their teeth may have grown a little dull over the years, or there may be gaps between some of them. There may be a chip from a long-ago accident.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with any of these imperfections if you don’t want to. Cosmetic dentistry offers a range of procedures that can improve any smile.

To name just a few:

  • Dental implants can replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like the real thing. They are one of the wonders of modern dentistry.
  • Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are great for covering chips and cracks that detract from your smile.
  • Teeth Whitening can give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted. We use Zoom! whitening, a light-activated procedure that delivers spectacular results.

Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can transform any smile! Call us 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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Creating Memorable Smiles At Kenneth Hovden DDS

Creating Memorable Smiles at Kenneth Hovden DDSA smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable and beautiful with a cosmetic dentistry smile makeover at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that specifies dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetics. Of course, we perform general dental procedures in addition to advanced cosmetic dental treatments.

When designing a smile makeover, the patient’s goals and expectations are discussed. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. The patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle also influence the plan.

Procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. We use Zoom! teeth whitening to get you the most dazzling smile possible.
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers cover chips, gaps between teeth, and other flaws to leave you with a perfect smile.
  • Dental implants. Missing a tooth? Dental implants are replacements that look and function like the real thing.

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City will transform your smile! Call us 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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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth and a better smile. Teeth whitening at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City may be just what what you need.

Of course, there are lots of over-the-counter products you might want to try. Any grocery store will have plenty of options in the dental care aisle: just about every major brand of toothpaste offers a whitening version.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. They do a fairly good job, and the abrasives in them are no harder on tooth enamel than ordinary toothpastes.  However, these products can only remove stains that are on the surface. This generally results in whitening by roughly one shade.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. We offer Zoom! teeth whitening, a highly effective, light-activated procedure that can whiten your smile in just one visit!

Professional teeth whitening at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. Other services include sleep apnea and snoring treatment. 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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3 Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is about root canal procedures. Root canals are often feared, but they allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.

It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by any of the following:

  • An injury to the tooth
  • A very deep cavity
  • A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. Left untreated, it can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When we perform a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be pulled.

Root canals have a bad reputation, but remember: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Root canals are among our services at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer a full range of general dentistry, and can treat sleep apnea. Call us 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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Why Aren’t You Smiling?

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It’s unfortunate, but true: a lot of people don’t smile because they are embarrassed by the state of their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can transform any smile into something truly memorable!

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of procedures that make positive changes to the appearance of your teeth. Even one small change can make a big difference. Several small changes be transformative!

There are many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

  • Teeth whitening. No over-the-counter product can match the whitening power of professional teeth whitening. We offer Zoom! whitening, a light-activated process that can give you a brilliant white smile in just one office visit.
  • Porcelain Veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are used to cover chips, gaps, and other flaws, giving you a perfect smile.
  • Dental implants. Are you missing a tooth? A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it forms a solid foundation for an artificial tooth. The new replacement looks and functions like the real thing.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. To get an idea of what we can do for your smile, please visit our smile gallery, and then call us 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for prime dental health. However, some people worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a couple days after your dental cleaning, don’t worry about it. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to return to our office so we can check you for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so it’s something we take very seriously. It responds best to treatment when it’s caught in the early stages.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. 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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Is Perfect Possible?

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Are you thinking about improving your appearance with a smile makeover? Are you skeptical when you hear promises of a “perfect” or “celebrity” smile? Well, at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, so are we.

After all, perfect is a pretty tall order! So let’s do a reality check, and review two of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results you can expect.

Porcelain Veneers

The application of porcelain veneers can remedy several aesthetic dental problems. They can fix chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While veneers do not repair decay, they can turn unappealing teeth into aesthetically perfect teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some dentists guarantee amazing results for any patient who wants a whiter smile.

We only recommend teeth whitening for patients who are good candidates, and offer Zoom! teeth whitening. Zoom! is a light-activated process that can transform your smile in a single office visit; it’s far superior to any over-the-counter whitener.

Porcelain veneers and teeth whitening are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry solutions that create sensational smiles, at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Are they perfect? You be the judge! Call us 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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