Want To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

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The enamel on your teeth is a hard, protective surface, but it isn’t indestructable. At Kenneth Hovdeen DDS in Daly City we strongly recommend avoiding the following, in order to keep yours healthy.

1. Chewing on hard foods

This includes things such as beef jerky and hard candy.

2. Chewing on hard objects

This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.

3. Grinding your teeth

If you grind your teeth, talk to us. An appliance can protect your smile.

4. Eating too much sticky food

Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can chip teeth.

5. Drinking anything besides water frequently

If your teeth are bathed in soda (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks constantly, you are asking for dental issues.

6. Playing sports without a mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most kids are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field, but adults don’t always follow suit. Ask us for a recommendation.

7. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

A hard-bristled tooth brush can weaken teeth and cause gums to pull away. Remove food bits and plaque with a soft (or extra-soft) toothbrush.

8. Ignoring dry mouth

Saliva helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. Constant dry mouth can lead to tooth decay. Talk to us if you have persistent dry mouth.

9. Using teeth as tools

Using your teeth to open packages of any kind can lead to damage, as surely as playing sports without a mouthguard.

10. Ignoring bad breath

Bad breath is often associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. It might be a symptom of accelerating cavities. Discuss it with your dentist. (Don’t be embarrassed. We treat bad breath all the time.)

11. Ignoring jaw pain

If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Is it too late? Have you already broken or chipped a tooth? We can repair it at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our office for restorative dentistry, and special services like dental implants. Please 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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Kenneth Hovden DDS In Daly City Is Accepting New Patients

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we are accepting new patients. This works both ways, of course: if we’re seeing you for the first time, then you are seeing us for the first time. Rest assured, we are committed to excellence and to helping you maintain good dental health.

It’s natural to be a little nervous the first time you see a new dentist. A lot of people are a little nervous every time they see the dentist. No one really enjoys having all those tools poking around their teeth and gums, but we do our best to make each appointment a positive and comfortable experience.

If you’re coming here for the first time, you can make things go a little quicker by filling out all the necessary forms beforehand. Bring any insurance cards you may have.

It’s also a good idea to make a list of any concerns you may have, as well as any treatment goals, both short- and long-term. Definitely write the list down – you don’t want to forget anything!

During the first appointment will do a thorough exam to assess the state of your teeth and gums. We will probably recommend taking X-rays. Our hygienist will give you a good cleaning.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice. Find out why people from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay trust us with their dental health! Our services include complete general dentistry, and cosmetic services like porcelain veneers. 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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Kenneth Hovden DDS Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Kenneth Hovden DDS Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is neither indestructable nor renewable. It’s important to brush and floss daily, and have regualr checkups at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Use it  after every meal to gently clean away food particles. It is best to brush right after eating. The sooner you remove food debris from your teeth, the better.

Flossing regularly is also essential to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

As for checkups, an average of about two per year is best. In some cases we’ll want to see a patient more often.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want each patient to enjoy excellent dental health. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our practice for complete general dentistry, and specialties like porcelain veneers. Call our office to 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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A Proud Dental Practice

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we are proud to serve our community with the best dental care possible. It’s a lot of work to run a dental office, but it’s an important function. We are commmitted to excellence in what we do.

It is by now well-established that dental health is linked your overall health, and we want all our patients to have the best dental health possible. On any given day we will remove a patient’s tooth decay and fill the cavity. We’ll diagnose and treath other problems with teeth and gums, repair fractured teeth, and promote good dental health.

We have a team of committed professionals. The dentist is the most conspicuous team member, and is responsible for diagnosing any dental problems and developing treatment plans.

But no one works alone, of course. Other team members include our dental hygienists, licensed professionals who are responsible for the preventative part of treatments. This includes screening for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, and reviewing a patient’s oral hygiene.

Our dental assistants assist the dentist during procedures. They also have a role in preventative education, and can perform tasks such as removing sutures.

Finally, there’s our team members in the reception area. They schedule and manage appointments, greet you when you come in, and help our practice run efficiently.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we are committed to the dental health of all our patients, and it takes our entire team to do it. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Call to 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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Can I Ignore a Cracked Tooth if it Doesn’t Hurt?

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You may have heard that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It is, but here’s a reminder from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City: it isn’t indestructble, and if you crack a tooth you should have us look at it as soon as possible.

A tooth may become crackded as a result of trauma, or from biting down too hard on a solid object such as ice.

A cracked tooth may or may not be a dental emergency. It depends on the severity of the crack, and where it is in your mouth. If it’s a minor crack we still recommend seeing us right away, but you can safely wait until normal business hours.

If, on the other hand, the crack is severe then you should seek help right away. This is especially true if there is a piece of the tooth missing. A small crack can treated with a filling. Larger cracks may require a protective dental crown.

A tooth that is cracked all the way through is a more serious matter. It may even require an extraction, followed by an implant.

Never ignore a cracked tooth! Seeing us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is your first step in fixing it. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay have entrusted their smiles to us for years. We offer complete general dentistry, and special services like dental implants. 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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If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

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Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that some people, for whatever reason, let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and flossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

It’s Worth It!

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions.

We’ll also look for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

There Is Always Hope

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It may not be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: even if you haven’t taken care of your teeth, there is always hope.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our patients come from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay for restorative and 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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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Have you replaced your toothbrush lately? You don’t have to answer that. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months.

Too many people wait too long to get a new toothbrush, which can be bad for their dental health. It’s one of the reasons why most dentists hand out free ones at every checkup.

Of course, you don’t need to mark your calendar or set up an alert on your smartphone. How often you replace your toothbrush depends on how often you use it. We recommend, strongly, that you brush at least twice a day. If you’re brushing twice a day, picking up a new toothbrush at the store every three months is recommended.

Why So Often?

A toothbrush can become familiar, like a comfy pair of shoes. Sometimes the idea of tossing out the old one and replacing it isn’t very appealing. But after three months, the bristles are getting bent and frayed. There may be some gunk – dried toothpaste foam – starting to build up, too. Yuk. So toss that old brush, and get a fresh one!

What kind of brush should you be using? There are so many choices. The most important thing is to choose a brush with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

Manual or Electric?

Should you use a manual toothbrush, or go electric? This boils down to personal preference. Provided you use them correctly, both do a good job cleaning your teeth. A manual toothbrush may take a little longer, and requires you to be sure to brush up and down and in little circles. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.

Electric toothbrushes are a tremendous benefit to those with issues like arthritis. There are two basic types: a regular electric toothbrush, and a sonic toothbrush. A sonic toothbrush is essentially a super-charged electric brush. They can give you up to thirty thousand brush strokes per minute!

To recap: for good dental health, the important thing is to change your toothbrush every three months. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we offer complete general dentistry, and patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for specialties like dental implants. 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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Dental Implants: Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are vital for a high quality of life and overall health. That’s what makes dental implants, like those available at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, such a major step forward in dentistry.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw. The implant is, in effect, a replacement for a missing tooth root. One implant may be used to support one replacement tooth, and several strategically-placed implants can support a full dental arch, aka dentures.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, we assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. We look at the available options, and with your input, design a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
The next step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
It take several months for the post to fully integrate with the jawbone. The process is known as osseointegration. Titanium is remarkably well-suited for this, and cases of rejection are rare.

4. Final Restoration
The last step is the restoration, or replacement teeth. For a single implant, a supporting piece called an abutment is fitted to the titanium post, and the crown, or tooth, goes on top of that. A dental arch usually has four connecting points, and there are several types of attachments.

Whether it’s a single implant or a full arch, dental implants can transform your life. They’re among our complete restorative dentistry services. Call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City today 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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What Is Oil Pulling?

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This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City looks at oil pulling, an alternative practice that has been generating some buzz lately. Is it a reliable for your dental health, or just a fad?

Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It involves swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The most commonly used oils are coconut, sesame, and sunflower.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Sound far-fetched? Some even say it cures cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we caution our patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental exams with oil pulling. We provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Call 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

 

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Think You May Have A Cavity?

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To maintain good dental health, your teeth need a lot of good ol’-fashioned TLC. But even when we do our best, bacteria can sneak in and cause tooth decay. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we would be happy to take care of your dental issues.

Few of us go through life without getting a cavity. They’re the common cold of dental health!

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque clings to your teeth, and the acid in it starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth.

You can go a long way toward preventing cavities by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. That removes that filmy plaque to promote healthy teeth and gums.

It’s also wise to see us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Our services include general dentistry, and specialties like porcelain veneers. 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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