Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This blog post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City focuses on professional teeth cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already brush and floss every day at home.

The answer is yes: both are important, because they work together to maintain your dental health.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate, even if you brush and floss every day. When plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our services include complete general dentistry. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to our practice to improve their smiles with our cosmetic 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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Helping Daly City Love Dental Visits

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No one really enjoys going to the dentist, and at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we understand that. But we want all our patients to have a positive experience when they come in for an appointment, and we’re always willing to go the extra mile for their comfort.

We want to be transparent in all treatment. If you have any questions at all about what we’re doing, or the state of your dental health, do not hesitate to ask! Of course, it isn’t easy to ask a question if there’s a tool in your mouth. We can establish a simple signal, like raising your hand, as we begin. There’s no such thing as a bad question.

Above all, we want you to be comfortable. Our dental chairs tend to be relaxing, but if you want a pillow or blanket, just ask. We need that bright light above the chair, so if we forget to offer you sunglasses or other protective eyeware, just remind us.

A typical cleaning and checkup takes about an hour. Some procedures can take even longer. That’s a long time to sit still with your mouth propped open. Feel free to suggest taking a break along the way: for the bathroom, or just to stretch. We’re happy to oblige.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want to create a positive environment, and for you to have a positive experience. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our office for general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Soda Spells Double Trouble

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda delivers a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is dangerous to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to children because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think that they can avoid problems because they choose diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel. Soda consumption can also lead to teeth staining.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or significantly reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your children away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want all our patients to enjoy a lifetime of good dental health. We offer complete general dentistry. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for sleep apnea treatment. 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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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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We fill a lot of cavities at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. Tooth decay is a serious problem, with somewhere in the area of nine of every ten American adults having at least one cavity in their teeth.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We really stress preventative dentistry as the key to good dental health. Here are five tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums:

  • Brush Your Teeth. This is one is easy and basic, but critical. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Don’t Forget Your Tongue. This important part of brushing is easy to overlook, but there’s bacteria on the tongue you’ll want to remove.
  • Floss. This goes hand-in-hand with brushing. Flossing lets you get the gunk that builds up between teeth. Before or after you brush? Either one. Just be sure to do it!
  • Eat a Balanced Diet. Food choice is more important than you might think. Teeth need nutrients, just like the rest of your body. Avoid sugar as much as possible, and drink plenty of water.
  • Have Regular Check-Ups. Cleanings and checkups allow us to catch small problems before they get big, and give you peace of mind.

By following these five simple tips you can avoid serious dental issues down the road.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for comprehensive general dentistry, and specialties like sleep apnea treatment. Call us 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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Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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Did you know that as many as five million teeth get knocked out of peoples’ mouths every single year? Not surprisingly, a lot of those accidents happens on the playing field. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want to remind everyone how important it is to always wear a protective mouthguard when participating in sports.

That includes so-called non-contact sports like basketball. Even in a friendly game among weekend warriors, it only takes an accidental elbow to the mouth to knock out a tooth.

Needless to say, no one wants to experience that. A knocked out tooth is a serious dental emergency. If it’s treated immediately there is a good chance the tooth can be reinserted. Otherwise, you’re facing expensive dental work.

No parent would send their child onto the playing field without protective gear, like shin pads or a helmet. That gear will vary from sport to sport. What should be there no matter what is a mouthguard.

You can pick up an inexpensive mouthguard online, or at any sporting goods store. They can be ready to use in minutes, and make all the difference if an accident happens.

There are also higher-end, custom mouthguards available. Ask us about them at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for general dentistry, and specialties 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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Patient Education Improves Dental Outcomes

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The more you know, the better off you are. That’s a general truth that applies to a lot of things in life, and that includes dentistry. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want all our patients to be as informed as possible about the procedures they have.

A question that patients bring to us a lot is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup twice a year. In a word, yes. Regular checkups let us keep an eye on your overall dental health, and get ahead of potential problems. It really is true:  prevention is the best medicine.

Indestructable?

Many patients ask how long a filling will last. Some think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of a filling with daily brushing and flossing.

What about toothbrushes? Is an electric any better than a manual? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. When they are used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

Patients often ask about toothpaste, too. We recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the package. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

Again, we believe the more you know the better off you are. If you have any questions about a recommended procedure at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, don’t hesitate to ask. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for general dentistry, and specialties like porcelain veneers. And they ask a lot of questions! Schedule your next 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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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we have two quick ideas to overcome your exhaustion and pick up your toothbrush.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth

As you lie there in bed after a long hard day and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times. As you do, visualize plaque: that filmy stuff on the teeth and gumline. It’s loaded with the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat

Another convenient and uncomplicated approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content, the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon.

Remember that brushing your teeth is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’d like. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough!

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for 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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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years and there are now several effective ways to repair decayed teeth. In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we are going to focus on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less invasive replacement for a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

An inlay is used to correct the surface of a damaged tooth, typically to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are strong and look very natural because the color can be matched accurately to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is precisely fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions like the initial tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are commonly applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are exactly fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve a vital role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we have repaired many smiles with inlays and onlays. Patients from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our practice for complete general dentistry, and for special services like snoring treatment. Call to scheduel 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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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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