Debunking Dental Myths

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In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we focus on three common myths about dental health.

  • All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth. Sugar increases the risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Foods that leave sugary residue on the teeth do more damage than those that are swallowed immediately. Sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.
  • You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway. Baby teeth serve several important purposes. They allow kids to eat and speak properly, and retain proper spacing for the adult teeth to come. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.
  • Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal. Here’s what the American Association of Endodontists says: “Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option … Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate.”

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we offer complete general dentistry. People throughout San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Call to 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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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we address the unpleasant topic of halitosis, also known as bad breath.

While poor dental hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to it, or even make it worse. One of these is the lack of saliva, or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health

One of the functions of saliva is moistening the teeth and gums and removing odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel stability.

Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against cavities and infections.

Most of us have a dry mouth now and then, like when we’re anxious or under stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using over-the-counter saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can result in additional oral and physical health problems.

If you are coping with either condition, be sure to tell us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We’ve helped patients throughout San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay discover the source and guide them on treatment. Our services include general and restorative 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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Correcting Severe Dental Problems At Kenneth Hovden DDS

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Each restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can address a specific issue. A porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or has had enamel loss. Bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.

Some dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontia followed by tooth bleaching totally transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.

What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures which remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade.

We live in an age where virtually any dental issue can be corrected. To find out what cosmetic and restorative dentistry from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can do for your, give us a call! Find out why people from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay trust us with their smiles. 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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What’s The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is the use of an inlay or onlay.

An inlay is like a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its initial dimension.

The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has developed. The inlay or onlay is permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to complete the process.

Inlays and onlays shield the tooth from further weakening, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous. They are among the restorative dentistry options at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for dental implants, and all their dental care needs. Call 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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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

gentle dentist Daly CityThis message from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is for anyone who is finding it difficult to improve their dental health. We urge you to keep working at it and assure you that we’re here to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are good about brushing their teeth, but sometimes skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush twice a day, and floss before going to bed at night.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried to quit but just can’t, you’re far from alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, former smokers now outnumber active smokers. Everyone who has kicked the habit was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Keep Getting Checkups

Regular cleanings and checkups are a critical part of maintaining good dental health. Along with brushing and flossing, they are your first line of defense against tooth decay. On average, we recommend a checkup every six months. Some patients can spread them out a little more, and others may need more frequent visits.

Remember, the link between your dental health and overall health is well-established. Patients come to Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. 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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What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

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Saliva is an important part of good oral health. Without an adequate flow, you’d find it very difficult to chew and swallow. If you have a problem with dry mouth, let us know at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Saliva is produced by several glands in and around the mouth, and it is mostly water. No surprise there! Aside from chewing and keeping your mouth moist, saliva fights germs in your mouth and helps prevent bad breath.

Sometimes people have a reduced flow of saliva, a condition known as xerostomia (pronounced zero-STO-me-uh). It’s a common side effect of certain medications, and can lead to discomfort and swelling.

Many commonly-used medications can cause dry mouth, including:

  • Antihistamines
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Certain blood pressure medicine
  • Antidepressants
  • Certain pain medication

Dry mouth can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, so if these symptoms sound familiar to you, let us know.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we keep a close watch on the oral health of our patients. Our services include general and restorative dentistry, and see patients throughout San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay. 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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How Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

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Teeth grinding is a common behavior among people of all ages. Known formally as bruxism, it is when someone involuntarily clenches or grinds their teeth. It can have serious consequences, but is treatable at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Teeth grinding can occur during the day or night and can affect children and adults. Some people grind their teeth intermittently, while in others it is regular behavior.

Teeth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. It can also have a long-term affect on physical and mental health.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • It can bring about loose teeth
  • It can cause physical pain in the teeth or face
  • It can crack teeth
  • It can wear down enamel
  • It can cause alignment issues

The causes of bruxism are not fully understood. It may be a combination of physical, psychological, and genetic factors.

The good news is that it is treatable. Stress reduction techniques are helpful, as is wearing a night guard when you sleep.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we offer comprehensive dental care. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. 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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Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we explore some specifics about brushing your teeth. One key to getting the most out of your toothpaste is getting plenty of foam when brushing.

Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then brushing at a 45 degree angle. The foam helps dislodge food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around as you finish brushing to pick up any stragglers.

The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel. Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization of your teeth. This takes time, so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes, and get the foam throughout your mouth.

Flossing is an important part of cleaning your teeth. It doesn’t matter whether your floss before or after brushing. There are different types of floss available and they’re all effective. We do, however, recommend string floss over floss holders, because with string floss you can get all around individual teeth.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay trust us with their dental health by scheduling twice a year checkups. Our services include dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Set up 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 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Daly City, California Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you’re just looking for a change. Whatever the reason, Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City has some suggestions you may find useful.

It isn’t a decision you want to make lightly. Ideally you should establish a relationship that you can count on for years to come. Asking your family and friends is a tried-and-true method, but since that’s one of the first things you’re likely to think of, we’ll share a few other ideas.

  1. If you’re moving, ask your current dentist for a recommendation in your new town.
  2. Ask your physician
  3. Try the local or state dental society.

Establish a short list of potential new dentists. From there, call or visit each one before making up your mind. Be sure to read online reviews, too, to see what others in your town have to say.

Considerations

Keep the following in mind:

  1. Does a practice take your insurance? Even if they are out of your network, a practice may submit claims to all insurance providers. Be sure to ask.
  2. Where is the office? You know what real estate agents say: location, location, location! Make sure the office is conveniently located. That may mean they are close to your job. Don’t forget to find out their office hours.
  3. Specialties. Not all practices perform every dental procedure. Some may not extract wisdom teeth, while others may not offer dental sedation. Learn as much as you can before committing to anything.

At name of practice we are committed to excellence in dentistry. People from xxx come to our practice for xxx. Please 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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Get Your Teeth In Shape, San Francisco!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, San Francisco!

Regular exercise is essential to good health. When you’re physically fit then you look better, and more important, you feel better! And as we remind our patients here at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, that goes for keeping your teeth in good shape, too!

If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth may well be the window to your overall health. Research has shown there is a clear link between your dental health and your general health. It is safe to say that good dental health is necessary to your physical well-being throughout your life.

Here’s just one example: bacteria that starts in the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body, especially if your immune system has been weakened by illness.

When you take good care of your teeth, you’re doing more for your well-being than you may ever have realized. So brush and floss every day, without fail, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want you to keep yourself in shape with plenty of exercise. But don’t underestimate the importance of good dental health! People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to our office for dental implants, complete general dentistry, and much more. Call 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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