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Persistent Dry Mouth?

Many residents in our Daly City community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious dilemma. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not only irritating but can also lead to acute health problems.

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Dry Mouth Can Cause Dental Problems

A reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common problem, especially among older individuals. Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable, it can cause tooth damage. Saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acids that can cause plaque. Extensive tooth decay can occur

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Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile

Hi, I’m Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS. If you are one of my patients, welcome back. If this is your first visit, I appreciate you stopping by. My professional team and I love taking care of our valued patients in the Daly City area. Today’s article is for smiles that are overdue for a

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The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

Hello, thank you for visiting the Kenneth Hovden DDS blog. I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden. Along with my fantastic team, I have been providing premium dental care since 1981. Today’s message is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA emblem on toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental

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Optimum Oral Health Includes Exams and Cleanings

If you’ve ever visited our blog, you’ve probably heard the advice to have dental visits and cleanings twice a year. In fact, dental professionals have been advising the twice-yearly frequency for over 50 years. The American Dental Association counsels people to visit their dentist twice a year as well. Is that an arbitrary schedule? Let’s

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What is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you characterize it as one-sided? In other words, the dentist examines the patient’s teeth, decides on the course of treatment, and performs the procedure-while the patient is a minor participant. It Starts With The Atmosphere At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we don’t do things that way. You

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What Is A Canted Midline?

Dr. Kenneth Hovden considers many factors when designing a smile for any smile makeover patient. One of the smile design elements involved is the facial midline. The skilled cosmetic dentist considers the length and angle of the facial midline to properly position porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants. When front teeth restorations do not line

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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal

When you go to your drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitener, or another oral care product, be sure that the product you decide on carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Today in our dental blog, we look at 4 ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care

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Don’t Let Fear Of The Dentist Compromise Your Oral Health

If you have claustrophobia, you forego cave exploration. If you have acrophobia (fear of heights), you avoid sky diving. In either case, you can live a fulfilling life without joining in these activities. What if you have dentophobia or a fear of the dentist? (Yes, it’s a real thing with an official name.) This is

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Porcelain Veneers And Instant Orthodontics

If you have been paying attention to the orthodontics scene in recent years, you probably have heard about invisible braces and speed braces. These new teeth straightening procedures have been welcomed by many individuals, especially adults who want an alternative to traditional metal braces. There’s more good news for people who want to straighten their

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