Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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Our teeth work hard and are constantly under attack. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is always at work. On the bright side, with regular flossing and brushing and checkups at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, it is also largely preventable.

Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal conditions, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt additional erosion if some has already taken place.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been worn away, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
  3. Aggressive brushing can damage enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as detrimental as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to prevent it from going any further. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised. Call Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City to schedule an examination. We offer general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. Make 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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Treat Your Smile To A Healthy Diet

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This post from Kennth Hovden DDS in Daly City examines the effect of a balanced diet on your dental health.

Proper nutrition, of course, can benefit you in a number of ways: increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. How often, however, do you consider how affects your oral health?

Your diet can affect your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prevent inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the prime choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that aids in keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums.

A healthy diet contains all the essential vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride – especially for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore adequate fluoride is critical.

Don’t forget, however, that too much fluoride is dangerous. We can advise you on the perfect dosage of fluoride for your child, taking into account whether your municipal water is fluoridated.

Bacteria that causes enamel-destroying plaque love a steady diet of sugar—from soda, candy, and even fruit juices. When enamel wears away, the teeth become vulnerable to decay, cracks, and discoloration.

Sugary foods that are especially harmful are those that get trapped in the spaces between teeth and the tiny pits and cracks in the molars. Candies that are chewy or hard can lodge in these spaces and allow for the adverse sugar to have direct contact with enamel until brushing occurs.

Be sure to brush after each meal and before bed. Furthermore, remember to floss or use a water irrigating method to dislodge food particles trapped in spaces. By eating well, brushing properly, flossing regularly, and avoiding foods that stick to your teeth, you can have a beautiful smile for life.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, the dental health of our patients is always a top priority. Our services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants and porcelain veneers. 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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Chronic Sleep Problems?

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If you feel tired and sluggish during the day, and your bed  partner tells you that you snore, you may have a conditiion call sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are treatable at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

What is sleep apnea? It’s a potentially health-threatening condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you have two or more, it’s time to get some answers.

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This form is present when a patient has both of the other two types.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, help is just a phone call away. It is one of the conditions we treat at Kenneteh Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer 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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6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, and they continue to play a critical role in cosmetic dentistry at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for many common dental problems:

  • An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
  • A broken tooth
  • A tooth with acute decay
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that inhibits a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. Plus, a crown can save a tooth from extraction and ensuing bone loss.

Cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. We also provide dental implants, porcelain veneers, and other services. 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 Do You Measure Dental Success?

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How do you measure “dental success?” A check-up with no cavities? A perfect smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth? To our patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, it could mean all those things and more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities, learning daily dental hygiene practices, and gaining an understanding of why it’s critical.

For a young adult who is hesitant to smile because of misaligned teeth, dental success could be measured by successful orthodontic treatment resulting in a beautiful smile that restores confidence and boosts self-esteem.

For a middle-aged man who neglected his teeth in his youth, dental success could be defined as restorative dentistry that stabilizes his dental condition and improves his oral health.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, dental success may be as manageable as quick in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider a man with a missing tooth. Dental success might mean a natural-looking dental implant that allows him to smile without hesitation.

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health?

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our goal is your complete satisfaction. We are enthusiastic about providing patient-focused general dentistry of the highest standard. We look forward to discussing your goals. You could be our next success story!

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 My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is a critical question occasionally asked by patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. The dentist’s answer, however, is “No!”

Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is extremely challenging to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you do. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding often stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (early gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. It is definitely not something to be taken lightly.

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could result in gum disease. The good news is that, unlike dental caries, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is important to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever you decide on, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers and dental implants. 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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Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay

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Hello! Welcome to our dentistry blog. This message from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City concerns fluoride and children’s dental health.

When we examine a patient for the first time, we can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.

Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental visits keep teeth healthy and protects teeth from dental caries.

However, this mighty element also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the critical enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, sufficient fluoride is indispensable.

If you have babies and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming.

The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:

More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.’

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry.

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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Save Money With Dental Implants

San Francisco Tooth ImplantsQ: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?

A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many of our patients at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City don’t understand, after they’ve lost a tooth, how important it is to replace it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem.

In fact, some people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf notes…

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if you receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To find out more about the benefits of dental implants, call Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also provide general dentistry. Schedule a consultation 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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Makeovers For Busy Smiles

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Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Kenneth Hovden DDS put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at Kenneth Hovden DDS is quicker than you think. Some procedures such as teeth whitening can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many people who want to have their teeth corrected, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, invisible braces, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a successful minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can correct chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we create sensational smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. It’s your turn! 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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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse. For people who have lost a tooth, it’s a serious issue, but dental implants from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City can address it.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This essential process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a brilliant smile! Schedule a consultation with Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. We also offer porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic 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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