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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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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No matter what age you are, dental exams are a key practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health.

Knowledge is Power
Sometimes people put off their dental exams because they aren’t all that important. But exams are truly one of the best methods for preventative dental care.

At each check up, we will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, they receive a thorough analysis. They will be inspected for any decay, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is crucial so you can make sure that they don’t turn into larger issues.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, we detail what is required moving forward. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we offer comprehensive general dentistry, and special services like sleep apnea treatment. 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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Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. While you can switch up what you call them, at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we advise you to never switch up a well-engrained oral health routine.

Practicing proper oral hygiene daily with pay off throughout your life. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath.

By brushing your teeth twice every day, you remove the plaque that causes cavities. Plaque is that soft and sticky film that builds up on your teeth, a process that happens around the clock. It’s caused by food debris and bacteria.

It’s just as important to floss at least once a day. Flossing gets the plaque between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.

Scheduling twice-yearly checkups at our office is also very important. Regular checkups can prevent cavities and gum disease. Each checkup also includes an oral cancer screening.

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime! At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. Our services include general and restorative 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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A Noteworthy Dental Experience

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience, and for all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. 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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Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we see more cavities in our patients than we would like to. Cavities are far too common in the United States, and there is a tendency to consider them inevitable.

Cavities happen when certain types of bacteria produce acids in the mouth. These acids destroy the enamel of a tooth, as well as its underlying dentin. Holes in the enamel are cavities.

If you’ve got a toothache or new sensitivity in your teeth, or if it hurts when you chew, then you may have a cavity. Call our office so we can get it filled.

Prevent Cavities

To keep your teeth from developing new cavities, we recommend the following three things:

  • Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride. Most municipal water supplies contain fluoride. Also, make sure it’s in your toothpaste. Not all toothpastes have it.
  • Get dental sealants. We can paint sealants onto your teeth – the back teeth in particular. Sealants act as an added layer of protection for your teeth. You’ll still need to brush!
  • Have regular checkups. Seeing us for a cleaning and checkup every six months means we’ll find any new decay early, and treat it.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. We offer complete general dentistry, and specialties like snoring and sleep apnea treatment. 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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Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and a tossed salad? A cholesterol test that shows your arteries are looking good? If you pictured a white, healthy smile free of cavities, Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City salutes you.

Essential Dental Health

Brushing your teeth every day is essential to good dental health. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s the best way to keep plaque from building up on your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky film that is formed by bacteria and sugars, and coats the surface of your teeth. It’s a constant process; the stuff is always forming. That’s why you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. It’s important to remove it because plaque is what causes cavities.

Two Minute Warning

Try to brush for two minutes! Some people find that challenging. You can use a timer to help, or listen to some music to take your mind off the brushing. That way the time will fly by, and you may even go beyond that two minute minimum.

We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury is out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Healthy living really does start with your smile! At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. We offer 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for prime dental health. However, some people worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a couple days after your dental cleaning, don’t worry about it. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to return to our office so we can check you for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, so it’s something we take very seriously. It responds best to treatment when it’s caught in the early stages.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, our services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. 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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Smile Perfection

San Francisco low cost teeth whiteningAt Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we create perfect smiles for our smile makeover patients.
Here are some of the cosmetic dental procedures we use in smile makeovers.

Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are the ultimate tooth restoration. A dental implant consists of a metal post that is inserted into your jawbone. The post replaces the root of the missing tooth.

After a few months, it fuses with your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for an artificial tooth. For most patients it is the preferred restoration. Implants can also be used to attach dentures and partial dentures for innovative no-slip implant/denture combos.

Dental Crowns
A mainstay of cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns are more beautiful than ever. New fabrication technologies and materials have improved the aesthetics and durability of this restorative option.

Veneers
A veneer is a more conservative treatment than a full crown. This is a good choice for men and women whose teeth are structurally sound but have unsightly issues such as discoloration, chips, cracks, or imperfect shape.

Inlays/Onlays
Inlays and onlays (indirect fillings) are designed and developed using dental CAD/CAM software. These fillings are strong, attractive, and precisely fitted to the cavity.

Tooth Whitening
Teeth whitening is the crowning touch for a sensational smile. (It’s the only thing you need if you are fortunate enough to have perfectly-shaped and aligned teeth.)

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we offer general and 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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How Tooth Brushing Prevents Gum Disease

Daly City Teeth BleachingWhy should everyone brush at least twice a day? Those of us at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City will use this post to discuss why it is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and impedes the build-up of plaque.

If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in it will mix with the plaque. This mixture forms an acid that immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums loosen from the tooth.
  3. Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gum disease can be reversed most easily in its earliest stages.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we offere a full range of general dentistry services, as well as dental implants and other procedures. 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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