Don’t Be Afraid, Daly City! Show Us Your Smile!

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Some people don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos – none of these can coax a smile or laugh. If this person sounds familiar, then maybe you would like some information about complete smile makeovers.

Don’t be embarrassed! Plenty of San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay residents are hesitant to show their smile. The good news is that there is help.

Here at Kenneth Hovden DDS we provide cosmetic dentistry procedures for our San Francisco area patients who have issues such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, tetracycline stains, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many patients start with teeth whitening. This gets them on their way to a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly dramatic.

Other procedures that improve the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an experienced San Mateo, Pacifica, or Half Moon Bay orthodontist if necessary.

I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden and I am passionate about helping my patients enjoy healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more about smile makeovers in the San Francisco area, give us a call at 650-755-6000.

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California

How To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In San Francisco

How To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In San Francisco

Ouch! No San Francisco dental patient wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth, so today in the San Francisco Dental Blog we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; you should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry, San Francisco cinephiles) popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local San Francisco rec center basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, wear a mouth guard.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. So, talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist and try some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.

Be sure to keep your regular check-ups with your Half Moon Bay dentist, because your dentist can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth, such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage, such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Hi. I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Daly City. I practice general and cosmetic dentistry. My practice, Kenneth Hovden DDS, offers the following services:

Restorative dentistry
Sleep apnea and snoring treatment
TMJ treatment

If you are in the San Mateo, Pacifica, or Half Moon Bay area and are in need of dental care or have questions about teeth whitening or smile makeovers, please give us a call at 650-755-6000.

5 Tips For Half Moon Bay Residents With Mouth Sores

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Hi. I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden. When my San Mateo and Pacifica area patients get mouth sores, I advise them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you too can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food – plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

Cream soups
Hot cereal
Mashed potatoes

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. I know it’s no fun, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Eat only food that is at room temperature or is served chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can bypass the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. This can be done by adding sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

I hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore. If you are looking for a dentist in the San Francisco area, consider my practice, Kenneth Hovden DDS. We have been serving Daly City since 1981. Call us at 650-755-6000 to schedule an examination and consultation. We offer a complete menu of general and cosmetic dental procedures including:

Sleep apnea and snoring treatment
Restorative dentistry
TMJ treatment

You can also visit us on the web at

Call today!

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California

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Into the Thick of It – The Skinny on Toothpaste

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Welcome to our blog, Daly City! I’m excited about how much I have to share with you about toothpaste and oral hygiene in the short time we have together. Enjoy!

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive nature of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Rough brushing becomes unnecessary for Daly City dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering food particles and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty options?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, powerful toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for Daly City men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger. To treat halitosis, it is important to avoid periodontal disease and also to brush the far back of the tongue, where bacteria lurk. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious San Francisco residents for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another key dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing helps with averting bacterial growth, tooth decay and plaque buildup by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash simply adds yet another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Dr. Hovden and the staff at Kenneth Hovden DDS want to encourage a committed, consistent approach to dental hygiene. We are located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202, Daly City, California 94015.

If you need information about dental implants, restorations, veneers or crowns, call us today. If  dental implants
sound like something you would like to consider, call us today. If cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers have crossed your mind, we’re here.

We are proud to serve Daly City, California.

Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not, plaque can rear its ugly head in any Daly City mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Daly City resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail (that’s plaque). After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture, if you dare.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for San Francisco, San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay folks. We encourage anyone in the San Francisco area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment, but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces teeth whitening, and even dental implants may surprise you. At our Daly City cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring, TMJ treatment, Invisalign, Lumineers and any number of other dental services.

Kenneth Hovden has been serving the Daly City area since 1981. Call 650-755-6000 to schedule a consultation.


Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015

All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

Daly City Teeth Bleaching Will any of our locally advertised Daly City teeth whitening options remove the stains from your teeth?

The effectiveness of teeth bleaching in San Mateo depends partly on the types of stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for San Francisco men and women.

Intrinsic tooth stains develop from the inside out. Tooth injury and tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your Pacifica cosmetic dental office.

If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000. We have treated many Half Moon Bay patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

It is never too late or too early to brighten your smile.

Daly City seniors can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. San Francisco teens and young adults with surface stains can prevent them from becoming intrinsic stains with San Mateo tooth bleaching.

Speaking of the younger set, did you know that people who drink energy drinks are at risk for many dental problems?

Call us at 650-755-6000