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.

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

Use Five Fingers for Quick and Healthy Flossing in Daly City

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5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time, thanks to Kenneth Hovden DDS, on the web at

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with mouthwash for fresh breath when I speak – that is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association suggests you start with about 18 inches. About 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” the floss for a new section for the next tooth’s edges.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long-term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the commitment now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden DDS. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.

Use those fingers to dial our number for a consultation: 650-755-6000, or meet us online:

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Kenneth Hovden DDS aids in a variety of ways with your dental needs.

TMJ treatment
Restorative dentistry
Sleep apnea and snoring

One of our specialties is cosmetic dentistry. If you need porcelain veneers or dental implants, then we are your best friends. Our staff members are trained to be courteous, responsible, respectful and focused.

Currently accepting patients from all over: San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, as well as Pacifica.


Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS – Passionately Pursuing Excellence
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015