15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as essential as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription medications can increase your risk of dental caries.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated dental caries.
  7. Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as adverse for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. http://www.businessinsider.com/laser-stem-cell-tooth-tissue-regeneration-2014-5#ixzz3fzlosJDMTooth
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden of Kenneth Hovden DDS. I hope you have found today’s post interesting and perhaps even learned something new about your amazing teeth and some of the lesser-known risk factors for decay.

I am accepting new patients at my Daly City dental practice. I am committed to preventative dentistry and lifelong oral health. I advise my Daly City patients about restorative dentistry, sleep apnea and snoring and TMJ treatment. In addition, I offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services. If you are seeking a dentist in the San Francisco area, I invite you to schedule an appointment to meet me and my professional team.


Do You Have Sore Gums?

Every San Francisco dentistry patient’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are diligent about oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t affect your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems.

Gingivitis is the term for the mild gum disease. At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we routinely discover gingivitis in our Daly City, San Francisco, and San Mateo clients who are not even aware they have the condition.

The first signs of gingivitis are swollen, sore gums.

It is important for our dental patients to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the San Francisco area, call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000. Dr. Kenneth Hovden thoroughly exams teeth and gums and takes time to discuss the results and recommendations with each patient.

Kenneth Hovden DDS is a full-service dental practice at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 in Daly City. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for clients who live in Daly City and the nearby communities of San Mateo and San Francisco.

During your dentist consultation, we can discuss any cosmetic or restorative procedures in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to create perfect smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants and tooth bleaching. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who perform the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Schedule a dental consultation today by calling 650-755-6000 or visiting us online at http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/.


Crooked Teeth And Cavities

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Many dental patients in and around San Francisco hold the belief that orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist in the San Mateo, Pacifica, or Half Moon Bay area is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

The fact is that your ability to clean your teeth is enhanced when your teeth are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make important daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease frequently ensue.

If you are curious if your teeth are crowding or if your bite is not aligned, then you need to visit your Daly City dentist. Your dentist can evaluate whether or not you need to see an orthodontist, and then recommend one near you.

Also, if you feel that the appearance of your teeth is an issue, ask your dentist about a smile makeover. There are numerous innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures performed daily. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, crowns, and more!

Hello, my name is Dr. Kenneth Hovden. My professional local dental practice, Kenneth Hovden DDS, is located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202 in Daly City. I am enthusiastic about healthy, brilliant smiles. We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are in or around San Francisco, give us a call at 650-755-6000.

Our professional team can answer any questions you have about our top services, which are:

restorative dentistry
sleep apnea and snoring
TMJ treatment
Invisalign
Lumineers

We hope to see you soon!

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
650-755-6000
http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/services.php


To Chew Or Not To Chew In Daly City

Can Chewing Gum In Daly City Prevent Restorative Dentistry

Hello Daly City gum chewers, today we’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help prevent cavities? That’s the question we’re asking in today’s Daly City dental blog.

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can help remove bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gums with some alternative sweeteners have an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that reduce plaque buildup. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to any restaurants in the San Mateo, San Francisco, or Daly City area, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are a better option for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, choose a sugarless gum with xylitol to chew.

I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden, a cosmetic dentist in Daly City. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. My practice, Kenneth Hovden DDS, is located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202.

If you have any questions about how to improve your oral health, or if you would like to learn more about any of our cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and complete smile makeovers, give us a call today at 650-755-6000.

We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry. Call our professional staff today for an appointment!

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City California
650-755-6000
http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/services.php


What Does A Missing Tooth Say About You?

San Mateo Dental Implants For Missing Teeth When you meet someone in San Francisco who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?

Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.

Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:

I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”

A missing tooth can be a big deal.

Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are one of the procedures we routinely perform at Kenneth Hovden DDS to help our San Francisco clients regain the beautiful smile they once had. Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.

Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for San Francisco clients with broken or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening is a quick and affordable dentistry procedure in San Mateo that achieves dramatic results without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. Call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000 for more information about smile design and restorative dentistry.

-Dr. Kenneth Hovden


A New Reason To Eat More Fish In San Francisco

Your San Francisco Dentist Offers Dental Health And Diet Ideas Hello San Francisco cosmetic dental blog visitors, welcome to the Kenneth Hovden DDS blog. I am Dr. Kenneth Hovden.

I came across an interesting dental article on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ Author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of periodontitis.

Gum disease is a common dental issue for many San Francisco area folks. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. (You know what they say about Nature abhorring a vacuum.) This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. If periodontitis goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, I carefully measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarines made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

I don’t know many families in the Daly City area that regularly eat mackerel and herring. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at Costco, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

It is important to understand that diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease, however it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

If you have not been to your San Francisco dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new San Francisco area cosmetic and restorative dentistry clients at Kenneth Hovden DDS.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, smile makeovers, tooth-colored fillings or invisible braces, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California, 94015
650-755-6000
https://www.cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/dental-services/


I Evaluate Your Teeth – You Evaluate Kenneth Hovden DDS

Welcome To My Daly City Cosmetic Dentistry Practice Hello friends of Kenneth Hovden DDS. Welcome to my Daly City cosmetic dentistry blog. This site is for my patients and anyone in the South San Francisco area who doesn’t have a regular dentist.

I invite you to call 650-755-6000 to schedule an evaluation.

I’m not talking about an ordinary dental evaluation, although I will certainly examine your teeth and gums thoroughly and advise you on any necessary preventative or restorative dentistry needs. I invite you to perform your own evaluation of me and my dental practice.

I encourage you to evaluate:

  • My education, experience and cosmetic dental skill
  • The variety of services we provide at Kenneth Hovden DDS
  • My recommendations about your dental needs
  • Before and after photos of my smile makeover patients
  • My philosophy of preventative dentistry
  • The length of the wait time for your appointment
  • My office atmosphere and attentiveness of my professional dental team
  • All the extras that make your dental visits pleasant and comfortable
  • My ability to explain the technical details of procedures and characteristics of restorative materials
  • The many services available at Kenneth Hovden DDS including general dentistry, and sleep apnea treatment
  • My Kenneth Hovden DDS website at http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/

Fair enough? I will evaluate your dental needs and you can evaluate everything about me and my practice. I am confident that you will like what you find.

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California 94015
http://cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/


Energy Drink Warning For San Mateo County

Your South San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist Warns Against Energy Drinks Hello. I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden.

Welcome to my South San Francisco cosmetic dental blog. Today’s topic is energy drinks and the damage they can cause to your teeth. I am seeing more and more South San Francisco teens and adults with tooth enamel erosion caused by frequent consumption of sport drinks.

Most of these South San Francisco dentistry patients take good care of their teeth, brush and flush, and come into Kenneth Hovden DDS for a twice-yearly exam and deep cleaning. But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene.

Energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding substances. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

Perhaps, like myself, you have often noticed young people walking out of South San Francisco convenience stores swigging 32-ounce energy drinks. I am concerned that South San Francisco teens do not understand the serious dental consequences of frequent acid baths.

The following is from ABC Sports:

“Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia’s top sports dentists has warned. Dr. Brett Dorney says he has witnessed a huge increase in dental erosion since the Sidney Olympics, when he was the event’s deputy director of dental services.”

Here is an excerpt from a recent CNN Story:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

I need to add the caveat that soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can damage teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, we can restore your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry. Crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays can correct both structural and cosmetic problems.

Our phone number is 650-755-6000. If you are interested in re-designing your smile, come in for an exam and consultation. With cutting-edge cosmetic and restorative dentistry, we can repair acid-damaged teeth and dramatically increase your face value.


Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Daly City

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in Daly City If you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. Here are some factors to consider:

Cost
In the long run, It is less expensive to do it all at once. At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we are able to complete several restorative dentistry procedures in one visit. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment for most South San Francisco residents. We would be happy to discuss affordable dentistry financing options. Call us at 650-755-6000 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

Time
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are shorter than ever before. However, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants often require a short healing period.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to your Daly City dentist. You should also consider how your dental visits and necessary healing periods will impact your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
Kenneth Hovden DDS
901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
650-755-6000
https://www.cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/


Missing Teeth In San Mateo County? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

Dental Implants San Mateo County

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by your teeth, our professional team at Kenneth Hovden DDS can help you find the restorative dentistry procedure right for you. You could be a candidate for complete or partial dentures or dental implants.

A removable replacement for missing teeth, dentures can be made in advance and positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed. Our Kenneth Hovden DDS dental lab creates dentures that look just like natural teeth: attractive, healthy teeth.

If you still have some healthy, natural teeth, you can benefit from dentures without having your healthy teeth extracted.

Partial dentures fill in the gaps, replacing missing teeth to complete a smile. Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from moving. Many San Mateo County dental practices can complete these procedures in one day.

Many dental insurance providers cover most or all of the cost of dentures. Call us at Kenneth Hovden DDS and we can help you find out if your dental insurance covers dentures.

Another alternative for San Mateo County people with missing teeth is to receive dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed. However, not all Daly City area cosmetic dentistry patients are good candidates for implants. Call Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000 for a dental implant consultation.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

The combination denture/implant smile restoration solution is being used successfully by many San Mateo County dentists. It is usually more affordable than dental implant replacements for several natural teeth.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, improving your ability to eat and speak. If you are embarrassed to smile or laugh, it’s time to bring back your beautiful smile!

To learn more or to ask about dental financing options, contact our Daly City office today!

Dr. Kenneth Hovden
650-755-6000
Kenneth Hovden DDS
https://www.cosmeticimplantdentistryca.com/

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we provide advanced general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about clear braces, dental implants, restorative dentistry, and sleep apnea and snoring treatment.