Healthy Teeth and Your San Francisco Diet

San Francisco Beautify Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local San Francisco residents. As your dentist, it’s my job to help you understand how to care for your teeth and to keep them healthy. Everyone in San Francisco knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires regular daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local San Francisco dental practice is also necessary to keep watch for cavities and to help you maintain proper dental hygiene. We often forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial for the health of your teeth.

A San Francisco diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local San Francisco foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

All foods increase the production of saliva. Saliva is important to healthy teeth because it helps to maintain the pH balance in your mouth. Maintaining this balance helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum and which brand to chew.

Just as certain diet choices in the San Francisco area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be detrimental. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay, leading to the need for dental crowns and fillings. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the San Francisco area, contact Kenneth Hovden DDS at 650-755-6000. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.  If you are interested in improving your smile with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers we also provide those services. Please call. We would love to hear from you.

-Dr. Kenneth Hovden


Wear A Crown In South San Francisco

Dental Crowns In South San Francisco

Some Daly City residents who have a weak or broken tooth may want to research dental crowns as a solution to improve their smile and overall oral health. A crown is really a cap or covering that is tooth-shaped and when it is in place, it will cover the portion of the covered tooth that is above the gum line.

Crowns can be made of metals, resin, ceramic, porcelain, or a porcelain-fused-to-metal material. Your Daly City area dentist will usually put in a temporary crown while a permanent crown is being created especially for your mouth in a dental laboratory.

Dental crowns have been used successfully in Daly City cosmetic dentistry for decades.

Many San Mateo County, South San Francisco, and Daly City dentists use crowns when performing smile makeovers to cover patient’s discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Strong, natural-looking crowns are also used with dental implants.

If you think a dental crown may be right for you, check with your South San Francisco dentist. Or, if you are searching for quality dental care in the South San Francisco area, call us here at Kenneth Hovden DDS. We are located in Daly City and have been serving the greater Daly City area since 1981. We are currently accepting new patients at our state-of-the art, yet warm and comfortable dental office.

Call us at 650-755-6000 and our professional staff can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, enamel shaping, or any other cosmetic dental, general oral health, or dental financing questions.


Kenneth Hovden DDS on Jaw Bone Deterioration

Dental Implants San Mateo County To remain dense, your jaw bone requires the continual stimulation and pressure of chewing, biting and talking. Each of your teeth has a root structure attached to the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates the bone to which the root is attached.

When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that previously surrounded the root structure begins to recede. Though tooth extraction is often the only possible treatment for our San Mateo County patients with tooth damage beyond repair, every effort should be made to preserve the root structure.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new root which keeps the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant consists of a titanium post which is placed in the jaw bone. It replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone. After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial teeth, or dental crowns, are then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

To learn more about dental implants, call Kenneth Hovden at 650-755-6000. The friendly professionals at Kenneth Hovden DDS provide world-class cosmetic dental treatment for patients in San Mateo County and the surrounding areas.