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.


Daly City Prepless Veneers

Daly City Prepless Veneers One of the latest breakthroughs in Daly City cosmetic dentistry is prepless veneers. Though thousands of Daly City smile restoration clients who have received traditional dental veneers are happy with the results, some dental clients have delayed this procedure because they do not want to lose healthy tooth structure.

Prepless veneers are a less-invasive procedure for transforming smiles. New Kenneth Hovden DDS prepless veneers are incredibly thin shells which adhere to the face of teeth and require no removal of tooth enamel. Most prepless veneers are about the thickness of two pieces of paper. Because the color is built into the veneers (instead of being applied after fabrication), they look like your natural teeth–only better!

Our experienced Daly City ceramists are skilled artists. They create each custom veneer with the optimum shape, color and thickness for your new smile. Another great feature of the Kenneth Hovden DDS prepless veneers application procedure is that it requires no anesthesia or drilling.

If you are embarrassed by misaligned, discolored or broken teeth, prepless veneers may be a restorative dentistry solution that you can feel good about.

Call Kenneth Hovden DDS to learn more about Daly City prepless veneers. It is the first step toward your dazzling new smile!

-Dr. Kenneth Hovden

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


Tooth Ache Pain The Size of South San Francisco

South San Francisco Root Canals Can Alleviate Tooth Pain Patients often come into our Daly City cosmetic dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of South San Francisco’. I understand this kind of pain, and realize that when you describe it like that, it really hurts. I can help.

Toothache pain can be unbearable for anyone. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods, certain temperatures, and even talking. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

Around South San Francisco, the most common causes of a toothache include tooth infection, decay, injury, and loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted, or after a restorative dentistry oral surgery involving anything from a tooth or your jawbone.

I can help you better understand the source of your tooth pain, and in most cases can provide a nearly immediate remedy. In severe cases, we are equipped to council you on a variety of resolutions. Your pain may be fixed by root canals or just a simple filling.

Of course, the best way to avoid toothache pain is to visit your Daly City dentist often, and to care properly for your teeth including the regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, and just can’t stand it any more, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

-Kenneth Hovden, DDS

650-755-6000


Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum For Our San Mateo County Patients?

Cosmetic Dentistry In San Mateo County I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden DDS of Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. My San Mateo County dentistry clients often ask me if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular cosmetic dental exams.

Before I answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol:

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually good for your teeth. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that xylitol prevents the growth of the bacteria that initiates decay. It also reduces plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my San Mateo County diabetic patients enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. If my cosmetic dentistry patients complain about frequent dry mouth, I recommend Xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production without promoting tooth decay.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your South San Francisco family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental deep cleanings at your cosmetic and restorative dentistry clinic.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start. If you postpone San Mateo County dental visits until you feel pain, you risk losing teeth and most certainly will require more extensive treatment than if the problem was caught earlier. Is it time for a dental exam? Call us at 650-755-6000 to book an appointment. Our professional team is waiting to take care of all your dental needs.


Developing Good Dental Habits In San Mateo County

Cosmetic Dentistry San Mateo County

Benjamin Franklin once said:

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents in the Daly City area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will help them avoid the lifelong consequences.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay or the need for children’s cosmetic dentistry in San Mateo County.

I’m Dr. Kenneth Hovden, a dentist serving the Daly City area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a key indicator of future oral health, and I want to help parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the San Mateo County, South San Francisco, or Daly City area, give us a call here at Kenneth Hovden DDS. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about restorative dentistry or smile makeovers.

Our services include:

  • cosmetic dentistry
  • dental implants
  • restorative dentistry
  • sleep apnea and snoring treatment
  • TMJ treatment

Call today!

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