Culver city dentist "What’s the difference between tartar and plaque?"

Q: What’s the difference between tartar and plaque?A: Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth every day. It is colorless and sticky, and it can be brushed away with a regular toothbrush. Tartar (also known as calculus) is a mix of minerals and the bacteria that plaque…

Dental restorative materials: ADA chart

The American Dental Association has a very helpful online chart about the different dental restorative materials available. The chart explains the different uses, benefits and potential complications of using all-porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloys and base metal alloys. Before you have a procedure done, it’s good to be well-informed about…

"What are these painless cracks in my tongue?"

Q: I have cracks in my tongue. They’re not painful, but they are pretty deep. I’m not sure when I first noticed them, but they’ve been there a long time. What are they? A: You probably have what we call a fissured tongue, also known as “lingua plicata,” “plicated tongue,” “furrowed tongue”…

"What are these hard, bony growths in my mouth?"

Q: For as long as I can remember, I’ve had two hard, bony lumps under my tongue, on my jaw behind my teeth, one on each side. I asked my dentist about it years ago, and I think he said they were called tori. What are they? A: Tori are bony growths…

"Is tongue-splitting safe?"

Q: I have a tongue piercing and I’m interested in getting my tongue split, so it will be forked. I’ve always thought that tongue-splittings look really cool. Is tongue-splitting safe? A: No dentist is ever going to recommend that you get a tongue-splitting. Without going into a lot of scary details, getting…

"Space maintainers: What are they, and how are they used?"

Q: What are space maintainers, and how are they used? A: Children sometimes lose their baby teeth earlier than they should, by injury, tooth decay or in other ways. When that happens, their remaining teeth sometimes crowd together to fill the gap. Then when their adult tooth finally starts to grow in,…

"Is the sugar alcohol in sugarless gum bad for my teeth?"

Q: I’ve heard that chewing sugarless gum is good for my teeth, but my favorite sugarless gum says it contains something called sugar alcohol. Is sugar alcohol bad for my teeth? A: Don’t worry about sugar alcohol. If a gum says it’s sugarless then it’s not bad for your teeth, even if…

"Is getting gum treatment while I’m pregnant safe for my baby?

Q: Is getting gum treatment while I’m pregnant safe for my baby? A: In the past dentists would have advised pregnant women against gum treatment, but now we know that pregnant women can be treated for their gum disease without having to worry about it affecting the health of their babies. In…

"Is your Culver City dental office open in the night/evening?"

Q: Is your LA dental office open in the evening? With my work schedule, it’s hard for me to make appointments during the day. A: Our office in Culver City is open weekday evenings by appointment, and we’re also open some Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. We know your time is valuable,…

"What Denti-Cal services are covered for adults in Los Angeles needing a dentist?"

Q: I know that Denti-Cal changed what is covered for adults. What’s covered now? A: The California Medi-Cal Dental Program (Denti-Cal) changed its policy for adults in 2009. Patients who are over age 21 are no longer covered for regular dental care, but they are still covered for all emergency services. Denti-Cal…

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