Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
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Bad breath, or halitosis, can have various causes, with microbial deposits on the tongue being a major source. Brushing the tongue has shown a significant reduction in bad breath. Causes include reduced saliva flow in the morning, certain foods, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dental issues, dry mouth, tobacco use, dieting, dehydration, and certain medical conditions. Consult with Dr. Melanie at Wilshire Dental who can help pinpoint the cause of bad breath for individual patients and recommend a treatment to help eliminate bad breath.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Plaque, a mix of food, bacteria, and saliva, sticks to your teeth and can lead to tooth decay. If not removed, it turns into tartar, harming gums and bones, and causing gum disease. Remember to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and after meals if brushing is not possible.
Amalgam (silver) fillings, made of mercury and other metals, have raised safety concerns. Only patients allergic to components may face issues. Despite mercury concerns, the American Dental Association (ADA) states that mercury becomes inert in amalgam and that amalgam fillings are safe. The CDC, WHO, and the FDA all support this position. Alternative filling materials like composite, porcelain, and gold are available in Santa Monica, and patients are advised to discuss these options, which may be considered more aesthetic, with their dentist.
Dr. Melanie and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend seeing your dentist for a dental exam and cleaning every six months to maintain good oral health. Regular check-ups help prevent dental issues, detect problems early, and ensure proper hygiene. Some patients may require more frequent visits to the dentist.
Common signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums that may bleed during brushing. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, characterized by gum recession and pocket formation between teeth and gums. Regular dental check-ups at Wilshire Dental are essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Melanie for personalized advice based on your specific symptoms and oral health.
Dental floss is crucial for oral hygiene as it removes plaque and debris between teeth, areas where toothbrushes can't reach effectively. This helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Regular flossing promotes healthier gums and contributes to overall dental well-being. Schedule a dental check-up with Dr. Melanie today!
Cosmetic dentistry enhances your smile by addressing aesthetic concerns. Procedures like teeth whitening remove stains, while veneers correct chips or gaps. Tooth bonding repairs minor imperfections, and orthodontic treatments like Invisalign clear aligners make teeth straighter. Gum contouring reshapes uneven gum lines for a harmonious smile. These procedures contribute to a more confident and aesthetically pleasing appearance, boosting self-esteem. Scheduling regular check-ups with cosmetic dentist Dr. Melanie at Wilshire Dental can ensure personalized recommendations for your unique needs, fostering a healthy and attractive smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells custom-made to cover the front surface of teeth, enhancing their appearance. They are crafted from durable, tooth-colored material, resembling natural teeth. Veneers can address various cosmetic issues, such as discoloration, gaps, misalignment, or chipped teeth. The application involves minimal tooth reduction, and the result is a brighter, more uniform smile. Veneers at Wilshire Dental in Santa Monica provide a long-lasting solution for achieving a radiant and aesthetically pleasing smile with minimal impact on tooth structure.
For stained or discolored teeth, consider professional teeth whitening procedures, either in the office or at home. Both of these methods from Wilshire Dental use safe bleaching agents to lighten teeth and remove stains. Maintaining good oral hygiene, limiting stain-inducing foods and drinks, and regular dental cleanings also contribute to a brighter smile. In severe cases, cosmetic options like veneers or bonding can address persistent discoloration and provide lasting results. Call us today to learn more!
Dr. Melanie & her staff are the most kind and accommodating group. My family & I have been coming to her for many years and each time we are so happy with their gentle service. Going to the dentist has never been so stress free. I can’t imagine ever going anywhere else!
If you are looking for the best dentist in Santa Monica, you have to see Dr. Melanie at Wilshire Dental. She is the best dentist - fun, trustworthy and thorough. I always feel great going to the dentist now.
Dr. Melanie is hands down one of the most trustworthy dentists around. She truly cares about her patients and always takes the time to make sure to thoroughly go over everything with you. I have now been a patient with Wilshire Dental for over 6 years. If you are looking for a dentist you can trust, look no further make an appointment at Wilshire Dental today!
Been going here for 10+ years. Always been great. Dr. Schlang is a fantastic dentist with cheerful bedside manner. She also has excellent hygienists (I think that's what you call them?) and awesome receptionists. They're always on time (in my experience) and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great dental office on the Westside.
I just went to Wilshire Dental for the first time and was extremely pleased with my experience. Everyone is SO nice. Dr. Melanie is super thorough and personable. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone and everyone.
I’ve been coming here for a few years now and it’s the best dentist in Los Angeles. The staff is always so sweet & friendly. I always leave happy with my cleaning!
Dr. Schlang, the front office and the technicians have all been professional, flexible, personable, and reliable. Any time I’ve had a dental emergency or needed to reschedule they would accommodate me same day without issue. I have been going to this practice for a few years now and would recommend this dental practice to anyone looking for dental care.
Wilshire Dental in Santa Monica is amazing. Dr. Melanie is the best dentist and her staff are so caring and thorough. The office is beautiful and so easy to get to right on Wilshire. I highly recommend!
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Melanie for almost ten years. The office is open on Saturdays and that is very convenient and makes it easier to keep up with my cleanings and check-ups. Doreen always explains the billing and provides an estimate before any dental treatment. The staff here are always welcoming and provide excellent dental services.
The name should be Gentle. This is the nice place to get your teeth fixed. I recently had a cavity, and called them up. I was in and out in a flash with a great big smile. I recommend Wilshire Dental to my family and friends.
I love that Wilshire Dental takes my PPO dental insurance because they provide the best dental care in Santa Monica. I love everything about this office and highly recommend.