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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman

Dentistry
Ehrenberg, AZ
40 years experience female

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Dr Holtzman is a full time researcher and specialist in Dental Public Health. She left private practice to pursue a career in academics and research in oral health promotion and disease prevention.She currently pursues research to prevent tooth decay and improve dental health across the lifespan.

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Mannitol an sorbitol: Mannitol and sorbitol are commonly used sugar substitutes. Though they are less cariogenic than sugar containing gums, they are not non-cariogenic.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
A sore on the gum: Root canals can fail for many reasons including fractures of the tooth or the bacteria getting into the filling material that fills the space previous... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Tooth decay: The root is usually protected from decay causing bacteria by the gum. If the gum recedes, often from brushing up and down ( not gentle wiggles with a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Soft cleans better!: Soft toothbrush bristles bend easier and are able to get into the nooks and crannies on and between the tooth and gum. The key is angulating the toot... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Neither cosmetic nor esthetic dentistry are specialties of dentistry. Hopefully all dentists provide esthetic dentistry!
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
It depends.: Which material is best for your child depends on whether this is a baby tooth or one of the permanent teeth, and how big the filling will need to be. ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
It's complex!: There are many different sealants, but generally two types: resin and glass-ionomer cement. However, each of these types can have many different formu... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and s... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a dentist: You can't get rid of cold sores, but you can control them. It might be something else, so see your dentist or physician for a definitive diagnosis and... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Carious dentin: The dark shadow that can appear under the enamel when the tooth is wet is decayed dentin. The tooths surface may even look intact. The yellow under t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
They're the same.: Dental caries is the more technical term for tooth decay.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sort of-: Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat. The end product of that metabolism is acid. The acid d... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not enough children: Though dental sealants are effective at preventing tooth decay many children still don't have them! only about 33% of children in the us have dental s... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
White or clear: Dental sealants are most often tooth colored ( white) or clear. However, one manufacturer has a sealant that is pink until it gets hard, and other typ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
It doesn't.: Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol- which means that it's a sugar substitute often added to gum. Some bacteria in the mouth can metabolize sorbitol. Though n... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Probably new ones: If it hasn't been too long, and your orthodontist still your old models, they may be able to use them. But since teeth move, it's more likely that the... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Mouth bacteria: Cavities happen when acid making bacteria that live in your mouth, get something to eat ( they especially love carbohydrates) and are able to settle i... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Demineralization: Dental caries is the result of bacteria settling onto teeth and metabolizing the foods you eat. The end product of that metabolism is acid. When the p... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Every time you eat: Food or beverages can slip in under the retainer. This could lead to tooth decay or painful gums. Clean your retainers after every time you eat or dri... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes!: Dental schools can be a great place to go for care at a reduced fee. It can take a long time as the students are closely supervised. And it's not free... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not in the mouth: Though ozone has had promising lab results, there doesn't see to be reliable evidence that application of ozone gas to the surface of decayed teeth st... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
White or clear: Dental sealants can be tooth colored (white), clear . However one makes a pink sealant that turns white when it gets hard, and another makes one that ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
A type of root canal: Root canals are usually done by making a hole in the top of the tooth - giving the dentist access to the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth.-to cle... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Bacteria on tongue: Bad breath is most often produced by bacteria in at the back of the tongue. The stomach rarely results in bad breath except when there are specific di... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Proper development: Teeth erupt in a specific sequence to allow children to develop bones, muscles, and speech normally. Teeth are important in not only eating and learn... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sure!: Endodontists remove the nerve of the tooth usually because the nerve has died and there is an infection. The usually make a hole in the top of the too... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes!: Braces are attached to your teeth, but some times teeth can be straightened with appliances that are removable.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Just hype: Silver fillings are a great value: they are the strongest, longest lasting and least expensive of the filling materials. Despite lots of studies, th... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Clean the tongue: To get rid of bad breathe, brush and and clean in between teeth after eating and, clean the entire tongue -as far back as you can tolerate- with a ton... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a dentist: Teeth can hurt for a lot of reasons- not always dental. So you need to figure out what the cause of the pain is. The best way is to see a dentist.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Dark,long tastebuds: Hairy tongue happens when some of the taste buds on the top of the tongue get very long and discolored. The discolorations can come from food, tobacco... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Around 12 baby teeth: There can be quite a variation in tooth eruptions. Generally the bottom front teeth come in around 6 months of age by age 14 months, all 8 front teeth... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Cavities are complex: Dental caries is the result of acids demineralizing the tooth, though some people seem to be more vulnerable. Acids come from bacteria metabolizing th... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Removes tooth nerve: The goal of root canal therapy is to clean out the infected nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth. Removing that tissue will control the infection.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Usually, not always: Dental sealants usually last, but not always. Some just come out (within a few days of being placed), other times they come out with sticky foods or c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Hard to know!: Invisalign is a technique best for minor movements for teeth- and can be provided by both orthodontists and general dentists. However, orthodontists a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes.: The goal of root canal therapy is to clean out the infected tissue inside the tooth. Removing that tissue will control the infection. There are differ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
See your dentist: Dental sealants on healthy teeth prevent cavities or if placed on small cavities it prevent the cavity from getting bigger. On a healthy tooth, if the... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Depends: Some products have 10%, others 16% and still others 37% carbamide perioxide.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Looking at the bite: A dentist will look at the bite- how the back teeth come together and the positions of the front teeth- and then will look at an xray of the jaws' rel... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes, but why chew it: Sure... You can by lots of chewing gums that contain sugar, not artificial sweeteners. Buy why would you? Sugar containing gum can lead to tooth decay... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
It depends: Different people respond differently to the carbamide peroxide. You should notice a difference in a week or two.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Early- white spots: Baby bottle tooth decay is now called early childhood caries, since a child doesn't need to be using a bottle to have it. The earliest signs are white... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not at all: If the filling isn't broken - why replace it!
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes, they will wear.: Dental sealants are softer than tooth enamel so if you grind your teeth, the top of the sealant will wear away. However, the sealant will stay in the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sealants won't help: Sealants cover pits and fissures of teeth to prevent bacteria from getting into those areas- or prevent the bacteria that are already in those areas... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sometimes.: The materials used for dental sealants stick to tooth surface but won't stick to metal fillings. Some times dentists place dental sealants next to fil... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Stress?: People clench their teeth for lots of reason- often stress related. During the day you can put your tongue on the roof of your mouth when you find y... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Probably not: Costs for dental care can very dramatically- usually reflecting the costs of operating the business in that particular area. Most dental practitioners... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Location: Wisdom teeth are regular teeth-- they're just the ones in the back- the 3rd molars.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Holtzman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Holtzman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Yuck! Mine sore to out soft food to chew - 4 day post
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Good because I was gonna kiss my boyfriend and I don't want him to kiss this
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Southern California School of Dentistry
Graduated 1982MD

Awards

2010 USC Good Neighbor Volunteer Award, Faculty/Staff Volunteer Category
2010 Best Overall Basic Science Paper award, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
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