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Dr. Gary Klugman

Dentistry
Salinas, CA
47 years experience male

Locations

Office

Salinas, CA

Address

935 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 7:30am - 4:30pm
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Blanco Circle Dental Care

Salinas, CA

About

Bio

(FICOI) Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists (MaCSD) Master, College of Sedation in Dentistry Distinguished Mentor to dentists, Center for Restorative Excellence Expert consultant to the Dental Board of California Conscious sedation evaluator for the dental board

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Languages spoken

Hungarian

Doctor Q&A

240 Answers
22 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Depends on how long: If it has been a couple of hours then it is probably normal. If it has been a couple of days then you need to go back to your dentist. You may have so... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Cover it: Depending on how bad it is, veneers may be needed. Sometimes you can make it better with tray whitening for a long time, or bonding. Any adult can ge... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Not normal: You should not still be in pain. You have some kind of complication. Go back to your surgeon.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
QID: The dentist probably wrote qid on your prescription for how you are to take the capsules. The is latin shorthand for 4 times a day. Usually people wil... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Probably not: Not enough information for a diagnosis, but there are a lot of possibilities besides cancer. You need to have a dentist take a look. Sounds like it'... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
No: No, most likely you got a little alcohol. That is not going to be a problem. If you drank heavily every day, that would be a problem. The other most l... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Depends: Depends on where they are and how developed they are. Sometimes removing the wisdom teeth is not necessary. Most kids have there wisdom teeth out at t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Take it easy: Ice packs to reduce swelling. Antiinflammatories for pain and swelling. Gauze to bite on to stop bleeding. Follow the instructions you will be given.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Do something with it: Dental infections have been associated with lower birth weight babies. You really do need to address this because even without the pregnancy the tooth... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Need more info: This is like saying my chair is broken, how can i fix it. It depends on the problem. Like gluing anything, the more surface area that touches the bett... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Remove all decay: Without knowing specifics, in general remove all decay, create some artificial retention if necessary, and bond the filling to the tooth if possible.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
It happens: It is common but doesn't need to happen with good home care. Likely they will shrink up with professional care and your good home care.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Should not be a prob: It is not unusual for a tooth to be sore for a few weeks. If a piece of the composite broke off it will have no negative effect on you or the baby. It... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Get it smoothed: It might after too long a period. Have the dentist that put it on should smooth it. It is quick, requires no anesthesia, and should cost nothing. In t... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Different tooth?: The tooth filled may not be the one that is sensitive. You may have something going on the same general area. New fillings can still be sensitive.... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Usually not done: Typically we will do elective treatment in the second trimester. Since you are past that we usually wait until delivery unless there is an emergency.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Possibly an allergy: Potentially there could be any number of things in the toothpaste causing an allergic reaction. One way to figure it out would be to use something lik... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Not really: Not normal. Swelling might be affecting it. Another possibility is a change in the height of your teeth ie. The distance from your chin to your nose. ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Decay prone: I can't explain why you like to dry your mouth, but i can tell you that a dry mouth makes it easier to get decay. Your saliva is your first defense ag... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Bite?: My best guess is trauma from your bite. Next best is allergy, finally something to biopsy. Check with your doctor for a diagnosis.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes: It works. Depending on why your teeth are sensitive. Toothpastes that say for sensitive teeth desensitize teeth. They use different formulas. One may ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Probably normal: Sounds about right. If you think things are getting worse rather than improving go back to the dentist.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Things can be done: Fluoride stain (fluorosis) does no go away. It makes the teeth look grey and like granite. Sometimes a nice improvement can be made with whitening tra... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Dentist: Start with a dentist. A simple dental cray should tell if there is something in the bone. If not they will recommend an appropriate specialist.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Possibly: I wouldn't rule it out. The heat, drying, and smoke irritation may be enough to cause sores in your case.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Lot of possibilities: If it is hard it could be a slow growing boney growth called a torus. If is it soft it could be swelling from a tooth abcess. There are a number of ot... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Not needed: Getting the Hepatitis B Vaccine is a good idea, but isn't needed for your dental procedures. You are unlikely to get hepatitis or any other infection ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
No: I have seen no study linking Fluoride to cancer. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral like calcium. Like other minerals taken in excess it is tox... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Cold sensitivity: Some people have complained about tooth sensitivity to cold. There is always the possibility of allergy.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Opposite of normal: Ideally your upper and lower teeth relate to each other in a certain way. For example your front upper teeth overlap the front lower teeth. A crossbit... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Not a problem: Sounds like a good idea as a reward for taking care of your teeth. Encourage your girlfriend to do the same.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Not worth it: Possibly depending the cause of the ulcers. The negative side-effects outweigh the potential benefits. The most likely cause is cancer sores. No matte... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
It should be fine: Avoid anything that would stain your white t-shirt, like red sauce, red wine etc. I think boiled goose would be fine, even though I have never heard o... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Abcess: It sounds like you are describing a dental abcess. A tooth or gum abcess can come to the surface and drain like a pimple. The draining helps prevent p... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes: Yes, most likely it will be enough time. Plan ahead. It is a popular time to get that done.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes, but: Yes, but longer than that you should seek help to speed the process. Rinse with salt water, 1/2 teaspoon to a warm glass of water to help clean the ar... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Lots of reasons: For some people it is built in neurologically, others it is a symptom of a disease. Some do it because of stress, some because their teeth don't fit t... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Should be OK: I can't tell you that you will not get a dry socket smoking or not. If you are comfortable and not bleeding, you should be able to smoke.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Will be ok: Expect the bottom teeth to come in as they would without the pacifier. The bite can be corrected later. Using the pacifier is self correcting. Peer pr... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Gums or bone: Gingivitis is just in the gums. Periodontitis is an infection of the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Pus: Pus has a metallic taste to a lot of people.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Should not: They don't need to. Even if there is an infection present you can get topical anesthetic or local anesthetic. If you are not comfortable let them know... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Bagels!: I like frozen cocktail bagels. The cold numbs the gums, the hard bread helps push the teeth out, and the kids seem to like working on it.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Probably normal: More than likely circumvallate papillae, large bumps on the tongue that are normal. (top line of the picture).
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Benedryl and Advil (ibuprofen): I don't see that every day, but as long as you are not having an allergic reaction, you can take benedryl and otc pain med like advil (ibuprofen). It ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
No: Crowning her baby teeth will not bother her or prevent normal eating. What is not normal is why does she needs this? It is not normal for a child of 3... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Call : Call your local poison control center. Tell them what mouthwash and how much. Keep the phone number handy for the future.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
No: Saccharine has a long history. It is not suspected of causing any tooth or gum problems.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes: Pierced? You should be fine. If it is a bar-bell use plastic ends. The metal ends break teeth.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Allergy: Possibly allergy to the mouthguard material.

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Mar 11, 2014
Dr Klugman has a vast fund of knowledge that allows for effectively contributing to this online community of health.
Nov 6, 2013
I have known Dr. Klugman for many decades. He is a fine dentist.
Mar 20, 2015
Great Doc!!
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! now i give my patient stop aspirin for 5 days before 1st appointment.should i give aspirin for few day then stop again before 2nd appointmen
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I had been to a dentist she said, it is because of biting in the night, it changes its shape on a daily basis after irritation.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This was the best answer I have yet received! Very precise and very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University
Graduated 1975MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Salinas, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Salinas, CA - Winter
2013
Top Dentist, First Place, Salinas, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Dental Assoociation
California Dental Association
Monterey Bay Dental Society
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