Dr. Thomas Stelmach

Cosmetic Dentistry
Beverly Hills, CA
41 years experience male

Locations

Tom Stelmach, DDS, Inc

Beverly Hills, CA

Address

8920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 625, Beverly Hills, CA
Directions

Practice website

About

Bio

I'm a native Californian. Born and raised in San Diego. Undergrad at UCSD. Dental school at UCLA. Interests: I'm a painter and a metal sculptor. I'm also constantly doing renovations and improvements on my 1925 Tudor house. Additionally - I'm a marathon runner, cyclist, and a skier (both snow and water).

Specialties
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Cosmetic Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

151 Answers
42 Agrees
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Yes: Poor dental health can make it hard to regulate blood sugar levels. There is a correlation between high blood sugar and high LDL cholesterol.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Many: Any incidence of high fever during tooth development can cause tooth discoloration. Usually blotchy white spots.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
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Bacterial action: Tooth decay is a breakdown in the structure of a tooth that is cause by bacteria breaking down food material and releasing acids when they metabolize ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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Professionally Bleac: The toothpastes marketed for bleaching teeth aren't very effective because the concentration of peroxide isn't very high and you don't brush for very ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Diabetics are very sensitive to infection because it makes it very difficult to regulate blood sugar levels. As said, chronic periodontal infections w... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Depends on tooth: Needing to have a tooth retreated puts you in a different category since root canal treatment is largely successful. The average cost of re-treatment ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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NO: Artificial sweeteners don't have anything in them to support bacterial metabolism. Bacteria that cause decay love sugar and so they metabolize it and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Oral care philosophy: Dr. Bonner is describing a way for oral health to be improved with nutrition and proper oral hygiene techniques. Better oral health equates to better ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Bleaching...: It depends on how and where your teeth are discolored. If they are generally yellow or yellow/brown then bleaching will be successful. If they are gra... Read More
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Yes: Using both is a bit excessive but can't really hurt.
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Not much: There are some changes that can be found at a microscopic level but nothing serious. If properly done laser whitening won't harm your gums. The sensit... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
No: Tetracycline only discolors teeth when the teeth are developing.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Not Cancer: Palatal tori are mostly a genetic issue. 15% of the population have them. They are exacerbated by clenching and grinding your teeth. There is no corre... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Contact dermatitus: You are hypersensitive to one of the ingredients in this toothpaste. Switch to tom's of main - it has fewer irritants in it.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Prophy: Stain from Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is only on the surface of your teeth. It can easily be removed by a dental hygienist.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Oral cancer: Chewing tobacco is a leading cause of oral cancer.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Fungal infection: Usually caused by overuse of hydrogen peroxide. Another cause is overuse of antibiotics.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Locationally depend: It depends on where you live. You can either call your water provide and ask or you can probably look it up on line.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Pedodontist: You need to take your child to a pedodontist to treat the decay as soon as possible.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Almost the same: They are now found in both the mouth and genital areas at just about the same rate. They have the same mode of action and cause the same problems.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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See dentist: If your "capped tooth" is changing color it can be from two things: leakage under the crown and bacterial invasion, or the underlying tooth structure ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Similar: Pain from tooth decay is dependent on the amount of decay. If you are only getting sensitivity from the decay you are only causing dentin irritation. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Fungal overgrowth: You don't want to use hydrogen peroxide as a rinse on a daily basis. If you do you will eliminate the good bacteria in your mouth. A common side effec... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Switch antibiotic: The bacteria that are causing the swelling might be resistant to the antibiotic that you are taking. You need to go back to your dentist / endodontist... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
No: Baking soda doesn't whiten teeth.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Yes - in children: It only discolors teeth when the teeth are developing. If it's used in children the staining can be severe.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Zoom: Of all the whitening treatments the zoom uv bleaching system does the best job of whitening. Unfortunately it also causes the greatest amount of tooth... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Not intrinsic: Clarithromycin should not cause intrinsic staining. If you are getting staining it will be on the outside of the teeth and so it should be able to be ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
No: It depends on the level of brightness you desire, the number of teeth that show when you smile, and how dark your teeth are without them.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Rest of life: A night guard only runs interference between your teeth to prevent damage. People who brux their teeth will always brux just at different rates depend... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Yes: It is less likely to cause decay than fruit juices but it can still cause tooth decay.
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Try denture adhesive: If you have already tried drugstore temp cement you will need to clean it out of the temporary crown before trying the denture adhesive. See your dent... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
No: Doesn't promote tooth decay.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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No: There is no peroxide in banana peel so it can't bleach your teeth.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Yes: 22% is pretty strong. You want to be sure that you don't keep your bleaching trays in your mouth for more than 45 minutes, 30 minutes would be even be... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Lysterine Whitening: Listerine® whitening® restoring Fluoride whitening rinse.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Not really: As long as the pieces are small.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Short term fix: The acids in both peels will dissolve away stain as they are dissolving your tooth enamel. Not a good idea...
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Yes: If a night guard has been recommended for you - you are either clenching your teeth or grinding your teeth at night while sleeping. If you are grindin... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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Angry gums: The hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy cause your gums to be hyper reactive to any irritant. You need to keep your teeth as clean as possib... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
No: Gerd has a different causation. Peppermint oil is not a factor.
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Dr. Thomas Stelmach
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No: "bleeding puffy gums" need immediate attention by a dentist. Don't delay - this is serious.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Yes: Careful, thorough brushing will usually prevent staining. You should still have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Not much: Tooth whitening is most effective on the enamel. If you have worn off your enamel bleaching will be painful and less effective. If you can get past th... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Probably retainer: If your retainer is placing your tooth in a position that causes traumatic occlusion (interferes with your biting) it will cause your tooth to feel l... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Yes: As long as you carefully brush the tooth after eating you will be fine. If the tooth is still vital you will probably have a lot of sensitivity when e... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Failing crowns?: Have your dentist do a thorough check up to see if you have failing crowns or bridges.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
D. Anesthesiologist: Find a dentist who works with a dental anesthesiologist. This will be the safest way to get treatment without anxiety.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Perio Protect: The perio protect system uses custom trays with a peroxide gel. It's quite effective.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
41 years experience
Bleach: You can use your invisalign retainers as bleaching trays. Ask your dentist for some day white or equivalent tooth bleach and brighten your teeth.
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Mar 19, 2015
Great DDS!!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stelmach is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stelmach is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much. for your help. I will see my doct in 2 weeks. :D
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Dentistry
Graduated 1982MD

Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Dentistry, American Academy of Operative Dentistry
AAACD
Top Cosmetic Dentist, Second Place, National - Summer
2013
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