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Dr. Howard Andrew Katz, D.D.S.

Dentist

Dr. Howard Katz is a Dentist practicing in Pasadena, MD. Dr. Katz specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
39 years Experience
Dr. Howard Andrew Katz, D.D.S.
  • Pasadena, MD
  • Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Does an impacted tooth require surgery?

Not necessarily. Teeth that are fully impacted could stay in your mouth for the rest of your life without needing removal. If they are partially impacted, they tend to cause problems READ MORE
Not necessarily. Teeth that are fully impacted could stay in your mouth for the rest of your life without needing removal. If they are partially impacted, they tend to cause problems because of the flap over the tooth and the inability to keep the area clean. This teeth need to be removed preferably before you are 25.

Can my silver fillings be replaced with white fillings?

It would be a bad choice. Amalgam fillings are the safest, cheapest, strongest and longest lasting of any filling that can be placed. They could stay in your mouth without problems READ MORE
It would be a bad choice. Amalgam fillings are the safest, cheapest, strongest and longest lasting of any filling that can be placed. They could stay in your mouth without problems for 50 or 60 years. White plastic fillings leak and although they are fine for front teeth, they do not hold up well in the posterior teeth. Leave your fillings alone. You are wasting your time and money to replace them.

Are my medications staining my teeth?

Iron tablets will not stain your teeth. Liquid iron supplements will, but not the tablets. The stain is coming from something else. The teeth themselves do not get stained, it READ MORE
Iron tablets will not stain your teeth. Liquid iron supplements will, but not the tablets. The stain is coming from something else. The teeth themselves do not get stained, it is the plaque on the teeth that gets stained. Once you get your teeth cleaned, the stains will be gone.

What are the early signs of dental trouble?

Swelling and bleeding can be signs of gingivitis or gum disease. If it has been a while since your teeth were cleaned, gingivitis is the most likely cause of your problems.

After my tooth extraction, I have swelling in my face. Is it normal?

Swelling can last 3 to 4 days. If the teeth were infected, you should have been placed on an antibiotic.

How can I treat cold sores in my child?

They will go away on their own. For quick relief, a prescription for triamcinolone in orabase will stop the pain quickly and help promote healing.

Why do I have sensitivity in all my lower teeth?

Sensitivity on the lower teeth may have many causes. The most likely cause is that you are in hyper occlusion or there is premature contact between these teeth and the opposing READ MORE
Sensitivity on the lower teeth may have many causes. The most likely cause is that you are in hyper occlusion or there is premature contact between these teeth and the opposing uppers. This can be corrected by a minor bite adjustment.

Do teeth get affected during pregnancy?

The problem is not so much the teeth but the gums. Pregnancy gingivitis is pretty common and the gums have a tendency to retain more water and they become puffy and sometimes bleed. READ MORE
The problem is not so much the teeth but the gums. Pregnancy gingivitis is pretty common and the gums have a tendency to retain more water and they become puffy and sometimes bleed. It is important to keep up with your hygiene during your pregnancy and your teeth should be fine.

Will being on a liquid diet affect my teeth in any way?

Detoxing is actually one of the ridiculous scams brought on by the health food industry. There really is no concrete scientific evidence that detoxing is READ MORE
Detoxing is actually one of the ridiculous scams brought on by the health food industry. There really is no concrete scientific evidence that detoxing is valid. Your body naturally detoxes itself through the liver and kidneys.You are essentially wasting your money on any claims about detoxing products.Solid food helps keep your colon in good shape.Liquids will neither help or hurt your teeth.My opinion, eat a healthy diet, brush your teeth and floss and save your money on the detox scam and buy yourself a good book.

What are the ways to close the gap between two frontal teeth?

You can bond the teeth which is inexpensive or you can have them crowned which is more expensive.

How long after my extraction stitches are removed can I drink or eat?

You can eat and drink as soon as the numbness wears off. Avoid brushing and rinsing for the first 24 hours but you can eat and drink anything after the numbness is gone.

I had my wisdom tooth removed yesterday. When can I start eating solid food again?

You can eat solid foods right away. There are no real eating restrictions after the teeth are extracted.

What are the symptoms of a spreading tooth infection?

Tooth infections do not spread from tooth to tooth. They are infected individually through decay that reaches the pulp of the tooth. An infected tooth cannot make another tooth READ MORE
Tooth infections do not spread from tooth to tooth. They are infected individually through decay that reaches the pulp of the tooth. An infected tooth cannot make another tooth get infected.

Can braces get rusted?

Braces do not rust. They are made of stainless steel.

Is it bad that I leave food in between my teeth?

The food left between your teeth will lead to decay and inflamed gums. It is not OK to leave food lodged between your teeth. That just spells trouble from the start. The food breaks READ MORE
The food left between your teeth will lead to decay and inflamed gums. It is not OK to leave food lodged between your teeth. That just spells trouble from the start. The food breaks down to acid and allows bacteria to thrive. Two things that you do not want to be happening between your teeth.

What is the importance of using dental floss?

Floss breaks up calculus formation between the teeth. The brush cannot do this. You should floss once or twice a day.