Dr. Susan Fredericks is a Dentist practicing in Woodland Hills, CA. Dr. Fredericks 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.
Education and Training
UCLA MPH 2016
UCLA School of Dentistry D.D.S. 1981
UCLA B.A. Biology 1977
Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S's Expert Contributions
The recommended time is a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom. Get a small timer for them and leave it in the bathroom. Tell them to set it for 2 minutes and brush. This makes it a game! READ MORE
It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you have gum disease, rinsing twice a day, once after breakfast and once before you get in bed is best. If you have chronic bad breath from post nasal drip, you might want to rinse 3 times a day...or more. Make sure you brush your tongue, too, as it often has lots of bacteria on it. Listerine rinse has essential oils in it that others don't. It's my favorite to prescribe, but there are a number of good ones. READ MORE
Tooth sensitivity is the number one complaint of patients. It can be caused by several issues. The most typical reason for sensitivity is gum recession and exposure of the root surface, that is not like enamel and has nerve ending that react to hot and cold and sweet/sour. Typically, if an individual tooth has decay, it can gradually start feeling more sensitivity. Since your questions referred to your molars, it could be you are grinding your teeth and this is the problem. The best resolution would be to have a check-up. READ MORE
This is a good question and a common problem. Maintaining good hygiene, while wearing braces can be a constant issue. Often, when braces are removed, patients notice discoloration, often in an outline of where the bracket was bonded on. You can either do in-office bleaching, use trays and apply the bleach yourself, or do both. Doing both will probably get the best results. You may not be able to completely resolve and get perfect blending of color, but it will be a great improvement. READ MORE
Losing all of your teeth and wearing full dentures is for most people, a very long miserable experience. Dentures are like popping in a plastic eyeball and saying this replaces your eye. Dentures replace only 10% of your chewing function. Lower full dentures are particularly awful, as they have no stability. The tongue is constantly moving them around and lifting them up. Adhesives are of little value. The best course is to try to save your teeth, at least some of them. There is a fairly new product out there the help the edentulous patient; it is the all on 4 implant retained denture. This is put in and not removable by the patient. The denture is attached to the 4 implants and does not press on the delicate lining of the mouth. The denture does not move around. Most patients are very happy with this treatment. The downside, it is costly. Even if you have dental insurance, it will cover only $2,000 out of approximately $22,000 per arch. The expectation is that the implants will last forever, the denture has a metal framework with a lifetime guarantee.....but the plastic teeth on the denture will need to be reset periodically. Most of the cost is upfront. It really is a quality of life issue. This treatment is so much better than the traditional denture . In answer to your sore gums.....try to wear the denture as little as possible....hardly a great answer, but a common problem, with no great inexpensive solution. READ MORE
Plaque build-up is more a question of individual body chemistry than anything else. Some patients could get their teeth cleaned 4 times a year with scrupulous care and hygiene and others, who are not susceptible to heavy build-up, once a year with marginal self-care. I know, it's not fair. Keep brushing and flossing, you can keep in good dental health, it will just be more work for you. READ MORE
Most people have surface cracks in the enamel of their teeth. For most people, it's not a problem and not noticeable. If patients drink a lot of coffee or smoke, these surface cracks can get stained and discolored. This is usually the problem. The simplest route would be to bleach the teeth, to make this less noticeable. However, bleaching becomes an issue that has to be maintained. The other solution is the veneer the front teeth. The veneers won't restain. This is a more expensive solution, but a more permanent one. READ MORE
If a tooth has a deep cavity, either into or close to the nerve of the tooth, it will likely need a root canal. If a large amount of tooth structure is decayed, in some cases it is better to extract the tooth and place an implant, or a bridge. The depth of the decay and the sensitivity or pain the patient is in, are the factors in determining whether a tooth needs a root canal READ MORE
The number one most common reason for sensitivity is recession of gums. This is very typical, especially with people who are adamant about good oral hygiene and scrub their teeth and gums hard. Try a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and brush more gently! READ MORE
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Lecturer UCLA School of Dentistry 2014 - Present
- Board of Directors West Hills Hospital 2018 - Present
- Teeth Whitening
- Smile Makeover
- Dental Implants
- Root Canal
- Implant Supported Dentures
- Dental Bonding
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Tmj Treatment
- Sedation Dentistry
- Tooth-colored Fillings
- All-On-Four Implant Supported Dentures
- California Dental Association
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Professional Member American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Professional Member American Dental Association
- Professional Member California Dental Association.
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Board Member, MEND Pacoima
Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S's Practice location
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- Everything You Need to Know About Dental Bridges
We often do not realize this, but our bodies are perfectly designed machines. Our jaws, for example, and the alignment of our teeth are designed perfectly for biting and chewing. Any change in the natural order could result in unfavorable consequences. Losing teeth is one such change that has less...
- Metal Taste in Mouth
Why does my mouth taste like metal?The perception of a metallic taste in the mouth is a symptom that can be found for several reasons. In some cases, this aftertaste depends on mild and transient conditions, sometimes it may be the warning of some more serious pathologies.Among the possible causes:...
- Magnolia Bark Extract Prevents Bad Breath
According to the results of a study published in, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, magnolia bark extract contains chemicals that may prevent bad breath or halitosis. These compounds, called magnolol and honokiol, kill the bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities.In this study, nine...
- New Herbal Patch May Help to Heal Canker Sores Faster
According to a new study presented at the 85th general session of the International Association for Dental Research, a novel over-the-counter patch containing licorice extract may help in the quick healing of canker sores. In this study 46 participants who had recurrent canker sores were recruited....
- Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, is an indicator of poor dental hygiene, but may also result from other health issues. The types of food you eat and your lifestyle habits strongly affect your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors, it is only normal that it changes the smell of your...
- Dealing with Lupus Mouth Sores
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