How to stop your child from sucking their thumb

Los Angeles dentist Dr. Natalie Khadavi explains how to stop your child from sucking their thumb. This clip is taken from a talk that we gave to a group of parents and children at the YWCA in Santa Monica. Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website…

"Is it safe to have gum treatment during pregnancy?"

Q: Is it safe to have gum treatment during pregnancy? A: According to research recently published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, gum disease can indeed be safely treated during pregnancy. In fact, gum treatment appears to significantly reduce the chances of premature birth associated with periodontal disease. The University…

"What happens if I don’t replace a missing tooth?"

Q: I’m going to have a tooth pulled soon. The tooth is toward the back, so nobody will ever see it. I’d rather not spend the money to get a bridge or an implant. What happens if I don’t replace a missing tooth? A: Not replacing a lost tooth can have serious…

"Is it really possible to hear radio signals through your fillings?"

Q: Is it really possible to hear radio signals through your fillings? A: It’s a popular sitcom plot, and there have been many anecdotes about it happening in real life. (Perhaps most famously, I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball claimed it happened to her.) But as far as anybody has been able…

"Are infected gums always red?"

Q: My gums are very sore and maybe a little swollen, but they’re not red at all. Do infected gums have to be red?A: Infected gums are usually red or purple, but not always. The only way to know for sure what’s happening with your gums is to get them evaluated by…

"What can be done for an adult with a baby tooth?"

Q: I’m a young adult, but I still have one of my baby teeth. It’s in the front and it’s causing my other teeth to crowd together, but it’s not loose and I don’t want to have it pulled because there would be a visible gap in my smile. What can I…

Brushing your child’s teeth

Recently we visited the YWCA in Santa Monica to speak to a group of parents about caring for their children’s teeth. In this video we discuss how you can brush a child’s teeth for them, if they refuse to brush themselves. Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit…

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