Trucker attempts to remove own tooth while driving!

This summer, Canadian police pulled over a big rig truck that was swerving erratically on Toronto’s highway 402 – only to discover that the driver had been preoccupied by trying to pull his own tooth! The truck driver had tied one end of a piece of string around his painful tooth, and…

"What order will my child’s permanent teeth grow in?"

Q: My daughter is six, and she’s just growing in her first permanent tooth. Is there any way to know what order her other permanent teeth will grown in? A: While we can’t always know the exact order that the thirty-two permanent teeth will grow in, they usually follow a fairly predictable…

What’s the history of dental floss?

Commercial dental floss was first manufactured in 1882 made of silk. In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope to scale the prison wall and escaped! Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971…

Indian dentist treats an elephant’s tusk

Over the past 5 years, an elephant named Devidasan had developed a 19-inch crack in one of his tusks. CV Pradeep, a professor at the PSM dental college in the town of Kerala, India, decided to fill the cracked tusk, using the same resins he would use to fill a cavity in…

"Is it possible to have gum disease without any warning signs?"

Q: Is it possible to have gum disease without any warning signs?A: Yes, it is. That’s just one of many reasons why it’s so important to have regular dental checkups! Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and it’s completely reversible! Many factors increase your risk of developing gum (AKA periodontal)…

"Are cigars not as bad for your teeth as cigarettes?"

Q: I’ve heard that cigars aren’t as bad for your teeth as cigarettes. Is this true? A: Absolutely not. Cigars and cigarettes are both very bad for your teeth and overall health. Cigar smokers, just like cigarette smokers, are at risk for gum disease, as well as mouth and throat cancer and…

Can there be a link between breast cancer and periodontitis?

It’s possible. Now there is a study that adds breast cancer to the list(Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, October 19, 2010). Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and…

I’ve heard some people saying I should be brushing my tongue. Why?

Q: I’ve heard some people saying I should be brushing my tongue. Why? A: You should certainly be cleaning your tongue on a daily basis. The tongue is home to many bacteria that are involved in periodontal problems, tooth decay, plaque, bad breath, as well as many systemic health problems. Dead bacteria…

"What is this white webbing in my mouth?"

Q: Recently I’ve had this strange white stuff on the inside of my cheeks. It’s bumpy and it kind of looks like lace. I spoke with my doctor and he said it’s probably something called lichen planus. What is that? A: It’s good that you’ve spoken with your doctor. With a problem…

"What is baby bottle tooth decay?"

Q: I’ve heard of something called baby bottle tooth decay. What is that? Is there something in the plastic or rubber of the bottle that will decay my child’s teeth? A: While there is nothing about the bottle itself that leads to tooth decay, many children develop cavities after feeding from a…

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