Q: I suffer from dry mouth. What can I do about it?

A: Dry mouth – properly called xerostomia but often known as cottonmouth – is a common condition with many possible causes. Some of these causes, such as dehydration, are relatively simple conditions that are easily correctable. Other potential causes, such as untreated diabetes, are more serious. Xerostomia can also be a side effect of certain medications.

If you suffer from xerostomia, it’s important to drink plenty of water every day – at least eight full glasses. You can also stimulate the flow of saliva by chewing sugar-free gum containing xlitol. Avoid tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. If you’re using mouthwash, be sure to use one without alcohol. Saliva replacement gels are also available at many drug stores.

It’s very important to learn the cause of your dry mouth and treat it. Left untreated, xerostomia can cause serious problems. Dry mouth can lead to difficulty swallowing or speaking, and it makes you much more likely to develop cavities. If you suffer from dry mouth, visit our office to determine the cause and discuss possible treatments for your condition.

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 your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

"When will my child get their first tooth?"

Q: When will my child get their first tooth?

A: There is some variation, but it can happen as soon as the fourth month of life. The first teeth to erupt will be the lower central incisors, followed not too long after by the upper central incisors. All twenty primary (or baby) teeth have typically arrived by age three, and the permanent (or adult) teeth usually begin to appear around age six. Visit a dentist if you are concerned your child’s teeth aren’t coming out or are missing.

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 your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Q: I’ve been having a lot of tooth pain, and I suspect that my tooth is infected. If I take antibiotics, will that cure the tooth infection?

A: Unfortunately, if you have an infection in the pulp of your tooth, antibiotics can’t cure it. When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected it dies, leaving a hollow space in your tooth where bacteria can grow and drugs can’t reach them. Cases like that require a root canal, or sometimes extraction. Dentists will sometimes prescribe antibiotics for a patient having a root canal, but this is to eliminate bacteria that may be growing around the tooth, not in the pulp itself.

Bear in mind that unless you’ve been diagnosed by a dentist, you don’t really know if your pain is from an infected tooth. There are many possible reasons why a tooth hurts, some minor and some more serious. You should get your tooth evaluated by a professional soon.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater 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 your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Preschool Dental Education

 
Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater 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 your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

Oral Sedation

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater 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 your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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