Q: How do dentists brush their teeth in space?
A: As you’d expect, brushing your teeth in zero gravity is a complicated process! In an article on the Gizmodo website, astronaut Leroy Chiao explains some of the challenges.
“It is unbelievably easy to lose things,” Chaio writes. “Get distracted for a moment, and that toothpaste cap is gone! Even if you are good about anchoring such things behind a rubber bungee, some rookie going by could knock it loose.”

But despite all of the difficulties, astronauts in space do still take care of their teeth… So those of us here on planet Earth have no excuse!

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 heard of kids needing to have a “baby root canal.” How are they different from adult root canals?

A: Kids need root canals (also known as pulpotomies) when cavities on their teeth reach the pulp chamber, the center of the tooth which houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves. In a pulpotomy, the pulp tissue is removed from the crown part of the tooth and medicine is placed to kill possible remaining bacteria and calm down the remaining nerve. This procedure is typically followed by placing a prefabricated crown on the tooth so bacteria can’t enter the tooth and infect it again.

An adult root canal involves going down the root of the tooth, but a baby root canal is less complicated and takes much less time.

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.

Q: Do you accept Denti-Cal at your office, and what’s covered?

A: Yes, we are a California Medi-Cal Dental Program (Denti-Cal) provider. Patients under age 20 have unlimited benefits for all services, including fillings, cleanings and extractions, while patients over 21 are covered for all emergency services.

If you’re a member of the California Medi-Cal Dental Program, call us today to set up an appointment.

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 heard about an alternative to the dental drill, something called air abrasion. What is it?

A: We use air abrasion at our office in Culver City, and it’s terrific for adult and child patients.

For decades many people have been anxious about going to the dentist, dreading the prospect of getting injections, hearing the sound of the drill on their teeth and then leaving the dental office feeling groggy and numb from anesthetic. Air abrasion changes all of that. Many dental procedures can now be performed quietly, without anesthetic and with minimal to no discomfort.

The air abrasion instrument has been compared to a tiny sandblaster, using compressed air to precisely direct a stream of sand-like particles at the patient’s tooth decay and wear it away while leaving the healthy portion of the tooth unharmed. Air abrasion is non-invasive and does not produce heat, vibration or friction. As a result there’s little need for anesthesia, and the patient can leave the office wide awake, without facial numbness or lingering pain. Not only does this make the dental experience easier for the patient, it also eliminates the cost of anesthetic and pain medications.

We would be glad to offer a tour of our office, so you can learn about air abrasion, meet Dr. Khadavi and her staff, and learn about what sets them apart from other Los Angeles dentists.

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.

Jennifer Aniston’s musical dentist

On Monday’s episode of The Daily Show, Jennifer Aniston told Jon Stewart that during dental treatments her dentist serenades her with his guitar.

The Friends star, who appears as a unscrupulous dentist in the upcoming dark comedy Horrible Bosses, said her “dentist plays the guitar … when I have the molds in my mouth.”

“He’s literally [playing his guitar,] I mean, it’s odd, but it’s the truth.”

“Why isn’t he doing dental work?” Stewart asked.

“Don’t ask,” Aniston joked. “It’s Hollywood! … I’m not kidding … and you can’t get out of the chair, so you’re stuck listening to it.”

But Aniston didn’t seem to mind her dentist’s performances too much. She said she’s been going to the same dentist for 15 years and he’s “really good.”

At our practice in Culver City we have various ways to keep our patients entertained during treatment, including an overhead monitor where they can watch videos… But we’ll leave the guitar at home for now!

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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