This clip from the popular TV series How It’s Made reveals how your toothbrush was made. The process is more complex than you’d think!

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: I think my tooth is infected. If I take antibiotics, will that cure the infection?

A: If you have an infection in the pulp of your tooth, it can’t be cured by antibiotics. When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected it dies and leaves a hollow space in your tooth. Bacteria can thrive in that space, and drugs can’t reach them. When that happens you’ll need a root canal, or sometimes extraction. While dentists will sometimes prescribe an antibiotic for a patient having a root canal, this is to eliminate bacteria growing around the tooth, not in the pulp itself.

Unless you’ve been diagnosed by a dentist, you can’t be sure if your pain is really from an infected tooth. There are many possible reasons why a tooth hurts, so you should get your tooth looked at 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.

Q: How do I know if I have gum disease?

A: Some of the identifying factors for gum disease include loose teeth, “long” teeth (where your gums have pulled back, making your teeth appear longer) and bleeding gums. The American Academy of Periodontology offers a self-assessment tool that can help you determine what your risk is. Early detection is critical to avoiding serious and costly dental problems.

Of course, the best way to check on the health of your teeth and gums is a visit to your local dentist. And don’t forget that gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is completely reversible!

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 I should brush my tongue. Why?

A: Brushing your tongue is a good idea, and if you have a white coating on your tongue you should talk to your dentist about proper oral hygiene. The tongue is home to bacteria that are involved in many systemic health problems, including periodontal trouble, tooth decay, plaque and bad breath. Dead bacteria in the back of the tongue can also cause bad breath, or halitosis.

There are special devices for cleaning your tongue, such as the tongue cleaner seen here. Use it every day for better health and fresher breath!

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: How often should I floss my teeth?

A: You should floss once a day at least, but flossing after every meal is ideal.

Flossing is an essential part of maintaining dental health, as it removes plaque and food debris from the spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. And flossing isn’t just good for your teeth. Some studies have shown that flossing actually helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Visit our office and we will be happy to give you a demonstration.

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.

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