You probably already knew that smoking is a dangerous, highly addictive habit that’s responsible for the deaths of far too many smokers (and secondhand smokers) every year. But just to make the message really clear, the FDA has proposed a new rule. Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements would require all cigarette companies to display graphic images depicting the tragic consequences of smoking.

If the rule passes, cigarette packages will soon depict cancer victims, corpses and other grim images, along with text warnings. There are 36 proposed images, and the FDA is asking citizens to vote on which ones will be used. You can see all 36 here, but be warned that the image shown here is actually one of the least graphic images in the set.

If you smoke, speak to your physician or dentist about quitting. They can help.

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.

"What causes tooth decay?"


Q: What causes tooth decay?

A: Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is an infectious disease that leads to the breaking down of tooth structure. Left untreated, this can result in pain, infection, and tooth loss.

There are 4 things needed for dental caries.

1) a susceptible tooth

2) bacteria responsible for caries (primarily Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus)

3) fermentable carbohydrates (such as glucose, lactose, and sucrose)

4) Time

People with dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, and high sugar intake are at an increased risk of having cavities. Also, there are some genetic risk factors such as the natural anatomy of the tooth and Amelogenesis imperfecta that lead to teeth that are more susceptible to tooth decay.

The best was to prevent tooth decay is to follow proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist at least every 6 months.

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.

NorthJersey.com has a good article about your child’s first trip to the dentist. It walks you through some of the things you should do to prepare, and some of the things to expect when you’re there.

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.

Spongebob Squarepants in "Cavity Crisis"


Here’s a fun videogame starring kid show favorite Spongebob Squarepants. Move your toothbrush quickly, or Spongebob’s teeth will turn yellow and fall out. (As you can see from this picture, Spongebob needs all the help with brushing that he can get!)

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’m pregnant, and lately my gums have been really sore. I’ve also been getting red little bumps on my gums that don’t go away. Could these problems be related to my pregnancy?A: When you are pregnant your hormones cause a lot of changes to your body, and this often includes gum problems. Many women experience redness, soreness and tenderness in their gums, and sometimes their gums bleed when they brush. The increased level of progesterone in a pregnant woman’s body can cause an extreme response to plaque, a process we call pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is especially common between the second and eighth month, so it’s a good idea to schedule extra cleanings during the second and third trimester.

Pregnant women in the second trimester can also experience an overgrowth of the gums between the teeth, a benign but bothersome condition known as a pregnancy tumor. These bumps are red and raw, and they bleed easily. They usually go away by the time your baby is born, but in cases where they interfere with eating or talking they need to be removed surgically.

The gum soreness and bumps you’re experiencing are probably related to your pregnancy, but it’s very important to have a dentist take a look so you can be sure.

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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