"How can you tell if a child has a cavity?"

Q: How can you tell if a child has a cavity?
A: There are many signs to look for. You should inspect the child’s teeth, looking for any dark areas or obvious holes. If the child is old enough, you should ask if their teeth have hurt recently. If the child isn’t old enough to answer, look for fussy behavior, loss of appetite and obvious discomfort whenever the child eats anything hot or cold.

Of course, the only way to really be sure if a child has a cavity is to have a dentist give the child an exam.

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: What’s the deal with Kanye West’s diamond teeth?

A: Hip-hop star Kanye West recently appeared on the Ellen show, and he unveiled his new smile full of diamond teeth. You can see it in the clip above. Asked why he did it, West told Ellen, “I just thought that diamonds were cooler.”

Frankly, we have to wonder if West is telling the truth when he claims that he had his lower teeth extracted and replaced by diamonds. If this is true, it’s a very bad idea for many reasons. West could suffer from gum recession and infection, chipped teeth, shifted teeth, tooth decay and worn enamel, jaw stress and bad breath. What’s more, since West would be walking around with a fortune in precious stones in his mouth, he’d probably have to hire guards 24/7, just to watch his teeth!

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.

The tower made of human teeth

Just in time for Halloween, here’s something really scary. A dentist in China has decorated his office with an 8-foot tower made of teeth extracted from his patients. Sure, it’s pretty creepy… But I bet his new patients floss extra carefully after they see this thing!

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.

Will dentists get a PR boost from "Glee"?

Movies and TV shows are full of scary dentists, from Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man to Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors. Sure, there are occasionally nice TV and movie dentists – like Hermey the elf from the classic Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But more often than not, dentists are depicted as evil people who take a fiendish delight in making their patients suffer.

So naturally many dentists are thrilled to hear that John Stamos will play a cool, singing dentist on the hit Fox series, Glee. The former ER and Full House star first appeared on Glee in the Britney Spears episode, and apparently he’s set to stick around for the rest of the season. Those of us in the dental profession have got our fingers crossed that Stamos will help people forget about that other singing dentist.

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: When should I first take my child to the dentist?
A: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that you take your child to see a dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, and no later than the child’s first birthday. This may sound too soon, but there are good reasons for seeing a dentist early in life. Dental problems often begin in infancy, so it’s important to establish a good preventative program. Taking your child to see the dentist before dental problems develop will also help them get used to the idea of seeing a dentist. You definitely don’t want your child’s first dental visit to be traumatic, so you shouldn’t wait until your child is in a lot of pain to see a dentist for the first time.

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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