Q: Did George Washington really have false teeth made of wood?
A: While it is widely believed that George Washington had false teeth made of wood, this is just another one of the many myths associated with America’s first president. George Washington had at least six sets of false teeth throughout his life, and none of them were made of wood. But some of Washington’s teeth were made of things even stranger than wood!

According to John Adams, Washington loved nuts and he regularly shelled Brazil nuts with his teeth. This would’ve been very damaging to Washington’s teeth, and Washington began losing teeth when he was still a relatively young man. By the time he became president, Washington only had one natural tooth left.

Historians believe that Washington probably had the teeth of slaves transplanted into his mouth, a relatively common practice of the time. But these transplants wouldn’t have lasted long, so Washington eventually used sets of false teeth. Over the years these sets included hippo ivory, donkey teeth and even some of Washington’s own teeth, but they never fit quite right and they often made Washington ill. Some historians have conjectured that these false teeth were responsible for the unsmiling, somewhat puffy face seen in Washington’s portraits.

Fortunately dentistry has progressed quite a bit since Washington’s time. If Washington were alive today, he could keep his teeth throughout his life by brushing and flossing every day and visiting his dentist for regular check-ups. And if Washington’s own teeth couldn’t be saved for some reason, he would have access to false teeth made of acrylic and other modern materials, as well as permanent dental implants. And of course, he could save himself a whole lot of trouble by buying his nuts pre-shelled!

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.

"I bit my tongue! What do I do?"

Q: I bit my tongue! What do I do?
A: If a bite is severe, you should definitely get it looked at by a doctor or dentist immediately. But if it’s relatively mild bite, you can give it time and it will probably get better on its own. Many injuries to the tongue heal quickly.

If you’re treating the tongue bite yourself, the first thing you should do is suck on an ice cube for a few minutes. Then you should press a clean gauze or warm washcloth on the bleeding area, until the bleeding stops. (If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, you should seek medical attention!) Now rinse with a glass of warm saltwater or a mix of one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water, then spit. If you are in pain, take an over the counter pain reliever.

While your tongue is healing, don’t eat acidic or crunchy foods, and chew carefully.

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.

"How often should I floss my teeth?"

Q: How often should I floss my teeth?

A: Ideally you should floss after every meal, but at minimum you should floss once a day.

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. 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.

"How often should I change my toothbrush?"

Q: “How often should I change my toothbrush?”

A: Toothbrushes should be replaced at least once every 3 months. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you need to change your toothbrush every 4-6 weeks. If you’ve been sick with a cold or flu, change your toothbrush as soon as you’re well.

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.

"I bit my tongue! What do I do?"


Q: I bit my tongue! What do I do?

A: If a bite is severe, you should definitely get it looked at by a doctor or dentist immediately. But if it’s relatively mild bite, you can give it time and it will probably get better on its own. Many injuries to the tongue heal quickly.

If you’re treating the tongue bite yourself, the first thing you should do is suck on an ice cube for a few minutes. Then you should press a clean gauze or warm washcloth on the bleeding area, until the bleeding stops. (If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, you should seek medical attention!) Now rinse with a glass of warm saltwater or a mix of one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water, then spit. If you are in pain, take an over the counter pain reliever.

While your tongue is healing, don’t eat acidic or crunchy foods, and chew carefully.


Dr. X sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit
our website and give us a call at (310) 555-555 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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