Q: I suffer from dry mouth. What can I do about it?

A: Dry mouth – properly called xerostomia but often known as cottonmouth – is a common condition with many possible causes. Some of these causes, such as dehydration, are relatively simple conditions that are easily correctable. Other potential causes, such as untreated diabetes, are more serious. Xerostomia can also be a side effect of certain medications.

If you suffer from xerostomia, it’s important to drink plenty of water every day – at least eight full glasses. You can also stimulate the flow of saliva by chewing sugar-free gum containing xlitol. Avoid tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. If you’re using mouthwash, be sure to use one without alcohol. Saliva replacement gels are also available at many drug stores.

It’s very important to learn the cause of your dry mouth and treat it. Left untreated, xerostomia can cause serious problems. Dry mouth can lead to difficulty swallowing or speaking, and it makes you much more likely to develop cavities. If you suffer from dry mouth, visit our office to determine the cause and discuss possible treatments for your condition.

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.

"When will my child get their first tooth?"

Q: When will my child get their first tooth?

A: There is some variation, but it can happen as soon as the fourth month of life. The first teeth to erupt will be the lower central incisors, followed not too long after by the upper central incisors. All twenty primary (or baby) teeth have typically arrived by age three, and the permanent (or adult) teeth usually begin to appear around age six. Visit a dentist if you are concerned your child’s teeth aren’t coming out or are missing.

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 been having a lot of tooth pain, and I suspect that my tooth is infected. If I take antibiotics, will that cure the tooth infection?

A: Unfortunately, if you have an infection in the pulp of your tooth, antibiotics can’t cure it. When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected it dies, leaving a hollow space in your tooth where bacteria can grow and drugs can’t reach them. Cases like that require a root canal, or sometimes extraction. Dentists will sometimes prescribe antibiotics for a patient having a root canal, but this is to eliminate bacteria that may be growing around the tooth, not in the pulp itself.

Bear in mind that unless you’ve been diagnosed by a dentist, you don’t really know if your pain is from an infected tooth. There are many possible reasons why a tooth hurts, some minor and some more serious. You should get your tooth evaluated 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.

Preschool Dental Education

 
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.

Oral Sedation

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.

Little werewolves and vampires prowling the streets, front lawns decorated with fake tombstones, the sounds of moaning ghosts and cackling witches in the night… These are the kinds of fun, harmless, silly scares we want to experience on Halloween. But there’s one very real Halloween fright that nobody wants to face: getting a mouth full of cavities from eating all that candy!

Candy is everywhere this time of year, and it’s hard to resist over-indulging. In this article, we’ll offer ten tips to get you through the season with a healthy smile.
1. Watch your sugar. Read the labels of your candy, and try to stick to candy with lower amounts of sugar. A single “fun-size” Twix, for instance, contains 15 grams of sugar, while three Tootsie Rolls contain just 9.5 grams of sugar.

2. Don’t keep a bowl of candy around the house. If you have a bowl of tempting treats sitting around for weeks leading up to Halloween, you’re probably going to eat a whole lot of extra candy this month. Keep the candy bagged up until Halloween night.

3. Drink plenty of water. A tall glass of water will help you feel full, so you’ll consume less candy. And drinking water after you eat candy will help cleanse your teeth.

4. Chew sugarless gum. Sugarless gum gives you a sweet treat, and it’s actually good for your teeth.

5. Don’t give out your favorite candy. Offer trick or treaters a candy you’re not crazy about, so if you have leftovers at the end of the night, you won’t be tempted to eat it all yourself.

6. Try to avoid sticky treats. Taffy, caramels, candy corn and jelly beans really stick to the teeth, and they can cause a lot of damage.

7. Don’t forget that Halloween is a one-night event. It’s one thing to indulge yourself on Halloween itself, but don’t use the season as an excuse to gulp down sugary treats for days, or weeks!

8. Rinse your mouth out after eating sugary snacks. If you’re eating a lot of candy on Halloween night, it’s not realistic to brush and floss after every single treat. But occasionally stopping to rinse your mouth with water can help wash away the sugar.

9. Eliminate sugary drinks. Many people don’t realize just how much sugar is in soda. You’re already getting plenty of sugar from candy, so try to avoid sugary drinks.

10. Be extra thorough about brushing and flossing. You can prevent a lot of damage to your teeth by taking extra care when you brush. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue too.


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.

White Crowns for Children!

Great news for parents with children needing crowns on back teeth! New advancements in dentistry allow us to make fully white crowns on baby teeth. We are proud to offer this treatment option to our patients. These zirconia crowns are durable and tooth-colored. Keep your child’s self-esteem high and their smiles shining during their early years.

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.

Need a dentist that can see you today? Our office is open 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday). Call us in the morning and we will make sure we can fit you into today’s schedule. Our office understands that when you need to see the dentist, you can’t wait days and weeks for an appointment. We will get you the care you need when you need it! Call today! (310) 482-3971

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.

Dental Calculus

Dental Calculus is dental plaque that has remained on the teeth and has hardened by the addition of calcium and other matter found in saliva. Once teeth have calculus, a tooth brush or floss can not remove the buildup and it should be removed by a dentist or hygienist. Otherwise, it can cause bacteria to lodge between the gums and the teeth, causing gum infection, cavities, and loosening of the teeth.

Our office routinely removes calculus by performing a thorough scaling and root planing of the teeth. This is done using a machine called an ultrasonic scaler as well as hand scalers to remove as much calculus as possible both above and below the gum line. If needed, we offer topical and local anesthetics to insure that our patients are comfortable during the procedure.

.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.

Gum problems during pregnancy

Q: I’m pregnant, and lately my gums have been sore and I’ve been getting red little bumps on my gums. Can pregnancy cause gum problems?A: Your hormones cause a lot of changes to your body during pregnancy, and this can include gum problems. Many pregnant women develop redness, soreness and tenderness in their gums, and sometimes their gums bleed when they brush. The raised level of progesterone in a pregnant woman’s body can create something that we call pregnancy gingivitis, which is an extreme response to plaque. Pregnancy gingivitis is especially common during the second and third trimester, so be sure to schedule extra cleanings then.

During the second trimester women can also develop something that we call a pregnancy tumor, which is actually much less scary than it sounds. A pregnancy tumor is a benign overgrowth of the gums between the teeth, causing red, raw bumps that bleed easily. These bumps will usually go away by the time your baby is born, but if they interfere with eating or talking they need to be removed.

The gum soreness and bumps you’re experiencing are probably related to your pregnancy, but it’s important to get examined by a dentist 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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