Q: How do dental sealants work, and do you do dental sealants at your Culver City dental office?

A: Yes, we have done dental sealants for many patients.

The chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth contain many fissures and pits. These areas are difficult to keep clean, even if your child brushes and flosses regularly. Plaque can build up here, often leading to tooth decay. Sealant is a clear or opaque plastic material that we can carefully paint onto the surfaces of the teeth. It forms a thin covering over the pits and fissures, helping to protect the teeth from plaque build-up.

If you’re interested in dental sealants, give us a call and we’ll be glad to talk to you about it. It’s a fast, easy, painless procedure that can prolong the life of certain teeth.

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: My young son needs to see a dentist to get some fillings, but he’s terrified of going. Do you use laughing gas at your dental office in Los Angeles?

A: Yes, we do use nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. It’s very effective for helping kids and adults relax during dental treatment, but they’re still awake enough that we can communicate with them. Nitrous oxide also wears off very quickly. Patients wake up immediately after we turn it off, and then they can leave the office without feeling sleepy or disoriented. Give us a call to see if treatment with nitrous oxide may be benificial to your child.

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.

Toothpaste World

Val Kolpakov is a Michigan dentist who collects toothpaste from all over the world. He has about 1800 vintage and modern tubes so far, in flavors ranging from the traditional mint to pumpkin and even chocolate. Head over to his site to visit Toothpaste World.

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’ve heard that some food can actually lower your risk of oral cancer. Is this true?

A: According to a study in February’s Journal of the American Dental Association, a diet high in fruits and vegetables and relatively low in meat may actually help lower your risk for oral cancer.

While scientists don’t totally understand how diet influences cancer risk, they believe that certain compounds in food may be protective against cancer. Vitamins E and C have antioxidant properties and they reduce exposure to free radicals of oxygen, which may prevent DNA damage. Certain plants like citrus fruits contain Terpenes, a group of compounds that can induce apoptosis and influence cell cycle progression.

According to Tieraona Low Dog, MD, a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, some fruits, particularly berries that contain a lot of ellagic acid, can help prevent oral cancer. So can the isothiocyanates found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts,

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 need braces, but I have a lot of cavities and I don’t want to get them all fixed right now. Do you have to get cavities fixed before you get braces?

A: No reputable orthodontist will put braces on you without your cavities being treated and your teeth being cleaned. They actually get a cavity clearance signed by a general dentist before they start. If you are nervous about getting your teeth fixed, there are ways to do it to make it easier for you. You can try doing your treatment with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation, or just find a doctor you are comfortable with and trust. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but there is no point in getting your teeth straightened if you might end up losing the teeth by them rotting out.

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 recently turned 21. Will Denti-Cal no longer cover my dental treatment?

A: In 2009, the California Medi-Cal Dental Program (Denti-Cal) changed its policy for adults. Adult patients (over 21) aren’t covered for regular dental care, but they are covered for all emergency services. Pregnant women can also use Denti-Cal as part of their pregnancy-related care, or to treat a condition that could complicate pregnancy. Children (under age 20) have unlimited benefits for all services, including cleanings, fillings and extractions. You can find more info about Denti-Cal benefits for adult here.

If you’re a member of the California Medi-Cal Dental Program, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to see you.

If you are no longer covered under the Medi-Cal Program, but you still want your teeth examined, we offer payment plans and cash discounts to our patients. Initial exam and x-ray is only $29.

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.

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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’ve heard of something called baby bottle tooth decay. How do I know if my little girl has it?

A: Many children develop cavities after feeding from a bottle (or breastfeeding or drinking from a cup) without having their teeth cleaned afterward. As the liquid sits in the mouth, it breaks down into acid that decays the child’s teeth. This is called baby bottle tooth decay. The tongue helps to protect the baby’s lower teeth, so baby bottle tooth decay tends to effect mainly the upper teeth.

Baby bottle tooth decay often shows up as tiny, white spots at the rear, sides and/or front part of the teeth. Sometimes these spots are impossible to spot with the naked eye. If left untreated, the teeth may fracture.

Even if your baby is fussy, never put her down to sleep with a bottle, not even just for a nap. If the child refuses to go to sleep without a bottle, let her have a bottle of unsweetened water. Serve fruit juice or other acidic liquids from a cup, and clean your baby’s teeth soon after. Never serve them from a bottle.

You can prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Regularly clean your baby’s teeth using a soft, infant-size tooth brush. If the child is under two, use just a light smear of toothpaste on the bristles, and if the child is between 2-5, use a pea-sized amount. Do not use fluoridate toothpaste for until you are sure your child spits out all of the toothpaste.

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: Recently I began a strict diet. I’m only eating healthy things, but lately I’ve had really bad breath. Why is my breath so bad when I’m eating so well?

A: Certain healthy foods, like garlic, are notorious for causing bad breath. After you eat them they are absorbed into the bloodstream, then they make their way into your lungs, where they can give your breath an unpleasant odor. Ironically, if you’re eating less than usual, that can also lead to bad breath. High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets in particular can cause bad breath. When you’re taking in less food, your body burns fat for energy and releases certain chemicals that can cause bad breath.

When you’re dieting, take extra care with your dental hygiene. Be sure to drink eight glasses of water a day, brush and floss, and use mouthwash if necessary. Sugarless gum and mints are also good ways to keep your breath fresh, and chewing sugarless gum will also help keep your teeth clean. If your bad breath continues to be a problem, talk to your dentist.

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.

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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.

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