Our first open house this weekend was a big success! Thank you to everybody who showed up to visit Dr. Khadavi and her staff and to meet the Tooth Fairy. (Rumors are going around that she might be flying by our office again someday soon.)Raffle winners will be notified January 31! The raffle will include all new patients for the month of January. Prizes include Sonicare toothbrush, gift certificates to Starbucks, Toys “R” Us, and much more!

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.

Is marijuana bad for your teeth?


Q: I’ve heard that marijuana is bad for your teeth. Is this true?

A: Marijuana does contain tar – which is of course very bad for your teeth and gums – but it contains less tar than you’d find in tobacco. A 2008 study showed that marijuana use can lead to periodontal disease in heavy smokers those who smoked 40 or more times per year. Marijuana also contains many known carcinogens (chemicals that are known to cause cancer), although it is difficult for researchers to get enough data to determine a link because people often don’t admit to drug use. Also, many people who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes, which are known to cause increased risk of many forms of cancer including cancer of the lip, tongue, and lungs. Xerostomia(also known as dry mouth) is another side effect of marijuana.

Also, common activities associated with marijuana use can be harmful to your teeth. If you consume a “pot brownie,” for instance, you’re eating sugary chocolate and, in your altered state, you’re probably not going to brush your teeth afterward. The famous extreme hunger (AKA “munchies”) that results from marijuana consumption leads people to eat all sorts of snacks, often without brushing or flossing. Since the saliva flow is also decreased due to the effects of the marijuana, you are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay.

If you do smoke marijuana, it is particularly important to get your dental exams including your oral cancer exam and cleanings regularly. Speak to your dentist about what extra preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and your gums healthy.

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.

We are currently accepting the following dental insurance plans:

Access Dental
Aetna PPO
Ameriplan
Avia Dental Plan
Blue Anthem
Blue Cross PPO
Cigna PPO
Connection Dental Network
De-care Dental
Delta Dental PPO
Dental Benefits Provider
DentalGuard Network
Dental Plans of America
Denti-cal
First Dental Health including Access, EPO, PPO
Guardian Dental Insurance
Humana Dental PPO
New Dental Choice
Premier Access PPO
Principal Financial Group
Signature Dental Plan Uni-care Dental Network
United Concordia PPO

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.

Take a Self-Evaluation Quiz To See If You Have Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth. Approximately 15 % of adults between 21-50 and 30% of adults over 50 have this disease.

You may not realize that persistent swollen, red or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease — a serious infection that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE IS USUALLY A PAINLESS PROGRESSIVE DISEASE

Test 1

Jot down your answers to the following questions to find out if you have the symptoms of periodontal disease.

Do you ever have pain in your mouth?

Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?

Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth?

Do your gums ever feel swollen or tender?

Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?

Do you have persistent bad breath?

Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?

Have you noticed any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?

Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have symptoms of periodontal disease, so take action to protect your gums and your health and call us today.

Test 2

Are you at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

Do you have diabetes that requires you to take insulin? if yes add 20 pts

Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day? if yes add 20 pts

Do you have diabetes but are not required to take insulin? if yes add 10 pts

If you have been treated for gum disease and visit a dentist regularly? if no add 10pts

Have you lost a tooth in the last 3 years due to gum disease?if yes add 9 pts

Do have your teeth cleaned at least ONCE a year? if no add 7 pts

Do you brush your teeth at least once a day? if no add 4pts

Do you floss at least once a day? if no add 4 pts

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? if yes add 4 pts

Are you over 50 years old? if yes add 4 pts

Do your gums hurt when you brush or floss your teeth? if yes add 3 pts

Have you noticed your gums shrinking? if yes add 3 pts

Do sensitive teeth keep you from brusing more often? if yes add 2 pts

Now total up your points: _________________pts

If you score is 15 points or more you may be at higher risk for developing gum disease. You should see your dentist and discuss your self assessment with him/her.

According to United States Government statistics periodontal disease affects 75% of our adult population!

Test courtesy of: American Academy of Periodontology

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.

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.

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.

The problem with missing teeth goes beyond the obvious that some patients choose to tolerate such as the appearance of an empty space in their smile and impaired chewing. Surrounding teeth begin to drift to fill the missing space.

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.


It sounds like your baby has an eruption cyst (also known as an eruption hematoma). It’s a swelling over a primary or permanent tooth that is coming out. It contains fluid that collected around the erupting tooth which may be clear creating a pale colored cyst, or blue or purple-colored due to some blood collecting in the fluid. Parents tend to worry more about the dark cysts, but they shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. The cyst disappears when the tooth erupts, and usually no treatment is needed. If the cyst remains for an extended time (more than 2 weeks) or the child is experiencing a lot of pain, visit your local dentist.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees adults and children 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.


This time of year, many of us are snacking on sugary treats a lot more often than we should. But according to researchers at Temple University, your dental health is affected less by how much candy you eat than by how often you eat it.

“If I eat a piece of candy now, the pH in my mouth will become acidic, and it will take 30 to 60 minutes for it to become normal,” says Mark Helpin, the associate professor of pediatric dentistry who led the study. “If I eat two or three pieces of candy when I eat that first one, my mouth stays acid the same length of time. If I keep eating candy throughout the day, there is acid in my mouth for a much longer period of time.”

So if you’re at a holiday party and there are bowls of candy around, you now have an excuse to go ahead and enjoy a fistful of treats. But don’t forget that while eating a lot of candy at once may be better for your teeth, it’s not better for your waistline!

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.


Interproximal decay or cavities that begin in between your teeth show up only on the radiographs (x-rays) at first. They are not visible in the mouth until a large amount of your tooth is destroyed. Daily flossing is important to help avoid this type of cavities. The picture shows teeth with interproximal caries. Watch this video for more information about interproximal decay.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the westside 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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