"How can I strengthen my enamel?"

Q: I’m concerned about my tooth enamel decaying as I get older. What can I do to strengthen it?

A: Adequate saliva flow is essential for strong enamel. Saliva washes away plaque and helps prevent cavities. If you suffer from dry mouth, get it evaluated by a health professional. (Many common medications can cause dry mouth, but fortunately this can be helped by adjusting your dose.) To stimulate saliva flow and protect your enamel, it’s a good idea to chew sugarless gum containing xylitol or Recaldent.

Fluoride is also important. Many people get all the fluoride they need from brusing with fluoride toothpaste and the fluoridation in their local water supply. Some cities don’t fluoridate their water. Check to make sure that your town does. People who drink bottled or filtered water are also missing out on the fluoride they need. Ask your dentist whether you need fluoride treatments.

Finally, many foods and beverages – such as citrus foods and sodas – contain acids that are harmful to tooth enamel. You should limit your consumption of these foods, and if you do eat or drink something that you know is not good for your teeth, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in Culver City to conveniently serve much of 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: Lately I’ve been having some pain in my jaw. I mentioned it to a friend, and she suggested I may be grinding my teeth at night. How can I tell if I’m grinding my teeth while I’m asleep?

A: Nighttime tooth grinding (AKA bruxism) has many common symptoms. Look for jaw and/or tooth pain, especially when you first wake up in the morning. Another common symptom is a jaw that clicks when you chew. A person who grinds their teeth at night can also have headaches, neck aches and pain in the upper back. The chewing surface of your teeth may look flat, or it may feel flat when you touch it with your tongue. Finally, some people grind their teeth loudly enough to make a scraping or crunching sound, so it’s possible that your loved ones will actually hear you grinding your teeth in your sleep!

Bruxism is a common cause of jaw pain. If you’re having jaw pain, you should definitely see a dentist. Nighttime tooth grinding is a potentially serious condition that can cause you a lot of pain and can lead to cracked or lost teeth. Fortunately most people can treat their bruxism very well. Your dentist will probably suggest a custom-fit, plastic guard that you wear in your mouth while you sleep. This guard will prevent your upper and lower teeth from being able to come together, so you won’t grind your teeth at night.

Many people who grind their teeth at night are under a lot of stress in their daily lives, and relaxation techniques can also be very helpful in treating bruxism.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adult patients in Culver City to conveniently serve 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.

Johnny Depp still wearing "Pirates" teeth


Johnny Depp is currently promoting his new movie The Tourist, but these days the actor’s smile isn’t what you’d expect to see on an A-list star. Depp has revealed to Access Hollywood that he’s still wearing his grungy-looking Jack Sparrow dentures from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, On Stranger Tides.

“I will have them in until I can find a dentist to rip them out, essentially. They sort of have to be yeah, yanked out… we just literally finished filming like, you know, last week.”

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.

Open House Flyer!


Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients 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.

What happens if a baby is born with teeth?

When Faye Armstrong was born this July in Liverpool, she was three weeks premature… But she already had two teeth sprouting! The teeth were just starting to erupt when Faye was born, but apparently by the very next morning they’d fully grown in. And soon there were more dental surprises for Faye’s parents: within two weeks their child grew two more teeth, molars at the back of her mouth.

While babies usually don’t get their first teeth until around their six month, it’s rare but not unheard of for children to get their first teeth much earlier. Teeth in a newborn can cause feeding difficulties and other problems, so any teeth that erupt early should be evaluated by a dentist.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients 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 Distress, an educational online game

Dental distress is a fun online game where the creepy Tooth Monster will throw unhealthy food items at you, and you have to dodge them while catching the healthy food items that fall your way.

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 is your office Open House?


On Sunday, December 19th, the legendary Tooth Fairy will be flying into the dental office of Dr. Natalie Khadavi in Culver City for all Los Angeles children and their families to visit! Bring your kids to the one-day, free open house event at Dr. Khadavi’s office to take photos with the Tooth Fairy, do face painting, receive free balloons and gift bags and learn about how to take good care of your teeth. Refreshments will be provided, and there will also be a raffle with a variety of prizes including FREE professional teeth whitening, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more.

This open house event offers a chance to tour Dr. Khadavi’s brand new Culver City office, meet Dr. Khadavi and her staff and learn about what sets them apart from other Los Angeles dentists. Her team is proud to provide personal and affordable family dental care. They see kids and adults of all ages and with all types of dental needs. In addition to their general dentistry services, they also offer oral sedation and nitrous oxide for children, as well as a wide array of cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers and teeth whitening. They are happy to provide stress and phobia counseling to make your visit with us as stress-free as possible. They also speak English, Spanish and Farsi.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from USC School of Dentistry and has been treating kids and their families since finishing her studies. She enjoys her work with children because it gives her the opportunity to help kids as she has been doing throughout her life. While pursuing her undergraduate studies at UCLA, she spent her summer vacations as a camp counselor and a math and science tutor. Her main philosophy resides in treating infants, children, adolescents and their parents like her family. In addition to being a dentist, she is also an oil painter. Her artistic skills give her the confidence of knowing she can give your family a happy and healthy smile. In her spare time she also enjoys taking continuing education courses to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry. She is a member of ADA, CDA and Los Angeles Dental Society. She and her staff are committed to providing quality work in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

The open house event will take place on Sunday, December 19th, at 12331 1/4 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA, 90066. The event begins at 1pm and lasts until 6pm. For more information, call (310) 482-3971 or visit http://www.lakidschoicedental.com.

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.

Loose teeth, long teeth, and bleeding gums are just a few of the identifying factors of possible periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology a self assessment tool that can help you determine what your risk is at home. Early detection is critical to avoiding serious and costly dental problems.

Of course, the best way to know for sure what the health of your teeth and gums is would be a visit to your local 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.

At Natalie Khadavi, DDS, we strive to make your visit here a pleasant experience. We appreciate any feedback you can give us on what you enjoyed about your visit and also how we can make your experience with us even better at your next appointment.


Natalie Khadavi, DDS

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 can I get used to a night mouth guard?"

Q: I grind my teeth at night, and I’ve been told that I should use a mouth guard while I sleep. I’ve tried one I bought from the drugstore, and it was so uncomfortable I couldn’t sleep! What can I do?

A: It’s very important that you follow your dentist’s advice and wear a mouth guard while you sleep. Left untreated, nighttime teeth grinding – or bruxism – can lead to tooth loss and other serious problems.

Over the counter mouth guards purchased at a drugstore aren’t custom fitted, and they are often rather uncomfotable to wear. (Note that over the counter guards that you shape by dropping them in boiling water do not count as being custom fitted to your mouth.) Athletic mouth guards purchased in a sporting goods store are usually even worse; they’re not designed to be worn overnight, and they are too large and often have sharp edges.

A custom, properly fitted mouth guard from your dentist’s office may take a little getting used to if you’ve never worn a guard before, but it will be much more comfortable than an over the counter guard and it will do a better job of protecting your teeth. Some patients eventually get so used to wearing their guard at night that they have trouble sleeping without it!


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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