Q: I’ve heard that red wine can stain your teeth. Is white wine better for your mouth?

A: Some darkly colored foods – like coffee, tea, blueberries, soy sauce, colas and red wine – are notorious for staining your teeth. But while white wine may seem like it would be much less staining than red wine, it turns out that white wine can also cause stains. White wine contains tannins and acids, corrosive substances which can etch the surface of your teeth.

If you’re going to drink white wine, be sure to always rinse your mouth with water to help prevent any damage.

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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.

September is Healthy Aging Month, and this article from the PRWeb.com newswire focuses on the importance of Baby Boomers maintaining their dental health as they age:

Baby Boomers are increasingly facing the unique dental problems of aging, and they should make it a priority to get treatments that will improve the quality of life of their remaining years, rather than settle for patchwork fixes, says veteran San Antonio cosmetic dentist Edward Camacho, in recognition of September’s Healthy Aging Month.

The leading edge of the Baby Boom Generation – which declared “Don’t trust anyone over 30” in the 1960s – has moved past its 66th birthday, and almost all older than 50. Healthy Aging Month was created more than 15 years ago as the first Boomers reached 50, to help them face the issues of growing older.

By this time of life, Camacho said, many adults have spent decades of caring for everyone’s dental care but their own, paying for children’s braces and other procedures, and often neglecting their own teeth. And it’s not an uncommon feeling among senior citizens that it is wasteful to get cosmetic surgery, for example, because they don’t have that much time to live anyway, he said.

Aging brings serious dental issues, including:

Tooth loss – As many as 25 percent of people 60 and older are missing all of their teeth, while many more are missing at least some teeth. The combined years of normal stress and wear begin to reach a critical point. For cost reasons, many tell the dentist to just extract teeth, rather than choose root canals, crowns, bridges or other measures. Unfortunately this is a false economy; a missing tooth means more stress and lack of support for other teeth, and may cause a “domino effect” of further tooth loss, misalignment and gum disease.

Gum disease – A number of factors boost seniors’ risk of gum disease – including an increasing vulnerability to disease in general, the effects of diabetes, shrinking gums, dry mouth and others. Gum disease affects not only teeth, but can have a deadly effect on overall health.

Wear and tear – Aging teeth may have serious issues with wear, as the surfaces of teeth become pitted. These pits may trap food particles and bacteria and are tougher to keep clean. It also weakens the tooth, creating a breach that may lead to a break. Changes in the enamel and pulp of aging teeth also mean they are more brittle, and easily broken. And lower sensitivity in the nerves means that seniors may not nice chipping or breaking.

Denture problems – Aside from their shortcomings compared to natural teeth, dentures are also subject to aging conditions. As time goes on, the bone structure beneath the gums shrinks, leaving dentures to an increasing ill fit that causes chewing pain and may lead to gum disease and poor nutrition.

Dry mouth – Seniors may experience dry mouth because of both aging salivary glands and a variety of medications – from antidepressants to heart and blood pressure medications and others. Saliva is crucial to dental health because of its importance in washing bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Experts in aging encourage seniors to be active in areas of their lives that will keep them in a young and healthy frame of mind, through proper diet, exercise and social activities and proper health care. This outlook helps not only with quality of life – but may actually extend life. Camacho said it’s important to carry this outlook to dental health care. And he disagrees with the idea of just doing “patchwork” dentistry on older people.

“We often hear older patients just wanting ‘things patched up’ as opposed to getting something aesthetic,” Camacho said. “They may have the idea that they are not worth it, or their families have the idea that that they are too old for cosmetic dentistry. This may lead to an attitude that things are ending.”

But cosmetic dentistry may be key to a person’s health in later life, he said:
“Improving an older person’s smile can bring them more happiness and joy, not only by improving chewing efficiency, but also bringing joy back. They will want to smile 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.

From the PRWeb.com newswire:

As part of National Childhood Injury Prevention Week, the California Dental Association reminds parents and children of the importance of mouthguards. As the school year begins, parents and children prepare for the after-school recreational sports and activities that typically come with the season. When children suit up with protection for their knees, shins and wrists, CDA encourages parents to think about protecting their children’s teeth – with a mouthguard.

Facial and head injuries can be sustained in nearly every game, from contact sports such as football, soccer and basketball to non-contact sports like baseball, gymnastics, bicycling or skateboarding. Damage to the teeth, lips, tongue and jaws are frequent occurrences in both children and adults although most injuries occur at the junior high, high school, community and amateur levels. General dentists see more injuries to the mouth as a result of playing sports than from almost any other single cause.

“The consequences of children not protecting their teeth can be traumatic. I encourage children and adults to use protective mouthguards during both sports and recreational activities,” said Lindsay Robinson, DDS, a pediatric dentist.


Mouthguards typically cover the upper teeth and a properly fitted mouthguard can cushion impact to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A mouthguard will stay in place while worn, making it easy to talk and breathe.

“Staying in shape – and intact – is an integral part of an overall strategy for all sports. Protecting against injuries will keep you in the game. It’s important to protect both your general and oral health for your best performance on and off the field,” Robinson said.

For more information on mouthguards, call your CDA-member dentist or visit cda.org.

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.

Lugar amigable para sus ninos. Usted permance con sus hijos. Mayoria de aseguradoras aceptadas.
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: A friend recently had to get a “baby root canal” for her daughter. What does that mean?

A: A “baby root canal” is another name for a procedure called a pulpotomy. Kids need pulpotomies when they get a cavity that extends to the pulp chamber (the center or the tooth which contains the nerves and blood vessels). First the dentist removes the pulp tissue in the crown part of the tooth, then medicine is placed to eliminate any remaining bacteria and keep the remaining nerve from causing trouble.
An adult root canal is very different, and requires going down the root of the tooth. A child’s pulpotomy isn’t as involved and takes much less time. This procedure is typically followed by placing a prefabricated crown on the tooth, which keeps bacteria from entering the tooth and infecting it again.

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 to have a tooth pulled, but the tooth is in the back so nobody will ever see it. Money is tight and I really can’t afford to get a bridge or an implant. What will happen if I don’t replace the missing tooth?

A: When a tooth is missing and you don’t fill the gap, your other teeth may begin to drift out of place, which can lead to crooked teeth and gaps in your smile. Plaque builds up in the widened spaces between the teeth, and left untreated it can lead to severe gum disease. Getting your missing tooth replaced now will be much less costly than what you’ll pay to repair the damage caused by that missing tooth later!

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.

Millions of underprivileged American children aren’t receiving the dental health care they need. This video offers some disturbing statistics about the dental problems of America’s poor people.

No matter what your income level is, you don’t have to neglect your family’s dental care. At our Culver City office, we take pride in offering affordable dental care and we are a California Medi-Cal Dental Program (Denti-Cal) provider. Under this program, patients under age 20 have unlimited benefits for all services, including fillings, cleanings and extractions, while patients over 21 are covered for all emergency services. We also offer Care Credit.

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.

Mexican singer Gloria Trevi, famous for such songs as “Pelo Suelto” and “Zapatos Viejos,” injured herself last month when she took a bad fall while she was exiting an airplane. She suffered facial trauma, cracked several teeth and underwent dental surgery, but now she needs to undergo further surgery and has canceled concerts that were scheduled in Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez.

According to Trevi’s publicist, the singer “will undergo an operation and endodontic treatment and will have to comply with the doctor’s instructions to prevent complications.”

Trevi is scheduled to return to work on Aug. 23, and in early September she will visit Las Vegas on her singing tour to promote her latest album, Gloria.

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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