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Family Dentistry: Important Topics for Dental Health at Every Age by Dr. Parivash Khajavi

July 10, 2011

At her 10-year old practice in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Parivash Khajavi has treated patients of all ages. As both a pediatric and adult dentist, she has extensive experience in maintaining oral health for patients in every phase of life.


Toddler Brushing Teeth, Public Domain

Toddler Brushing Teeth, Public Domain

For babies and young children: Babies are born with an almost completely formed set of teeth waiting just under their gums. When teeth first come in, clean them gently with a clean wet baby washcloth. As they get bigger, you can use a child’s toothbrush. Until your child is 2 years old, there’s no need for toothpaste; water alone is enough and doesn’t carry the risks of swallowing fluoridated toothpaste. Starting around the age of 1, children should visit the dentist at least once a year. Infants should never fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water. Milk or juice in a bottle can remain on the teeth, causing “baby bottle tooth decay.” At the age of two, you can begin using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when you brush your child’s teeth. Remember that until about the age of about eight, kids don’t have the coordination to do a really good job brushing their own teeth, so they’ll need careful supervision and some help.


For teenagers: Teens should be aware of the need to take careful care of their teeth, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. This is also the age to discuss the dangers of tobacco use, both for oral health and in general. Teens who play contact sports should wear the proper headgear to protect their teeth.


Mahlon tries to put on his "game face;" however, his mouthpiece kind of gets in the way.

Mahlon tries to put on his "game face;" however, his mouthpiece kind of gets in the way. (Public Domain)


For adults: Keep an eye out for gum disease, and maintain the good oral hygiene habits established earlier in life, including brushing, flossing, and avoiding tobacco products. Make sure to see your dentist if you experience dry mouth, either on its own or as a side effect of medication, as it can endanger your oral health.


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Adutl Dental Care-- Public Domain Dental Image, Posted By,


Impacted Wisdom Teeth

March 21, 2011

As the owner of Burien Family Dentistry in Burien, Washington, Dr. Parivash Khajavi performs a range of dental care services for adults and children, including the extraction of impacted third molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth. For most people, four wisdom teeth begin to come into place in the late teens or early twenties. Many individuals, however, are missing one or more of their third molars, and still more experience the eruption of wisdom teeth outside of the normal age range. The vast majority of individuals suffer from impacted wisdom teeth that were not able to emerge fully and in the correct position. Wisdom teeth become impacted for a variety of reasons, including lack of room on the jawbone, obstruction by other teeth, and poor angulation. Since the most common reason is a lack of physical space in the jaw, scientists theorize that wisdom teeth become impacted primarily due to our modern diet and dental care. Previously, a diet of harder foods and poor dental hygiene resulted in more wear on our teeth, giving the third molars space to grow after our teenage years.


Failure to remove impacted third molars can result in tooth crowding, a process that causes previously aligned teeth to lose their positions, as well as infections or even cysts. The extraction process is usually quick and most individuals recover within a few days. Although the process can be painful, anesthetic and pain relievers allow Dr. Parivash Khajavi to render a patient’s experience as comfortable as possible. For any questions about third molar impaction or the extraction process, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Parivash Khajavi at Burien Family Dentistry.