Tobacco Use and Quitting! Northridge, Ca

Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, so it comes with no surprise that cigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your oral health as well. For one, tobacco products can cause bad breath, but that’s only the beginning…

Other possible oral health impacts of smoking and all tobacco products include:

  • stained teeth and tongue
  • dulled sense of taste and smellNo_smoking_symbol_svg
  • slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery
  • difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
  • gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease)
  • oral cancer

As a Dental Hygienist, I am excited when I hear that one of my patients is trying to quit or has already quit smoking or chewing tobacco.  Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these oral health and other tobacco-related health problems. It is amazing the difference that I can see in my patients who are former smokers.  Their breath smells better, there is less staining, and their gums bleed less.  These improvements can and have been seen in just a matter of months! 

The addictive quality of nicotine can make quitting especially difficult. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and a support network.  Be held accountable and tell people to help you stick to your plan. Write down your reasons for quitting and post it around the house and at work if you need daily reminders.  Not one person is the same, and therefore not everyone will use the same plan when trying to quit tobacco.  Find what works for you.  Exercising, chewing gum and keeping yourself busy can help you quit. You can also talk to your doctor to see if the medications available would help you to stop using tobacco.   

Bottom line: Being tobacco-free is healthier for you and for those around you. Make a plan to quit, stick to it and start living a healthier life.

For more information and free resources on how to quit, visit Smokefree.gov.

 

Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Contact Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, CSUN, Cal State Northridge, and surrounding areas.

 

Could Your Toothbrush Be Making You Sick? | Northridge, CA

kidscornerfaqMore than likely….NO. Regardless of how many bacteria live in your mouth, or have gotten in there via your toothbrush, your body’s natural defenses make it highly doubtful that you’re going to catch an infection simply from brushing your teeth.

Luckily, the human body is usually able to defend itself from bacteria. There is no real evidence that sitting the toothbrush in your bathroom in the toothbrush holder is causing any real damage or harm or that the bacteria on your toothbrush are turning into infections.

Nevertheless, you should use some common sense about storing your toothbrush, including how close it is to the toilet.

Don’t Brush Where You Flush

Most bathrooms are small. And in many homes, the toilet is pretty close to the bathroom sink where you keep your toothbrush.

Every time you flush the toilet it sends a spray of bacteria into the air. And you don’t want the toilet spray anywhere near your open toothbrush.

Do you store your plates and glasses by the toilet? You probably answered an disgusted, NO.  Then why would you want to place your toothbrush there? Then storing your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible makes perfect sense.

You also wouldn’t eat after going to the bathroom without first washing your hands. The same advice applies before brushing your teeth.

Toothbrush Storage Tips

Now that you have moved your toothbrush away from the toilet, here are a few other storage tips to keep your brush as germ-free as possible:

  • Keep it rinsed. Wash off your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water every time you use it.
  • Keep it dry. Bacteria love moist environments, so make sure your brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep it upright. Store your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
  • Keep it to yourself. No matter how close you are to your sister, brother, spouse, or roommate, don’t ever use their toothbrush. Don’t even store your toothbrush side-by-side in the same cup with other people’s brushes. Whenever toothbrushes touch, they can swap germs.

Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Contact Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, CSUN, Cal State Northridge, and surrounding areas.

Our New Winner! Northridge, Ca

winner! # 1Congratulations Christina M. for being our winner in our quarterly drawing for a FREE professional Sonicare Toothbrush!

 

Find out how you can be the next winner by contacting Luisa at (818) 885-7230.

 

Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive exam and start on the road to a healthier, beautiful smile.  Contact Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, CSUN, Cal State Northridge, and surrounding areas.

The Best in General Dentistry | Northridge, CA

Tooth brush etcDr. David Lunt of Northridge, CA is proud to offer the best in aesthetic and general dentistry. We believe in overall wellness and in making a personal connection with each patient, so that we can offer the best custom treatment plan for each individual.

Learning your personal history, your present condition of oral health and wellness and your future expectations helps to establish which type of treatment options are right for you; whether it is preventative care, esthetic treatments or restorative dentistry.

Dr. David Lunt has an array of cosmetic, restorative and general dental treatment options are unsurpassed. The following is just an example of some of the treatment options available:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Bridges and Dentures
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • White composite fillings
  • Inlays/Onlays
  • Implant dentistry

Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive exam and start on the road to a healthier, beautiful smile.  Contact Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, CSUN, Cal State Northridge, and surrounding areas.

Types of Dental Restoration | Northridge, CA

endodonticsWith developing technology, Dr. David Lunt has a variety of methods to help you repair worn, damaged, decayed or missing teeth. Depending on the issue Dr. David Lunt will perform either direct or indirect dental restoration. With direct dental restoration, Dr. David Lunt will place a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately in a single office visit. As for an indirect restoration, a customized tooth replacement in the form of crowns, onlays or inlays is created. Since these replacements must be created in a lab, more than one office visit is necessary. Dr. David Lunt can help you decide which type of procedure is more accommodating for you.

For more information, contact Dr. David Lunt and make an appointment at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, CSUN, Cal State Northridge, and surrounding areas.

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