Finding a Family Dentist That The Entire Family Can Love | Northridge, CA

iStock_000007889488XSmallFinding the right family dentist for the entire family is a key part of ensuring great oral care for everyone. You want a dentist that can meet your specific needs and offers excellent pediatric dental care. A great dentist can make every trip to the office a positive experience. This can make you into well-informed parents that have kids who are motivated to take care of their teeth. What are the most important things you should look for in a good dentist for the entire family?

Parents Needs

When looking for a dentist to care for your family’s teeth, you want a skilled dentist that you have great rapport with. There is no substitute for an experienced family dentist! This is someone that can recognize possible problems and educate you on the best treatment options. The best dentist to find is one that has worked with adults and kids.  This is especially true if you have very young children.  A family dentist can understand and take action on the diverse needs of you and your children may face.  These can include: losing those first teeth, fluoride needs for the entire family and even tooth whitening options.

Having a family dentist that you feel comfortable talking to is also important. You may have questions and concerns about everything from healthy snacks to flossing skills. Every trip to the dentist is an opportunity to have a professional evaluate and care for your family’s teeth, but it also is an opportunity to gain valuable information about oral health and preventative care.

Also look for a family dental office that is practical. Is the office close to where you live? What about the availability of making a next-day appointment for your unforeseen accidents?

What Kids Want

Children want, and need, in a dentist and dental hygienist is very important.  They need someone that is gentle, patient and work with kids on a daily basis. A child friendly waiting room is great, but kindness of the dentist and staff is what will help your child feel comfortable and encouraged. Help your kids gain a positive attitude toward dental visits by finding a professional office that makes them feel good about taking care of their teeth.

For more information on Family Dentistry, 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.

Back to school planning? Don’t forget the Dentist! | Northridge, CA

CMany families are starting to think about back to school season.  Shopping for school supplies,  school clothes, and even dorm room furniture are just a few items that parents and college students spend the last few weeks of summer thinking about.  While busy running around from store to store, most people forget to add “visit the dentist” to their list of things to do.  That’s right!  Experts agree that visiting the dentist before the school year kicks off is a great idea, especially for college bound students, and here’s why.

The National Center for Education Statistics recently reported that there were more than 2.5 million new college freshmen. Many of these students are still teenagers and this will be their first taste of freedom.  They will have complete say over what they eat, when they sleep, how their free time is spent, and how much time they spend on school related tasks.  It’s an exciting time with a lot of responsibility attached.  According to a Fox News article, with this comes an increased chance for a rise in health issues.  A wide range of dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, grinding, and impacted wisdom teeth, often happen during this time of poor diet, lack of sleep, increased stress, and excessive “partying”.  These new factors make it even more important to visit the dentist before they head off to school.  Here are some tips that are recommended to improve your oral health during this transition time.

  • Schedule a check up with your dentist a few weeks before leaving for school.  If any work is necessary, you’ll have time to get it done before they head off to school.
  • Get your wisdom teeth checked.  Third molars often erupt during college years (ages 17-21).  If they are impacted, they can cause pain or infection, which would eventually require emergency attention.
  • Discuss a night-guard appliance with your dentist.  Stress can causes individuals to grind or clench their teeth.  If this happens, a simple and comfortable night-guard can prevent damage and alleviate pain associated with these habits.
  • As a special treat, consider teeth whitening.  Studies have shown that a person’s smile is the most people base their first impression on when meeting new people.  Brightening your smile will increase your self esteem and give you the confidence to start school off right.
  • Practice good eating habits.  What you eat plays a HUGE role in oral health and general wellness.  Making good food and drink choices by eliminating refined carbohydrates, sugars, and carbonated beverages will help your students health.  Instead reach for greens and fresh fruits and be sure to drink plenty of water.

Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your CSUN/Cal State Northridge Students 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 to schedule an appointment 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.

College Students and Oral Diseases | Northridge, CA

Young study groupRecently it’s been found that over two-thirds of college students suffer from oral diseases. Oral diseases not only cause pain and discomfort, but also can lead to additional medical issues.  Furthermore, students with dental issues have been found to have lower self-image and suffer from social anxiety. Dental professionals agree that the most common causes for these oral diseases are diet and lifestyle. The connection between the lifestyle (sleep, stress level, and oral hygiene practices), diet of school students, and dental health was studied in 200 college students at the University of Kentucky. The participants included 50 male students and 150 female students aged 19 – 21.

The students completed surveys asking about their diet, lifestyle, oral hygiene, and frequency of any dental diseases throughout their school years.  The study showed that 21.5% of participants suffered from dental issues throughout their college years.  52% reported not brushing their teeth before going bed on a minimum of once per week. Of this 52%, 26.2% reported suffering from dental issues. On the other side, of the 48% of participants that always brushed their teeth before bed, only 16.7% suffered from dental issues.

Also, it was found that the commonness of dental issues were greater with the consumption of coffee/tea and sugar-sweetened beverages.  In addition, those studied that visited a dentist regularly were less likely to have dental issues. Due to the prevalence of dental issues and lack of oral hygiene among college students, students need to be educated of the potential dangers related to their lifestyles and diet with regard to long term oral health.

Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your students 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 to schedule an appointment 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.

Foods for Healthier Teeth, Northridge CA

Fruit and VeggiesCheese
Cheese is low in sugar and acid and high in calcium, making it a good choice. But it also contains casein, a protein found in milk that is particularly useful for fortifying the tooth’s surface.
Sugar Free Gum
Xylitol is a sugar replacement, which is found in many sugar-free gums and mints, is helpful because it prevents harmful bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar, thus generating harmful acids that degrade tooth enamel.
Celery
Most raw, fresh veggies are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires chewing, which causes an abundance of saliva. Celery is a particular winner because it breaks down into fibrous strands that naturally clean the teeth.
Tap Water
Most communities have fluoride added to the drinking water. That’s because fluoride remineralizes teeth, reversing damage caused by acids, which strip away the enamel layer, or “demineralize” it.
So, if you live in a community with tap water that is already fluoridated, drink up!
Pears
Fresh fruit is another good option because, like veggies, its fibrous nature stimulates saliva production. Pears, in particular, are a good pick.
Skip the dried fruit when it comes to teeth: the concentrated, sticky and sugary nature of dried fruits make them tooth enamel killers.
Yogurt
Another healthful provider of casein, yogurt also contains calcium and phosphates that remineralize the teeth.
Sesame Oil
Sesame seeds are thought to reduce plaque and help remineralize tooth enamel.