Why Good Dental Hygiene is Important | Northridge Dentist


Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath – but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses.

Alzheimer’s disease

In 2010, researchers from NYU concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers’ analyzed date from 152subjects enrolled in the Glostrop Aging Study and concluded that study participants were nine times more likely to have a score in the lower range of the cognitive test, if they had inflammation of the gums.

Pancreatic Cancer

In 2007, a research team from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, made a strong link between pancreatic cancer and gum disease. Examining data on gum disease from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which involved a cohort of more than 51,000 men and began collecting data in 1986, the Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64% increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease. The researchers suggest that there may be a link between high levels of carcinogenic compounds found in the mouths of people with gum disease and pancreatic cancer risk. They argue that these compounds – called nitrosamines – may react to the digestive chemicals in the gut in a way that creates an environment favorable to the development of pancreatic cancer.

Heart Disease

Perhaps better established is the association between dental hygiene and heart disease.

In 2008, MNT reported on research from joint teams at the University of Bristol in the UK and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, who found that people with bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene could be increasing their risk of heart disease. The researchers found that heart disease risk increased because – in people who have bleeding gums – bacteria from the mouth is able to enter the bloodstream and stick to platelets, which can then form blood clots, interrupting the flow of blood to the heart and triggering a heart attack.

“The mouth is probably the dirtiest place in the human body,” said Dr. Steve Kerrigan from the Royal College of Surgeons, explaining that there are up to 700 different types of bacteria co-existing in our mouths.

For more information about good oral hygiene call Dr. Lunt of Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt of Northridge, CA proudly accepts patients from Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka, and surrounding areas.

Steps to Straight Teeth | Northridge Dentist

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In order to begin the process of using Invisalign, there are a couple of things you should know.

To start, Invisalign is used to solve a series of aesthetic issues that you may have with your teeth. This includes: teeth that are too crowded, teeth that are too far apart, or teeth that are shifting after alignment with traditional braces. If you feel like you suffer from any of these problems, make sure you consult a dentist for Invisalign.

Once you and your dentist have decided on Invisalign, here are the steps in which you must take:

  • Take the Smile Assessment

Invisalign itself offers a smile assessment in which you can gauge whether or not Invisalign will fit your needs, or if you need to look elsewhere.

  • Locate Invisalign doctors in your area

Luckily, Dr. Lunt is a certified Invisalign dentist. He will make sure you have the right information to continue on your Invisalign endeavors.

  • Do Your Research

Once you decide to go into Dr. Lunt’s office, make sure have a series of questions you may want to ask about Invisalign.

  • Begin Treatment

Now that you’ve chosen Dr. Lunt to carry out your procedure, and have undergone all of the pre-treatment steps, Dr. Lunt will take an impression of your teeth. This will then be sent down to a lab and a set of customized aligners will be made for your teeth.

For more information on whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign call Dr. Lunt in Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt also proudly accepts patients from Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka, and surrounding areas.

Teeth Whitening | Northridge Dentist

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There a multitude of ways in which a patient may choose to whiten their teeth. Some of these products include whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays, and whitening products attained from a dentist.

Keep in mind that teeth whitening is ideal for individuals who have healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Here’s a list of whitening systems that should help you identify which one is good for you.

Whitening toothpastes

All toothpastes have the power to remove surface stains because they all contain mild abrasives. Some toothpastes contain gentle polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Whitening toothpastes can help remain surface stains, however don’t contain bleach and so do not have the most effective results right away.

Whitening Strips and Gels

Whitening gels are clear, peroxide based gels applied with a small brush directly to the surface of your teeth. The strength of the peroxide varies in each. Initial results are seen in a few days and final results are sustained for about four months.

Whitening strips are very thing, virtually invisible strips that are coated with a peroxide based whitening gel. They are usually applied twice daily for 30 minutes. These results are seen in a few days and are sustained for about four months.

In Office Bleaching

In office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the product is applied directly to the teeth. These products can be used in combination with heat, a light, or a laser. Results are usually seen in one appointment, however, dramatic results are seen after several appointments.

To find out which treatment is ultimately best suited for you, call Dr. Lunt in Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt also proudly accepts patients from Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka, and surrounding areas.