What is Dry Mouth? | Northridge, Ca Dentist

We’ve all felt that sticky gross feeling in our mouths before, it’s not pleasant!

Saliva plays an important role in your oral health. Saliva moistens and cleanses our mouth and helps digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. This is known as dry mouth.

Dry mouth is a common problem. It can range from being merely a nuisance to something that has a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth, as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food.

Common symptoms include:

  • A sticky, dry mouth
  • Frequent thirst
  • Cracked lips, sores in the mouth, or split skin at the corners of the lips
  • A feeling of dryness in the throat
  • A dry, red, raw tongue
  • A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth, especially on the tongue
  • Problems speaking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Dry nasal passages

If you have dry mouth, Dr. Lunt can provide solutions. If left untreated, dry mouth can cause problems including, but aren’t limited to, increased risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, and mouth infections.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

How Are Dental Tools Cleaned? | Northridge, Ca Dentist

When a patient visits a dentist, chances are they’ll notice that the dentist uses a wide range of tools. It’s reasonable for a patient who sees tools going into their mouth to wonder how each tool is sterilized.

The American Dental Association, working with the Centers for Disease Control, sets guidelines for dental tool sterilization. Various tools are broken down into three distinct categories, each of which is treated differently based on risk.

The first category is critical tools – these are tools that may penetrate tissue or bone, such as scalpels, forceps, and scalers. Because they’re penetrating into sterile tissue, it’s absolutely crucial that these tools be sterilized regularly – after each and every use. The ADA requires that these tools be sterilized using steam under pressure, dry heat, or chemical heat.

For semi-critical tools that still come in contact with mucous membranes or non-intact skin – such as mirrors and dental trays for impressions – the ADA recommends that these, too, should be sterilized after every use. However, in some cases where sterilization isn’t practical, it’s permissible for these tools to be disinfected with an EPA certified high-level disinfectant.

Finally, non-critical tools that only come in contact skin, such as x-ray components and blood pressure cuffs, have a relatively low risk of transmitting infection. However, they are still cleaned between patients with a medium-level or low-level disinfectant, suitable for hospital use (in fact, the disinfectant is typically labeled ‘hospital disinfectant’).

Dentists are very aware of the risk that non-sterilized instruments pose to your oral health, and work diligently to keep a safe and sterile workspace, and that includes safe and sterile tools. Proper safety procedures greatly reduce patient risk, and your dentist happily complies with the most recent ADA guidelines for managing tools in a safe manner.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

The Damaging Effects of Soda | Northridge, Ca Dentist

They’re fizzy, bubbly, they’re refreshing, they’re delicious…they’re ruining your teeth! Soda, pop, cola, whatever you call it, we Americans love it. In fact, half the people in the United States consume soda on any given day. Of course, in moderation it poses very little threat, but a steady consumption of soft drinks is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. It’s no secret there exists a strong link between soda consumption and tooth decay. Heavy soda consumption has also been linked to other health complications including diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

The term, ‘Sip All Day, Get Decay!’,  may sound naggy but it’s also very true! Bacteria feed off sugar, which is plentiful in a can of soda. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. When sipping on soda all day the sugar and the acidity is sitting on your teeth, eating away at your enamel, staining your teeth, and setting off bacteria bombs.

There are of course measures can be taken to prevent and reduce tooth decay.

  • Drink water – Water is beneficial in more ways than one in this instance
  • Restricting other sugared beverages to occasional use
  • Consuming two or more servings of dairy foods

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take. These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel. Kids and teens are most susceptible to tooth decay because their tooth enamel is not fully developed(Source: WDA.org).

Watch this entertaining and informative video on soda being a detriment to your oral health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-nPxBF24wM

You can avoid tooth decay and other health problems that arise from drinking too many soft drinks, other carbonated beverages, sports drinks, iced and sweet teas and other sweetened liquids (like fruit juices).

Of course, brushing, flossing and rinsing twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly will reduce your risk of tooth decay improve and/or maintain your oral health.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.