Teeth Whitening | Northridge, Ca Dentist

459899307We’ve all seen the celebrities on TV or magazines with those perfect white smiles. Even with all your efforts of maintaining proper oral health yet your teeth still lack that certain sparkle. What does it take to achieve that level of brightness? Whitening is the obvious answer or even veneers but lets focus on whitening today. In todays modern dentistry there are several options, varying from toothpaste to professional treatments, depending on the level of whiteness you’d like to achieve.

Several brands of toothpaste claim to whiten teeth, and supply stores sell all varieties of teeth whitening products – trays, gels, strips, and rinses – over the counter. The over the counter products will, with regular use, get you some level of shade lighting and stain removal. Other over the counter whitening products typically contain a bleaching agent – such as hydrogen peroxide – to lighten the color of your teeth.

Dr. Lunt, however, can offer you whitening options that can get results same day. The first is take-home tray based, using chemicals stronger than over-the-counter trays, but working on the same basic principle. Often times dentist provided trays are custom-molded to the patients teeth, providing a smooth, comfortable fit suitable for wearing for multiple hours each day – often even overnight.  Beyond the trays, dentists can often perform whitening in the office, using light and heat activated bleaching chemicals, providing a significant whitening in as little as 60 minutes. Because the procedure is supervised by a dentist, much stronger chemicals can be used, and much more dramatic results can be seen almost immediately. Of course, the results of whitening are never really permanent. Our daily habits will eventually stain and discolor your teeth, so some level of maintenance will be required. It is  important to have all the facts about teeth whitening and maintenance prior to starting a whitening treatment.

If you want to give professional whitening a try contact Dr. Lunt, he is happy to guide you on the correct whitening method for the best individual results.

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.

Recognizing Periodontal Disease | Northridge, Ca Dentist

176997237Have you been experiencing persistent bad breath or perhaps notice a loose tooth? Periodontitis, also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end — if not properly treated — with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth(Source: webmd.com).

Only a dentist or a periodontist can recognize and determine the progression of gum disease. Though, plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease.

Factors such as:

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol use

Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures

Even with all these symptoms and warning signs, periodontal disease often goes unnoticed. If you don’t notice any symptoms, you could still have some degree of gum disease. In some people, gum disease may affect only certain teeth, such as the molars.

Keeping your gums healthy requires a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day, using a mouthwash, flossing and maintaining a healthy diet. Of course, visiting your dentist for routine cleanings and checkups bi-annually can head of potential larger oral health problems. Prevention is your key to oral health success!

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 Proper Tools for Oral Health | Northridge, Ca Dentist

479931319Most of us know that at home oral care is a key factor in your overall oral health. Have you ever thought that you might not be using the correct tool(s) for the job? Your dentist will tell you that one of the most important factors in oral health is regular brushing, rinsing and flossing. While most floss is fairly similar, a trip to your local store will show you dozens of types of toothbrushes. But which one is right for you, or better yet, which one should you be using? There’s soft, medium or firm, manual or electric, which one is best?

When deciding between disposable manual toothbrushes and electric, the decision is typically one of personal preference. Used properly, both are able to clean your teeth and protect against gum disease. Some clinical studies have shown that rotating and oscillating electric brushes (which both rotate in a circle and move back and forth) are slightly better at cleaning teeth than a manual brush. While electric toothbrushes may be slightly more effective, they also tend to be significantly more expensive. If you tend to be a vigorous brusher, using an electric toothbrush may allow you to let the electric motor do the work, and spare your gums from the extra manual brushing.

When deciding between the various brush options, one of the most difficult decisions tends to be soft, medium, or hard bristles. For most people, choosing a soft bristle toothbrush is the safest option – if you brush too hard, a medium or firm bristled toothbrush may damage either the enamel on your teeth, or the gum tissue. Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Rounded bristles will help keep teeth and gums safe.

You should always choose a toothbrush with the American Dental Association Seal of Approval. Brushes with this seal, whether disposable or replacements for electric toothbrushes, have been tested to ensure that they’re safe, that they won’t lose bristles during operation, and that they will effectively reduce plaque with proper use.

You can’t overestimate the importance of good oral hygiene — not only for dental health, but for your overall wellbeing. If you have questions about the which brush to use, or if you feel unsure about whether or not you’re using it properly, contact your dentist – they’ll be happy to give you recommendations, and show you how to properly brush with your chosen toothbrush.

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.