Proper Oral Hygiene For Your Children

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Tooth decay, while rare, can and will happen to children and is considered as the most common chronic children’s disease in America. This could probably be the result of many things, though the most common suspect if the negligence of parents and their lack of knowledge of proper oral hygiene for children.

While severe tooth decay can result in tooth loss, which is a serious condition even for adults, it is something that can be prevented.

As parents, it is up to you to establish good oral hygiene habits for your children and you can do that by following these simple tips.

When the first tooth finally erupts

The first tooth usually shows somewhere around 6 and 9 months of age. By the age of 3, your child should already have, at least, 20 primary teeth. Children who do not develop their first tooth by 9 months should be checked by pediatricians for any developmental problems.

The primary teeth are white. It should have no spots or stains, and the gums should be smooth, as well as pink. If you see spots or stains in your child’s teeth, go to the dentist immediately.

It’s recommended that children be taken for their first dental visit six months after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.

Cleaning your child’s primary teeth

For the first twelve months, your baby’s gums should be gently wiped using a clean washcloth or gauze. Once the first tooth appears, you should clean the surface using a soft-bristled, baby toothbrush and water. Do this after breakfast and before bedtime.

Between the 12th and 24th month, you should start using a child-size toothbrush and a pea-size amount of toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste should be avoided unless it’s specifically recommended by either your child’s dentist or pediatrician as children this young won’t be able to safely spit the toothpaste out.

Once your child’s teeth begin touching each other, which usually happen around the 24th and 30th month, you should start flossing their teeth. You can start teaching them how to brush and floss on their own too by this age, albeit with your supervision. Though, you may have to floss their teeth for them until they’re around 10 years old since younger children tend to have trouble flossing.

It’s also important that you apply proper technique when brushing and flossing your child’s teeth. If possible, ask for a proper demonstration from your child’s dentist.

Making it a family affair

Children are great imitators and will often pick up habits they see from the people around them, especially from their parents.

The best way to teach children proper oral hygiene is for you, as parents, to set an example that they can follow. Practice what you preach, as they say.

You can start by encouraging your children to brush and floss together with you. By doing so, you turn dental hygiene into less of a chore and more of a family affair that both you and your child can enjoy and look forward to doing every day!

Make an appointment with David Lunt DDS for your child’s next dental appointment at 818-885-7230. Learn more about Dr. Lunt’s practice by visiting the website at www.davidluntdds.com.

 

The Importance of Regular Cleaning and Dental Exams

Most esteemed dental associations or organizations recommend that people visit their dentists for regular examinations and cleaning as often as twice a year. Why? It’s mainly because both are equally important to maintaining a healthy set of teeth.

Most adults fail to realize this and their oral health tend to suffer tremendously because of it.

If you are one of those who do not believe that regular visits to the dentist are important, then it’s best that you read on.

Visiting the dentist regularly

There are plenty of reasons why lots of people don’t visit the dentist. For one, some suffer from “dental anxiety”, a fear of the dentist that’s often caused by feelings of helplessness when sitting in the dental chair, or whenever they hear the sound of the dental drill, or both even. But, as common as dental anxiety is in its various severities, even more common is the fact that some people just don’t care.

Many firmly believe that regular trips to the dentist are just a waste of both time and money, that dentists should only be visited whenever one encounters problems with their teeth.

In a perfect world, that would be true. But, alas, we do not live in a perfect world.

The importance of regular trips to the dentist is severely undervalued these days and it’s something that needs to be changed immediately.

What happens during a typical visit to the dentist?

One of the key reasons why it’s recommended to visit the dentist regularly is so that they can do a thorough dental examination of your teeth.

During this initial checkup appointment, dentists will evaluate the state of your gums, perform examinations on your head and neck to check for anything out of the norm and examine your whole mouth for any signs of diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, jaw problems, periodontal disease and even oral cancer.

Dentists will then proceed to clean your teeth after examining your mouth and face. They’ll usually pay close attention to plaque and tartar. This is because if left to build up, both can cause various dental problems, some of which are hard to reverse.

Now, you’re probably wondering, if a person brushes their teeth regularly, uses the right oral wash and even flosses, does he or she still need to go to the dentist twice a year?

Well, the answer is yes.

Frequent dental examinations are one of the best ways to protect yourself from any kind of dental problem. And, if in the unfortunate case that you do develop a problem with your mouth or teeth, frequent dental examinations can help prevent the worsening of the condition by identifying, then treating it early on.

Another alarming fact that you’d definitely want to take note of is that there’s growing evidence that shows that periodontal disease is linked (and may even cause) various other systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, as well as problems with pregnancy.

Frequent dental examinations and cleaning are just as important as brushing, flossing and rinsing when it comes to dental care. Be sure to call your dentist today to schedule an appointment so that your teeth are well taken care of, both by professionals and by you at home.

Schedule your next dental check up and cleaning today with David Lunt DDS at 818-885-7230. Visit his website at www.davidluntdds.com.

Three Possible Solutions For Your Missing Teeth | Northridge Dentist

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Missing teeth are not as dire as other dental problems. After all, you can just leave the gaps be and live on with your life. Of course, you wouldn’t be able to chew nor smile as well as before if more than a couple of teeth are missing, you can just go on without them. However, for adults who don’t want to live their rest of their lives with an incomplete smile, dental medicine offers a couple of solutions – three, in fact.

1. Dentures

Lots of people do not like dentures because they have a reputation for looking obvious. However, if done well enough, dentures can easily blend well with the rest of your teeth. Not only that, they’re also a more affordable option, which is why they’re the most common dental solution for missing teeth.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive compared to other options
  • Maintenance is easy
  • Easy to repair

Disadvantages:

  • May irritate the gums of the other teeth, leading to a condition called “gum stripping”.
  • Very prone to breaking if not maintained.
  • The fitting surface will have to be regularly reshaped to fit the growth of your jaw as you grow older.
  • There is the possibility of the dentures falling off anytime without warning.

2. Bridges

Dental bridges are another possible option for those who want to have their missing teeth replaced. They’re usually constructed by placing a dental crown on the gap once it’s been prepared and then suspending a new bridge in between the said crowns.

Dental bridges are known to last for years and even decades, making them an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth.

Pros:

  • Very reliable
  • They look much better compared to dentures
  • Will last for a very long time

Cons:

  • Initial costs, replacement and maintenance can be quite expensive.
  • The gums under the false tooth may form a space underneath after many years, creating an unnatural look and a very unhygienic food trap.
  • There’s a higher chance of decay around the area of the crown, which can cause problems for your other teeth.

3. Dental Implants

Most dentists today prefer this method as it doesn’t involve destroying any part of the remaining natural teeth. To put simply, a dental implant is just a titanium replacement and can easily be placed in the socket from where your tooth was extracted from. Though, dentists can also create a new socket if necessary.

Implants may be a bit new compared to the other two on this list, but they’re slowly becoming the most common choice among dentists and patients alike.

Dental implants can easily replace anything from one missing tooth to a full set of pearly whites.

PROS:

  • The safest option of the three.
  • The best looking because the titanium replacement will be made to look exactly like the remaining natural teeth.
  • Very low maintenance, doesn’t need to be replaced and are known to last longer than bridges.

CONS:

  • More costly compared to the other two procedures listed here.

Regardless of which of the three you think is best for you, always consult your local dentist first as they will be the ones to discuss with you the best possible option for your particular case.

Make an appointment today with David Lunt DDS to discuss the options available to you for your missing teeth. Call 818-885-7230 or visit the website at davidluntdds.com.

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