Vacations Are No Reason to Say ‘Bon Voyage!’ to Your Dental Health | Northridge Dentist

480865629If there is any word that goes hand in hand with the word summertime, that word would be vacation. The weather is glorious and the kiddies are off school; it’s time to make a mad dash out of the house for a few days. The destination doesn’t really matter. All that matters are making a few memories with the ones you love most during this deliciously delightful time of year. So we pack a few things and off we go…off to spend a few days being carefree. The world is our oyster!

But before you hit the road, take a few moments to prepare for an emergency we never really think about: an oral one. Vacations are all about fun, and the last thing we want to think about is our teeth. Tis the season for ice cream & other amazing summertime treats. From BBQs to travel plans, summertime is definitely a time of year we throw caution to the wind and devour anything that tickles our fancy. Be cognizant of the amount of sugars you intake (carbs and alcohol are also sugars!), also drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep saliva production active. The more saliva you produce, the more protection you’re giving your mouth from cavity-forming bacteria and bad breath. And while it can easily to slip your mind, make sure you pack your dental kit in with your things. Practicing your oral hygiene daily is a top priority when tasting all the delicious goodies at your disposal. No one wants to come home to a mouth full of cavities after a wonderful time away.

If you are more of an active vacationer, you know that keeping protected from the sun is a must, but did you know your lips are even more sensitive to the sun’s rays? Keep some type of lip balm handy for those outdoor adventures. Being active also leads to a lot more accidental mishaps, so be aware of your surroundings at all times. Cracking a tooth on a swimming pool or some other dental emergency could spoil the fun if you aren’t careful. Carrying a dental first aid kit is a pretty smart idea if you are planning to spend lots of time outdoors. It’s also a great idea to have a local dental contact handy in case something major happens and immediate action is necessary. Being proactive on a vacation saves a lot of stress, and isn’t that exactly what you’re there to do?

When you get back from your lovely holiday, make an appointment with your dentist for a quick check-up and cleaning if you didn’t get a chance do it before. Having someone take a look at your teeth after a vacation is always a good idea. Have a great summer!

If you’re considering a vacation and would like to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding dental care while on vacation.

David P. Lunt proudly serves Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka and all surrounding areas.

The Ins & Outs of Dental Floss | Northridge Dentist

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As important as oral health is to our overall well-being, we really have a lax stance on participating to our fullest potential. One of the least favorite of these little dental chores is flossing. Not only did a survey conducted by the American Dental Association revealed that more adult would rather do something they find awful than floss, but the amount of times they floss is the biggest lie dentists hear on a day-to-day basis. But why do we find it so similar to our own daily torture? It’s the forgotten hygiene. Either we’re too busy or we are too lazy, but flossing has become the “Do I haveta?” of the dental world. And unfortunately, flossing is much more important than we think.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. In its conception, floss was made from strands of silk (fancy!), but nowadays it comes from thin filament cord. There are varying thicknesses and varieties to choose from, depending on preference. Some are waxed, some are electric or water-based. There are also handy tools available on the market that help facilitate you in flossing properly, whether you need help reaching all of your teeth or working your way around complicated dental work, like braces. So no matter your reason for avoiding the floss, it isn’t a good one.

Even the process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, reminiscent to a shoe shine fella’s rag. What you’re trying to do is gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Now beyond that, there aren’t a whole lot of rules. Use a new area of floss for every tooth, don’t snap or flick the floss between your teeth (it isn’t good for your teeth and it’s gross), and always use a new piece each time you floss. No particular order necessary to do it right. Work from top to bottom or vice versa. Floss before you brush your teeth or after. You just want to get the cleanest mouth you possibly can each time you clean those pearly whites so that bacteria can’t glom onto your teeth and give you cavities or some other kind of gum disease while you aren’t looking. Preventative measures lead to fewer emergency dental visits.

If you’re considering a dental checkup and would like to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. David P. Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding proper ways to floss.

David P. Lunt proudly serves Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka and all surrounding areas.

The Many Advantages of Invisalign

Wearing orthodontic silicone trainerHaving your teeth fixed and straightened isn’t just so that you can enjoy straighter, better-looking teeth. It’s not even just about you being more confident. While being able to flash a nice-looking smile is nice and all, esthetics isn’t everything and getting your teeth fixed is so much more than that. Like, for example, did you know that having straight teeth makes you less susceptible to gum disease and other dental problems? This is because straighter teeth are easier to clean, as well as less prone to bacteria and plaque buildup.

These days, getting straighter teeth is now easier and faster than ever and it’s all thanks to Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign? 

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are smooth, comfortable, and hard to see and are made specifically for your own teeth and case.

The treatment works by wearing the aligners over your teeth. The aligners then slowly shift your teeth into their proper places. Every now and then, you pop out your old set of aligners and switch to a new set up until you finish your last set of aligners.

The treatment involves minimal interference in your daily life and better yet, are removable, so you really don’t have to worry about making any major adjustment whatsoever.

Why Invisalign? 

 

  • Metal braces are unattractive and can make you feel awkward about your smile. Not to mention that you’d have to make a conscious effort to constantly check your braces for food that may get caught in them. Invisalign, however, is barely noticeable, to the point that you wouldn’t even look like you’re wearing braces. Also, they have to be removed every time you eat, you don’t really have to worry about food getting lodged in them without you knowing.  

 

 

  • Even though you have to wear the Invisalign clear braces for around 22 hours a day, the fact that they’re removable means you don’t have to make as many adjustments as you would with permanently attached metal braces. This is especially useful when you’re eating or participating in a contact sport.  

 

  • Metal braces have wires and bits of metal that may scratch and even puncture the insides of your mouth. If you actively participate in contact sports, even the smallest contact with your mouth can be quite painful and cause a lot of bleeding when you’re wearing braces. Although you can wear a mouth guard to help protect your teeth and gums, you wouldn’t have to worry as much about wires and bits of metal damaging your teeth and gums with Invisalign and their clear aligners.
  • With Invisalign, the complete dental treatment is fully computerized. The plan is also laid out for you from the start. This means that you know exactly what to expect, such as how long you’ll be wearing the clear aligners, before the treatment even begins. This is in stark contrast to metal braces where the treatment process can be a bit of a trial-and-error and you have no idea when exactly it’s going to end.

Invisalign may cost slightly more, but overall, the clear aligners are well worth the price. The treatment doesn’t make you feel as awkward (if at all), is much more comfortable, safer and most important of all, provide results in much less time.