Pediatric Dental Care Starts from Birth | Northridge Dentist

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Halloween is a sweet time of year for your child. Sometimes it is difficult to be a parent when there is sweet treats everywhere your little one turns. But protecting their dental health at home is easy to do. Here are just a few little tips to keep in mind when it seems like keeping their smile bright is an impossible feat, and it starts from infancy. Yes, even little ones without teeth can start becoming accustomed to dental health care. The sooner you get them into a good routine, the easier it will be when this holiday rolls around every year.

Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water.  If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.

To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.

Help a young child brush at night, the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then the parent can follow up to ensure that all plaque is removed. Usually by age 5 or so, the child can learn to brush his or her own teeth with proper parental instruction.

The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene. Have them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Children love to feel like they’re doing adult things and it will help them feel responsible for their teeth.

In addition, preventative routine dental checkups ensure your child has healthy teeth and gums. Don’t wait. Schedule your child’s next pediatric dental visit with Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or online at davidluntdds.com.

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

An Abscessed Tooth is A Dangerous Ailment | Northridge, CA

Toothache girlDr. David Lunt of Northridge, CA knows an abscessed tooth is something that is completely preventable by following simple oral health steps.

To start off, an abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of a tooth or between gums caused by decay, trauma to the tooth, gingivitis or other gum diseases. An abscessed tooth begins when bacteria infect the pulp (the soft tissue core) of a tooth, through a cavity or cracked tooth, and progresses until pockets of pus begin to form at the root of the tooth creating an abscessed tooth.  Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in mouth, bad breath, swollen glands at the neck or jaw and painful chewing. Symptoms as well as the severity of these symptoms vary depending on the patient. Some patients feel excruciating pain right away, on the other hand, other patients do not know they have an abscessed tooth until they go in for a routine dental exam.

An abscessed tooth can become very dangerous if left untreated. An untreated abscessed tooth can spread infections to other areas of the mouth causing loss of teeth, facial disfigurement due to infection rotting facial bones, and put immune system at risk of developing other health problems. If an abscess is allowed to grow and spread through tissue, it can cause dramatic outward facial swelling called cellulitis and in rare cases death.

Do not risk losing your teeth, if you suspect something is wrong with your teeth, do not hesitate to call Dr. David Lunt and make an appointment at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, CSUN, Cal State Northridge, and surrounding areas.

Help, I have tooth pain! Do I need a root canal? | General Dentistry | Northridge, CA

A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria. When a root canal becomes infected it can die. At this point you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth. According to Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA this is your first sign that you will need one of the most common procedures in general dentistry, root canal therapy. Without treatment the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.

What is root canal therapy?

When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped. Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent re-contamination of the tooth. Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown.

A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

If you are experiencing tooth pain and feel you might have an infected root canal, contact Dr. Lunt at 818-885-7230. Visit his website at www.davidluntdds.com.