How Salt Water Rinses Help Your Oral Health | Northridge Dentist

Man SmilingWe all have our daily dental routines – brush, floss and rinse. There isn’t a whole lot of variation to this and by doing this daily, we assume that we are going to prevent dental issues from happening. While mouthwash tends to have a minty flavor, there is actually another oral rinse that works wonders. That rinse is warm salt water. Yes, not the most delicious of things you’d ever want to gargle, but there are many benefits to the method. Because of the preserving and antibacterial properties in salt, it has tremendous effects on microbes when diluted and dissolved in water. It’s more than just a disinfectant; it also helps in removing swelling of oral tissues. Therefore, using salt water for a few weeks following any dental procedure works very well as a treatment, for short-term. These are a few of the medical conditions that can benefit from using a salt water rinse:

Halitosis: Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. It is an uncomfortable condition that happens to people for various reasons. While poor oral hygiene is generally the cause, even washing your mouth out several times may still fail to beat halitosis. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can prevent bacterial growth and infection, which often causes halitosis.

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a typical condition characterized by swelling, inflammation and bleeding gums due to growth of bacteria that coats teeth naturally. Bacteria proliferation forms a sticky and whitish film, called plaque. Rinsing the mouth with salt water solution daily can help in soothing inflamed gums and wiping out cavity-causing bacteria.

Toothache: Toothaches can happen to anyone; it is a common complication caused by several reasons. While bacteria is one of the main causes, sometimes weak roots or open nerve endings can also lead to sensitivity and throbbing in teeth. Gargling regularly with salt water can offer some pain relief.

Sore Throat: Sore throat causing cough and pain is common and a seasonal condition. Salt water gargle can help in relieving soreness.

Salt water changes the pH of the mouth, which deters the reproduction of many microorganisms, but it doesn’t outright kill everything. At the very least, salt water is soothing to the mucous membranes of your mouth, but it should not be swallowed in quantity. Talk to your dentist about the benefits of using a salt water rinse.

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

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

Is Having Gum Disease Really That Bad?

Dental HygieneWhile the effects of periodontal disease in the mouth – from bleeding gums to loss of teeth – have been well documented and highly publicized in recent years, what most people still don’t know is just how bad gum disease is.

Not that losing teeth isn’t bad enough, but recent studies have shown that periodontal disease not only causes oral complications, but may also be linked to other major health complications.

A possible reason why this may be so is because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and that bacteria can travel to anywhere in the body.

In any case, below are the few ways not taking proper care of teeth can harm your overall health.

  1. It may cause heart complications. People who are suffering from gum disease are also twice more likely to suffer from heart complications, such as coronary artery disease, compared to those who have healthier mouths. One theory explains that the harmful bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream and attach to the heart’s blood vessels, causing inflammation and increasing the likelihood of blood clots developing, of which can trigger heart attacks.

 

  1. It may lead to mental illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s. Again, one theory claims that the bacteria from the mouth, mainly from gingivitis, can travel to the brain through the nerve channels. Though, it can also do so through the blood stream. Regardless of where, it is proposed that the bacteria can contribute to the development of plaque that’s been closely linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

 

  1. It can make blood sugar harder to control. Diabetics are more prone to infections and periodontal disease is a bacterial infection. Aside from that, gum disease has also been proven to make it harder to maintain or control blood sugar, and that treating it can help curb diabetic symptoms and prevent further complications.

 

  1. It may affect your respiratory system. Breathing in bacteria has long been known to cause respiratory infections, so what more if the bacteria actually live inside your mouth? Studies show that gum disease can cause infections, such as pneumonia, in the lungs.

 

  1. It can cause issues with pregnancy and conception. Apart from how pregnant women are more at risk for gum disease, it seems that gum disease can also cause problems with conception. Those who are looking forward to getting pregnant have a harder time doing so. At the same time, gum disease also increases the chances of miscarriage among pregnant women.

Preventing Gum Disease

The truth is, as complicated as dealing with gum disease is and the many complications that it’s been linked to, preventing and even reversing it when it is still in its early stages is really quite easy.

It all boils down to doing four things – brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, rinsing with mouthwash and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups, as well as professional cleaning.

If you make sure that you do all four, you should find yourself enjoying a complete, healthy and infection-free smile for many more years to come.

If you’re suffering from gum disease and are due for a professional cleaning, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.davidlunt.com for more information regarding gum disease.

 

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.

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.

Braces vs. Invisalign | Northridge Cosmetic Dentist

177406608Dr. Lunt lists the following age groups that can benefit from either braces or Invisalign:

According to professionals, children from the ages of 7-12 will benefit from braces. At this age, children are still experiencing growth and development in their teeth and mouths. For this reason, braces are a perfect option to correct misaligned teeth that could cause dental problems in the future.

Teenagers from the ages 13-18 are highly recommended braces because most teenagers experience dental problems such as overbites, underbites, and chewing problems that can be easily solved with braves. Teens can also be good candidates for Invisalign, but only your professional dentist will tell you the best option for your dental situation.

Adults 19 and over are highly recommended to invest in Invisalign because the clear aligners allow you to avoid any metal in your mouth. Invisalign aligners can be taken out when you eat and brush your teeth so you no longer have to worry about food getting stuck between brackets.

Invisalign may be the perfect option for you, but only Dr. Lunt can consult with you on what is best for your oral health. Schedule an appointment today because your ideal smile is just a call away.

For more information on whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign call Dr. Lunt in Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt also proudly accepts patients from Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka, and surrounding areas.

Daily Hygiene and Healthy Gums | Serving Granada Hills, CA

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Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think.  In addition to daily oral hygiene of brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you maintain healthy gums and helps in the prevention of gum disease.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy.  Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention.  Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth.  Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar) are damaging to teeth.  Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

Here are a few more ways to help keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush often – Whenever you eat, you are leaving behind bacteria in your mouth that, if left alone, can cause plaque.
  • Floss daily – It is best to floss 2-3 times a day.  Flossing is essential to getting rid of all the bacteria that is trapped between your teeth (the areas your tooth brush cannot reach).
  • Use mouthwash – Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, it also helps get rid of bacteria.  If you can, use it after every meal.  It is important to note that mouthwash is not nearly as effective as brushing or flossing.

If you would like more information on daily oral hygiene and  keeping your gums healthy please contact Dr. David Lunt DDS in Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or visit our website at www.davidluntdds.com.

Proudly serving Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Winnetka and all surrounding areas.

 

Take Home Teeth Whitening! | Serving San Fernando, CA

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Are your teeth dull, yellow and stained? Dr. David Lunt DDS can give you a beautiful white smile with the use of a take home teeth whitening system! The unique teeth whitening formula Dr. Lunt uses reduces sensitivity, rebuilds enamel and reduces fadeback. Leaving you with a bright white beautiful smile!

Call Dr. Lunt DDS in Northridge, CA to get the bright white smile of your dreams at 818-885-7230. Learn more about Dr. Lunt by visiting his website at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Accepting patients from Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

Foods for Healthier Teeth, Northridge CA

Fruit and VeggiesCheese
Cheese is low in sugar and acid and high in calcium, making it a good choice. But it also contains casein, a protein found in milk that is particularly useful for fortifying the tooth’s surface.
Sugar Free Gum
Xylitol is a sugar replacement, which is found in many sugar-free gums and mints, is helpful because it prevents harmful bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar, thus generating harmful acids that degrade tooth enamel.
Celery
Most raw, fresh veggies are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires chewing, which causes an abundance of saliva. Celery is a particular winner because it breaks down into fibrous strands that naturally clean the teeth.
Tap Water
Most communities have fluoride added to the drinking water. That’s because fluoride remineralizes teeth, reversing damage caused by acids, which strip away the enamel layer, or “demineralize” it.
So, if you live in a community with tap water that is already fluoridated, drink up!
Pears
Fresh fruit is another good option because, like veggies, its fibrous nature stimulates saliva production. Pears, in particular, are a good pick.
Skip the dried fruit when it comes to teeth: the concentrated, sticky and sugary nature of dried fruits make them tooth enamel killers.
Yogurt
Another healthful provider of casein, yogurt also contains calcium and phosphates that remineralize the teeth.
Sesame Oil
Sesame seeds are thought to reduce plaque and help remineralize tooth enamel. 
 

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winner! # 1Congratulations Christina M. for being our winner in our quarterly drawing for a FREE professional Sonicare Toothbrush!

 

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Dr. David Lunt and team are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive exam and start on the road to a healthier, beautiful smile.  Contact Dr. David Lunt 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.