Dental Hygiene Through the Years | Northridge Dentist

Parents usually provide oral hygiene care until their child is old enough to take responsibility for their daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. And believe it or not, it is important from the day your child is born. Their teeth have yet to break through their gums, so make sure to begin dental hygiene as soon as possible. Here is a quick reference guide to take you through the first five years:

Baby faces. Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.

After the first tooth. 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.

Once they turn one. 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 nap time or bedtime.

Toddler time. One thing to keep in mind is that little humans love to do things on their own. Because bedtime leaves your child’s mouth with a lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities, brushing before bed is important. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then just follow-up with the basics until they are flying solo. In fact, the best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example, so make dental routines a family affair.

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

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

CSUN Klotz Student Health Center vs. Dental Insurance | Northridge, CA

Man wearing mouthguardBeing a college student means you’re busy. All the time. Between sports, studying, classes, clubs and social functions, finding the time to think about oral hygiene or visit your dentist may be forgotten. Some of the most damaging things a college student can do to their oral health won’t surprise you. They happen to be extremely common among most students.Drinking energy drinks to pull an all-nighter, late night snacking, drinking alcohol and forgetting to brush your teeth are just a few of the bad habits college students encounter as they search for knowledge.

Student health is important. Getting through school is tough enough as it is. And keeping your teeth and gums healthy now will help to ensure you have healthy teeth when you are old and grey. Dr. David Lunt DDS encourages Cal State Northridge Students to remember their oral health and be sure to have regular dental checkups.

The programs and services of the Klotz Student Health Center do not accept insurance for services at their location. Meanwhile, current students are encouraged to have a health insurance policy to cover medical and dental expenses. Unfortunately, in some cases, what you pay out of pocket may be more than what you would pay for dental insurance and a visit to a dentist off campus. Ridiculous, right? Make sure you look at your options carefully!

For the current 2015-2016 school year, Cal State Northridge currently offers CSUN students the opportunity to purchase Anthem Blue Cross DentalNet insurance.  And wouldn’t you know it, we here at Dr. David Lunt’s office happily accept Anthem Blue Cross DentalNet Insurance for patients!
If this doesn’t make you want to take better care of your smile, how about this? The office of Dr. David Lunt is located very close to the CSUN campus. Depending on your mode of transportation, we are either a 1-minute drive or a close 3-minute walk from the campus. We can’t be any closer, right? Yep, we are located near the Plummer Street and Reseda Blvd. intersection. If the close proximity doesn’t make you want to get your teeth checked, I don’t know what will!

For more information on oral health care, contact Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website

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

Worried About Bad Breath? Northridge, CA

untitledAs a dental hygienist, the most common question I hear from my patients is, “How do I get rid of my bad breath?”  or “How do I prevent bad breath?”  Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by different things, such as:

1.  Bacteria.  Bacteria is the most common reason for bad breath.  Bacteria breed inside your mouth. These micro organisms lurk between your teeth and cover your tongue. When bacteria stagnate, they multiply and give off toxins and stinky odors.

2.  Tonsils.  The deep holes in your tonsils, called crypts, are a common cause of halitosis. If your tonsils are too wide and pitted, a cheese-like smelly substance collects in these holes. These nuggets sometimes smell, and may cause bad breath.

3.  Certain foods.  Foods such as onion, garlic, and fish can cause bad breath — even hours after you brush your teeth.

4.  Tummy Problems.  Sometimes GI problems such as GERD or an ulcer can cause bad breath when you burp and gas is released. Also blame low-carb diets, which cause ketosis, a fat-burning state in the body that produces dragon breath.

5.  Bad Habits.  Any type of smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipe) or chewing tobacco can leave you with a really nasty taste — and smell — in your mouth.

Now that we know what causes bad breath, here are some suggestions to help you achieve kissably fresh breath:

1.  Brush your teeth — and tongue — twice a day to banish bad breath. While you’re brushing your teeth, brush your tongue – especially the back of the tongue. Brushing your tongue will remove smelly bacteria that cause bad breath.

2.  Floss once a day for fresh breath. Flossing is must-do. Flossing gets out hidden food particles and removes plaque. Flossing also helps prevent periodontal disease — another common cause of bad breath.

3.  Drink lots of water to avert bad breath. Lack of fluids can lead to dry mouth and cause bad breath. Dry mouth or reduced saliva can be the result of not drinking enough liquids, mouth breathing, or medications like antihistamines.

4.  Check your sinuses; infections cause bad breath. Bad breath is often a clue to an underlying sinus infection.  Post-nasal drip is most noticeable after sleeping at night, which is why many people rush to brush their teeth first thing in the morning.

5.  Chew gum with xylitol to banish bad breath. Chewing gum makes you salivate if your mouth is dry and causing bad breath. Saliva is what washes away the bacteria in your mouth.

6.  See your dentist. At least every six months, see Dr. David Lunt for teeth cleaning and an oral exam. Dr. David Lunt can check your mouth and teeth for open cavities and gum disease that cause bad breath.

If these tips don’t work to stop your bad breath, see Dr. David Lunt. Occasionally bad breath is a sign of a more serious problem, such as an infection, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, or kidney or liver disease.

For more information on bad breath and how to treat it, contact Dr. David Lunt at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

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

Why Should I Get My Teeth Professionally Cleaned? | Northridge Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-464323669You know the drill when it comes to your teeth. You brush, floss and rinse your mouth twice a day at home, the same way you have been for as long as you can remember. So what is stopping you from going the extra mile for regular teeth cleanings, the same way you did as a kid? Teeth cleanings with your dentist are more thorough than the type of cleaning you do at home. They can get into smallest of crevices a normal toothbrush and floss just can’t. But more than a shiny set of pearly whites, dental cleanings also help to prevent many other health problems. Still not convinced? Here are just a handful of reasons you should really reconsider and that decision:

Gum disease is an infection in your gums that breaks down the bone and soft tissue in your mouth that leads to tooth loss. But it doesn’t only affect your smile. In fact, gum disease has been proved to cause heart disease, stroke and even a low birth rate. Keeping a bi-yearly dental checkup and cleaning will help to prevent all of these health issues.

When it comes to the detection of oral cancers, you can never be too proactive. And when you get your teeth cleaned, you are screened for oral cancer. Like any health issue, early detection is extremely important and getting your teeth cleaned is an easy way to kill two birds with one dental stone. No matter how often you do it, visiting your dentist regularly helps them keep track of your oral health and any problems you have had in the past or are currently experiencing.

When your teeth are healthy and clean and white and you have a beautiful smile, you are more confident and happy. Confidence leads to improved social life and career possibilities. It’s important that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Don’t skip those teeth cleanings, your health depends on it! 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

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

The Ins & Outs of Dental Floss | Northridge Dentist


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 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.

How Crowns and Bridges Work

False Teeth (Denture, Crown, Bridge)Injury, disease and decay are all significant factors that may eventually lead to tooth loss. However, with proper treatment, such as by getting a dental crown or bridge, your smile won’t suffer as much. In fact, your smile may even look better than before as a result.

What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

Bridges and crowns are considered as ‘fixed’ dental prosthetic devices or appliances. Dental professionals, preferably prosthodontists, place them by cementing them right onto the affected tooth, or sometimes, to an implant.

Crowns are usually used to cover and strengthen a severely damaged tooth or ‘cap’ an implant. Meanwhile, bridges cover the gaps where a tooth or two once stood by cementing them to the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth.

Getting a bridge or a crown usually requires only two visits, but sometimes more may be necessary. During the first visit, the dentist simply prepares your teeth and gums for the bridge or crown and then takes an impression of the affected teeth or tooth. Then, the impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown or bridge is made by a dental technician.

After a few days or weeks, you’ll then be called in for the second appointment where the dentist will now place the crown or bridge on your teeth.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

Apart from strengthening damaged teeth and replacing missing ones, bridges and crowns can also help improve the appearance of teeth, by fixing its shape, alignment and bite.

For example, both bridges and crowns can help prevent the gaps left by missing teeth from causing the remaining teeth to shift and causing a bad bite.

How Long Do They Last?

Restorative work such as dental crowns and bridges can last for as long as 15 years with proper care. If you practice proper oral hygiene at home and visit the dentist regularly, your dental crown or bridge should last well into your twilight years.

In case the crown or bridge fails, like the crown falls out, make sure that you place it in a secure, zip-top plastic bag and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In such cases, the crown or bridge may have to be replaced with a new, although the old crown can still be placed and used temporarily until the new one is available.

Note: NEVER EVER try to put a dental crown or bridge back in place yourself.

How To Take Proper Care Of Them

Taking care of dental bridges and crowns is no different from taking care of your natural teeth. Although, you may want to cut back on chewing on hard foods, such as ice and biting your nails, as both can cause damage to the crown or bridge.  Also, for added protection for your dental crown and/or bridge, be sure to ask your dentist for a night guard if you grind your teeth at night when you’re asleep.

Brushing twice a day, visiting your dentist regularly and following a proper oral hygiene will ensure that your crown or bridge will last you for a very long time – even until your death!

If you’re considering restoring your smile with the help of a dental crown and bridge, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit for additional information regarding crowns and brides.

How To Avoid Tooth Decay in Babies

89683018Even though the baby teeth will eventually fall out on their own, they’re very important. If they’re lost too early, the remaining may shift and move to their places. This may not leave any room for the adult teeth once they come in. Also, if the baby teeth end up having tooth decay, it may not be just painful, but also be hard to treat and at the same time, increases the chances of it recurring later on.

To prevent tooth decay in children, it is important to start taking preventative measures as soon as the first tooth comes in.

Preventing Tooth Decay in Babies

  • For pregnant women, take good care of your teeth and gums. Not that they weren’t as important before, but pregnant women need to make it a point to still visit their dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleaning.
  • Take care of your baby’s teeth by doing the following:
  • Newborn to 12-months: Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean washcloth or a clean soft-bristled toothbrush. Once the first tooth erupts, brush it using a soft-baby toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste.
  • 12-months to 13-months: Brush your child’s teeth for two minutes twice a day, preferably after eating breakfast and before going to bed. Use a non-fluoride toothpaste until your child learns how to spit the toothpaste out on his own.
  • Avoid letting your child sleep with a bottle of milk or food. Doing so exposes your child’s teeth to sugar, as well as puts your child at risk for choking, gum disease, ant bites and even ear infections.
  • Do not substitute pacifiers with bottles or sippy You can use bottles or sippy cups, but you should never let your child drink from them for a long time. If your child insists on drinking from the bottle or sippy cup, fill it with water instead of juice or milk.
  • Ask if your child can benefit from a fluoride supplement. Additional fluoride supplement can help protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay. You can also ask the dentist to apply fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth for added protection.
  • Have your child drink from a regular glass or cup as soon as possible. As soon as your child is able to, have them drink from a regular cup or glass. These cups are less likely to cause liquid to collect around the teeth, making them healthier to use.
  • Don’t spoil your child with sweet or sticky foods. Candies, cookies, gummies and so on are nice, but only when given as treats. Do not let your child snack on them every day, especially outside of mealtime. Also, teach your child to use his or her tongue to clean food particles off the teeth after eating.
  • Try not to let your child drink juice as much as possible. For babies, the amount of juice should not exceed more than 4 ounces a day. For toddlers aged 1 to 6 years, consumption shouldn’t be over 6 ounces a day. Although, none would be preferable.
  • Take your child to the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts. Or a few months after your child’s first birthday. Either way, the sooner your dentist checks your child’s mouth, the better. The first meeting isn’t even for checking, but for helping children familiarize themselves with the place.

Signs of tooth decay aren’t so easy to spot in baby teeth. In fact, even pediatric dentists have a hard time doing so. However, if you take proper care of your child’s teeth, you wouldn’t really have to worry about that much. Besides, starting early helps make sure that your child grows up enjoying a healthy set of teeth for as long as they live.

To help prevent tooth decay in your baby, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information regarding tooth decay.

Your Overall Health Affects Your Oral Health

Oral HealthWhile you probably already know how the state of your teeth affects your overall health, you probably don’t know that the same is true the other way around.

For example, certain conditions and diseases may negatively affect your oral health.

This includes, but are not limited, to the following:

  • HIV/AIDS – White mucosal lesions that appear in the mouth and are also often painful are common in those who have HIV/AIDS.
  • Osteoporosis –There are studies that show a link between osteoporosis and tooth loss, as well as periodontal bone loss. Also, certain medications used to treat osteoporosis can potentially cause damage to the bones of the jaw.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – As the condition of an Alzheimer’s patient worsens, so do their oral health.
  • Diabetes – Diabetes makes your body’s immune system weaker and lowers its resistance against infection. This puts diabetics at a higher risk for gum disease than those without diabetes. It’s also worth noting that gum disease can make it hard to control blood sugar levels.
  • Eating Disorders – Examples of eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. They can occur in both men and women and are best described the result of one’s extreme fear of gaining weight. This fear can lead to excessive dieting to the point of starving one’s self, sometimes to death. Because both bulimics and anorexics do not eat properly, their body does not get the right amount of nutrition it needs to function very well. This can adversely affect their oral health, as well as their overall health in general. Also, a bulimic may resort to binge eating and then vomit right after, causing the acid from the vomit to slowly eat away at the tooth enamel and causing severe dental damage.
  • Stress – While stress is ever-present and can do you good, finding yourself in constant stress may cause you to develop health complications, oral health problems included. Those who’re constantly stressed may clench or grind their teeth constantly, causing bruxism and eventually causing dental problems. Not only that, but you should also remember that stress can affect the human body as a whole.

A Window To Your Overall Health

It’s generally a good idea to keep your dentist up-to-date with your current health status, as well as any medication you are taking.

For example, you may be taking medications such as aspirin and blood thinners, or you may be suffering from gum disease. In either case, the ability of your ability to clot normally is adversely affected, so it’s best to let your dentist know so they can find a way to best tackle your situation to minimize any possible complications.

During regular checkups, your dentist too can spot signs of possible medical conditions. Like, if your dentist suddenly notices the development of gum disease in your otherwise healthy gums, which may be a sign of adult-onset diabetes.

Keep in mind the following tips to help keep your mouth and overall health in good shape:

  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once.
  • Eat balanced diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Check your mouth frequently so you become familiar with what’s normal and what’s not. This will make it easier for you to spot any abnormalities in your mouth.
  • Stay away from activities that might increase your risk for oral health complications, such as alcohol abuse, smoking, taking recreational drugs and oral piercings.
  • Try to live as stress-free of a life as possible.
  • Wear a mouth guard if you regularly participate in contact sports.

Take care of your body and you’ll find that every part of it will work as well as you’d want to, just like a well-oiled machine.

If you would like to make sure that you have good oral health, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule an appointment for a routine checkup today. Or visit for more information regarding oral health.

What Is A Snap On Smile?

selfieWhile most people want a beautiful smile, the costs of the necessary dental treatments and procedures to get one aren’t always practical.

The good thing is that there’s what many dental professionals refer to as a “Snap On Smile”, an affordable and temporary solution for patients who want to enjoy a beautiful smile, albeit only for a while.

Even if the effects are temporary, there are many benefits to the use of such a dental appliance, such as providing you a preview of what your smile would eventually look like after getting more permanent smile treatments.

What is a Snap On Smile? 

Snap-on smiles are a removable, painless and patented dental appliance that’s custom-made to improve your smile and look as much like your real teeth as possible.

They are easy to take care of, requiring little adjustments as you can still eat and drink normally while wearing one. Though, even better is that these dental appliances offer a temporary cosmetic solution for those who can’t yet afford a permanent treatment for their teeth.

The Benefits

Of course, the main benefit of a Snap On Smile is that it looks good and is quite affordable, more so when you compare its costs to that of other smile makeover treatments. However, there are far more benefits to a Snap On Smile aside from aesthetics, including:

  • A quick process that takes place across two visits and rarely takes longer than two weeks
  • Considered as one of the cheapest cosmetic dentistry treatments available today
  • Almost everyone is a good candidate
  • A good alternative for those who can’t get implants or bridges for some reason
  • A much more comfortable and attractive alternative to partial dentures
  • There’s little to no discomfort when wearing one
  • The application is painless and requires no such alteration to the tooth structure
  • Should you change your mind, you can easily have the process reversed and the dental appliance removed at any time.

What To Expect 

The process of applying a Snap On Smile is fairly simple, fast and more importantly, painless.

During the first visit, the patient chooses the shade and style of their new smile, while the dentist takes an impression of the teeth. Afterwards, the impression is then sent off to a lab where a dental technician takes care of creating the dental appliance.

During the second visit, which usually takes place after two to three weeks, the Snap-On smile is then fitted, leaving the patient free to go with their all-new and improved smile.

Although the dental appliance carries plenty of benefits, is easy to fit and almost universally compatible, a Snap-On smile is not perfect. A well-known problem is that the dentist will have to remove or replace the dental appliance eventually. Also, wearing one carries the risk of suffering through speech impediments after placement for a few weeks.

Similar to natural teeth, the appliance may stain, especially if exposed to beverages such as wine and coffee regularly. Also, they’ll have to be removed at night before sleeping and it may be to avoid eating sticky foods and gum so as to prevent problems with the dental appliance.

Test Drive An All-New Smile Today!

Snap-On Smiles are the perfect means of letting you see what you and your smile would look like after getting several, and undoubtedly, more expose dental treatments.

To find out if a Snap-On Smile is the perfect solution for your dental problems, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for additional information regarding the Snap On Smile.