Ezra H. Kantor, DDS
Well, we’re all going to have to get dentures eventually, right? Surprise, you don’t have to! For the past few decades, dental science has actively and successfully promoted the idea of teeth for life. As with many health considerations, the greatest challenge is all about education. If you know what causes adults to lose their teeth, then you have the opportunity to keep it from happening!
These five points about adult tooth loss will help you keep your teeth well into your twilight years.
1. Regular Check Ups
Let’s get right to it. Putting off dental treatment can and does lead to tooth loss. Even with a proper oral hygiene regimen, regular check ups with your dentist are a vital strategy for keeping your teeth. The reality is that you just can’t properly clean every part of your teeth that will keep them healthy and strong. Your dentist or hygienist can clean those impossible locations and keep your teeth and the connecting tissue in top shape.
2. Good Oral Hygiene
The primary reasons for tooth loss are tooth decay and gum disease. The tissues around the tooth begin to recede and eventually can no longer hold the tooth in place. Brushing twice per day, and flossing once per day, is the prescribed recipe for successfully keeping your teeth. Make it a habit and stick with it!
3. Dietary Habits
Can you just hear your mother now? “You keep eating that and you’re gonna rot your teeth out.” Turns out Mom is right again. Too much candy, gum, or other sugar-loaded treats contribute to tooth decay in a big way. That sugar wraps itself around the tooth and wears away at the enamel. Do yourself a favor and eat some fruit. You know it will benefit you more than just keeping your teeth.
4. Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Studies have shown consistently that smoking cigarettes and using chewing tobacco products both contribute to gum disease which, in turn, leads to tooth loss. This shouldn’t be a secret by now. Clearly it’s not an easy thing to stop, but it really is in your best interest. Putting down the pack is a great way to increase your chances of chewing in your senior years.
5. Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth might sound like an innocent little problem, but it really can be quite damaging. Your teeth are literally grinding away at each other. You can eventually break down your enamel and open the tooth up to decay. If you’ve been told that you grind your teeth while you sleep, make an appointment with your dentist. They may be able to fit you with a simple device to keep this from happening. Better sleep, less headaches, and keep your teeth. Sounds like a good plan all around.
Keeping your teeth is not an instant-cure proposition, it’s a long term commitment. It’s a lifestyle. Have a great maintenance program, drop a couple of bad habits, be proactive, and you’ll get to keep smiling that bright toothy smile!
Dr. Ezra Kantor: Today, we are going to talk about matching the teeth we make to natural teeth. Before we do this, I’d like to… We thought we’d do a little dental humor. We’ll do some dental jokes. And what we’re going to do today is, we’re going to do a limerick, because Dr. Grey is an expert at limericks. So what we’re going to do is, I’m going to start the limerick and then he’s going to go ahead. Okay. Ready? Here it goes. There once was a dentist from Nantucket.
Dr. Grey Kantor: He had a tooth, who could tuck it.
EK: But the tooth was the wrong shade.
GK: It looked a little bit grey.
EK: So he had to tell the patient to go…
GK: I’m not going to answer that.
EK: Okay. I’m going to talk about… There was a lot of truth in that joke because it’s the patient who determines the shade of the tooth. We hold up a sample, and we look at it, and the patient has to pick the shade. A lot of patients say to us, “Well, why don’t you pick it? You’re an expert at this.” Well, we’re not, really. It’s the patient who’s the expert. Again, paid extra. We need the patient to accept it and frequently we like the patient to sign something. It’s about art and as we all know art is subjective. And sometimes a patient is seen in artificial light and sometimes the patient is seen in natural light. And the color of the tooth will change, so we have to determine that.
EK: All of you have watched various shows, television. And these people in show business, they’re under, frequently they’re under intense lighting. In the past, people like Johnny Carson, who was on a show every night that everybody watched and he was under intense lighting and he had all of his teeth and he looked very good on tv, but if you saw him on the street, his teeth would look extremely white and unnatural, but he didn’t care because he was a creature of show business. The shape of the tooth, the form, the way it’s compatible to your lip structure, the way your lip is supported, these are things that we do and will show to you. We don’t expect you to know a lot of these things. We just have to make that. And that compatibility is very important.
GK: One of the hardest things to do is match one tooth in the front, right, just the left tooth, just the right tooth can be very difficult to match. So what we do there is we can sometimes have you go to the lab to match it directly. And that way, we can get a better match there. It’s really hard to just… You’re looking… Two teeth side by side can be a very difficult match, but we’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years, I think. And we can definitely do a good job for you. So if you have anymore questions about matching a crown to your natural tooth or a veneer to your natural tooth, definitely give us a call, we can talk about it here at Kantor Dental Group, we’re located in San Rafael, California, and please subscribe.
EK: There once was a woman from Peru.
Everyone wants a beautiful smile. There are many options that can make your smile straighter, more cohesive, and all-around charming, but as adults, few people want to risk a braces-filled or otherwise less than ideal smile for months while waiting for them to do their job. Luckily, there are now options that straighten the teeth and improve your smile quickly– all without visible orthodontia. Invisalign and veneers are the most popular–and effective– of these options. When assessing Invisalign vs. veneers, however, how do you know which one is really right for you?
You may think comparing Invisalign and veneers should be easy since, on the surface, the two are very different. After all, Invisalign operates as a type of “invisible braces,” straightening teeth using clear plastic aligners. These aligners serve the same function as braces, only are less visible during the straightening process. Veneers, on the other hand, actually coat the teeth by bonding to enamel. Veneers totally remake the smile in just a few sessions, not by moving teeth, but rather by covering your existing smile with a more attractive version. In reality, however, they accomplish similar goals, and many people consider both.
The Benefits of Invisalign vs. Veneers
So which is really better for you: Invisalign or veneers? The reality is that the answer will differ from person to person. Not everyone has the same goals for their smile or the same problems marring it. Let’s look at some of the benefits of Invisalign and veneers, so you can answer the question for yourself.
The benefits of Invisalign are similar to those of braces, but Invisalign allows you to avoid the embarrassment, pain, and mouth sores sometimes associated with months or years of unsightly orthodontia. Invisalign simply moves your teeth, making it ideal for anyone simply looking to improve the alignment and placement of teeth. Invisalign preserves your tooth enamel, as well. Although Invisalign primarily solves fewer issues than veneers (only changing the spacing and placement of teeth), the procedure is less invasive and requires less maintenance than veneers, which need to be replaced at least once in a lifetime.
Veneers, on the other hand, bond to the teeth, which means they change more than their placement. Veneers eliminate other issues, such as discoloration, chips, and misshapen or damaged teeth. Your smile will look whiter and more attractive in just two visits to the dentist. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your teeth moving back to their original place if you don’t wear your retainer like you would with Invisalign. The downside, of course, is that veneers won’t last forever. You will likely have to do the procedure again. Plus, veneers tend to cost much more than Invisalign, especially if you do the procedure more than once.
Consider these benefits when deciding on the merits of Invisalign vs. veneers for yourself. Of course, the easiest way to better understand whether Invisalign or veneers will better meet your goals for your smile is to discuss your options with an experienced cosmetic dentist. At Kantor Dental Group, we regularly help patients achieve their goals with both. Call us today for your own consultation, and we’ll discuss all your options so you can make the most informed decision.
Hi, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. I want to talk to you today about toothpaste and choosing the correct toothpaste for you. There’s a lot of toothpaste out there. One of the most important ingredients is the fluoride. Fluoride has been shown to be very protective for your teeth. It hardens your enamel and it can make your teeth last a lot longer. However, if you are averse to fluoride and would like to try something else, another one is Xylitol. It starts with an X-Y, Xylitol. Xylitol has been having a lot of studies done on it and showing a lot of support that it is protective for your teeth. What it does is, Xylitol is a sugar, it’s a sweetener-type sugar alcohol. And the sugar alcohol can trick the bacteria into thinking it’s real sugar. So you kinda stuff up the bacteria and make them slow them down a lot. And slowing bacteria down is really all you need for healthier teeth.
So those are the toothpastes I recommend. Overall, the actual brand of toothpaste I recommend, I do like Colgate, Colgate Total. That has triclosan in it which is helpful for destroying or killing bacteria in your mouth. And if you have sensitive teeth, a great way to reduce sensitivity is using a toothpaste with potassium nitrate or it says sensitivity on the front. The potassium nitrate takes two weeks to build up in concentration. So you have to be using that toothpaste two weeks, two times a day, to notice a difference. So it takes a little bit of time but that can really reduce your sensitivity. If you have anymore questions about toothpaste or would like to come talk to us about how to have a healthy smile. Definitely, come give us a call.
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Most people know they should be going to the dentist regularly to get a check-up and cleaning– at least every six months. You may wonder, however, what else the dentist should be checking. After all, you probably have noticed that sometimes a visit also includes dental x-rays, but not always. So how often should dental x-rays be taken? Are dental x-rays even necessary at all?
It may surprise you to know that dental x-rays are vital to your oral health, just like the typical cleaning and visual check. Dental x-rays can reveal the initial stages of tooth decay before it shows up as a painful cavity. This allows your dentist to take preventative measures and avoid worse damage. Dental x-rays are also the only way to see certain kinds of tooth disease and damage. Gum disease, for example, can cause serious bone loss that will only be visible on x-rays until it is too late. For many children (and some adults), x-rays are the only way to discover an impacted tooth, which must be removed before it causes damage to your bite and smile.
Your dentist needs to get the full picture of your dental health, a lot of which is occurring beneath the gumline. X-rays are the only way dentists can see what’s going on under the surface. Every patient should get basic bitewing x-rays of molars every year and more extensive x-rays of the adjacent roots and bones every three to five years.
Could I Need Dental X-Rays More Often?
Of course, these recommendations are only accurate for people in good dental health. If you regularly experience tooth decay or cavities, you may need dental x-rays as often as every six months to monitor for problems. In particular, patients with periodontal disease (gum disease) require more regular x-rays to watch for bone loss and further erosion.
Children also may require more regular dental x-rays. Because all of their adult teeth have not yet erupted, it’s important to see how those teeth below the gumline are faring. Close monitoring of adult teeth still not visible in the mouth ensures that your children have a healthy smile as they grow up. In particular, children with braces and other orthodontics may need more regular x-rays to ensure that the braces are doing their job correctly.
Ultimately, your dentist should be able to advise you on how often you may need dental x-rays. It’s important to take their advice seriously and get the x-rays you need for a healthy mouth and smile. If you have not had any dental x-rays in a while, it may be in your best interests to come talk to one of our dentists about getting them done.
Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group, Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology. Today, I want to talk about oil pulling. This is something you may have heard a lot about in the news. You pull coconut oil for about a half hour. You’re swishing an oil for a half hour, which is a long time. And my thoughts on it are that it probably does have some significant effects on your gums. There have been studies with natural oils that are helpful for your gums. Listerine actually, the active ingredient in Listerine is not alcohol. I know. The active ingredient is essential oils. There’s eucalyptol, eugenol, menthol. And so oil pulling is helpful for your teeth in that it’s healthy for your gums, but it’s a lot quicker to use Listerine. The alcohol in Listerine is used to help the oils go into solution. So that way you can swish it and the active ingredient is faster at getting to your teeth and gums. So instead of oil pulling, consider Listerine or an essential oil type product that is made for dentistry.
Another thing I’ve heard is that oil pulling is good for whitening teeth. This, I have not seen. I’ve seen no studies on it. It’s possible however, whitening your teeth with intrinsic stains, the best way to do that is with a hydro-peroxide solution, very strong one, that you can get at your dentist. Again, my name is Dr. Grey Kantor at Kantor Dental Group. We are in San Rafael, California. Thanks for listening and please subscribe.
Every dentist you’ve ever visited has probably warned you of the importance of dental checkups. We send reminders via postcards, emails, and texts every time your biannual checkup comes around. In fact, many patients say we may get a bit overzealous in our attempts to get you into the dentist’s chair at least twice a year— and even more if you are at higher risk for gum disease or tooth decay. It’s not just to ensure that we have regular patients, however. Dental checkups are essential to good health.
You see, our oral health correlates directly to the rest of our health. When our teeth and gums are healthy, our entire body is likely to be more healthy. When our oral health declines, our overall health often follows. Your dentist is on the front line of defense against severe and often costly health conditions that can lower your quality of life. It’s no surprise that a study by Aetna revealed that regular dental check ups go hand-in-hand with lower healthcare costs in large part due to prevention and early detection of a number of serious health conditions.
3 Reasons Why You Have to Visit Your Dentist Regularly
The following are three simple reasons that dental check ups are essential to your health— and why you have to visit your dentist regularly.
- Dental check ups reveal early signs of serious diseases. Did you know that up to 120 systemic diseases and serious health conditions can be identified through symptoms visible in your mouth? Dentists have studied all these early signals of problems, and they can refer you to the right doctor to prevent more serious problems. In fact, studies consistently show that poor oral hygiene is linked to everything from bad breath to heart disease and stroke. Check ups with your dentist ensure you get treatment for these diseases before other, more dangerous symptoms emerge.
- Regular dental check ups keep your smile healthy and beautiful. The most obvious reason to see the dentist is to eliminate tooth decay and gum disease. Regular professional cleanings keep your smile in excellent condition and prevent cavities, gum erosion, enamel discoloration and staining, plaque and tartar, and tooth loss. Your smile always looks better when you regularly visit the dentist.
- Visiting the dentist before problems emerge avoids more costly issues later. Many people think they can save a bit of money by waiting to see the dentist until there is a problem. Unfortunately, this often has the opposite effect. An emerging cavity can be stopped in its tracks during a regular cleaning without requiring fillings. A serious cavity that bothers your mouth may require an expensive filling or even a procedure like a root canal. Prevention always costs less than treatment— and it’s better for your health, too!
Your dentist wants to see you regularly to ensure that your smile (and your overall health) stays in peak condition. Dental check ups are essential to a healthy, happy life. If you care about your well-being, make sure to see your dentist at least twice a year.
Hello, my name is Dr. Grey Kantor. I’m here with Kantor Dental Group, Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology.
Today, I want to talk about implants, and what to expect after implant surgery. After implant surgery, you should expect some soreness, but the most important thing is to just simply stay off of it. You don’t want to touch it in any way. So, bumping it with food, even just swishing water is not good, ’cause that can move the gums around in a way that you don’t want. So, for the next couple days, don’t even swish water.
What can be helpful is some warm salt water. You put the warm salt water in your mouth and you just tilt your head back and forth. The ways to take care of it are one, put ice on it. Swelling is really bad for implants. It causes an acidic environment and slows the healing process, so ice it. You see any swelling, ice it. Bruising, it can happen, also is helped with icing.
Right after the surgery, if there’s any continuous bleeding for more than two hours, definitely give your dentist a call. There is expected some soreness, as I said at the beginning, but not to worry, there are definitely some drugs. One that most people don’t think about, Advil and Tylenol together. Advil and Tylenol together is actually stronger than Vicodins. So a lot people like the idea of Vicodin, but it’s considered actually stronger, especially for tooth pain, than Vicodin. So Advil and Tylenol.
If you have any more questions about how to take care of an implant after surgery, come get an implant here at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.
Hello. I’m Dr. Grey Kantor, here from Kantor Dental Group. I’m here with my two dental assistants. This is Kathy, she’s deaf, and Leanora. Today, we would like to to talk to you about how to brush in less than two minutes.
I know, two minutes?
I know. You can possibly brush in less than two minutes. How do you go about doing that? Well, you have to actually brush each tooth. You can’t just kinda throw the toothbrush in there and just let it go anywhere. You have to go from tooth to tooth, starting with the front of the tooth, then brush each and every single tooth, and then do the back of ’em, and then do the bottom teeth. Doing it very specifically like that, you won’t miss a tooth, and you can do it faster, maybe one minute, maybe one and a half, you can do it. I know that you were surprised when I said that it’s possible.
I was very surprised. You’re supposed to brush for two minutes.
You are supposed to brush for two minutes.
That’s what I’ve always been told.
Yes, exactly. But if you were in a rush or something, just pay a little bit more attention. Brush from tooth to tooth and then go to the flossing, you can do it a little bit faster.
If you have any other questions about tooth brushing or flossing, definitely contact us at Kantor Dental Group. We’re here to help in San Rafael, California, please subscribe.
If you have ever googled “San Rafael dentists,” you probably found thousands of websites– and that number becomes millions if you allow Google to show you results from the entire North Bay area. It can feel overwhelming and almost impossible to figure out which dentist is the right one for you. Luckily, there are four things you can do to narrow down that seemingly endless list and find the right one for you.
- Look for top-rated dentists. When almost every past patient gives a dentist five stars, there’s a pretty good chance that they have excellent skills and a friendly, trustworthy relationship with patients. That’s why it helps to look at top-rated dentists on Yelp, Google Business, and other websites where people evaluate their dentists. You’ll be able to narrow your search down to qualified dentists whose patients love them– so hopefully you’ll feel the same.
- Trust the recommendations of past patients. Just like ratings, testimonials provide a good picture of how a dentist will treat you, too. Trust recommendations from people who know you well, in particular. They will have a better idea of what kind of person you will trust. Just keep in mind that the perfect dentist for your friend may not be the perfect dentist for you, and your ideal San Rafael dentist may be someone that no one in your immediate circle has met. Branch out to get the full picture.
- Look at the dentist’s qualifications. A likeable dentist can’t serve you well unless they have the expert skills needed to treat any oral health issue that you may face. That’s why you want to make sure your dentist has attended a dental school with an excellent reputation and completed a prestigious residency. This gives them the practical experience to provide honest and qualified advice on any challenge you may face.
- Meet San Rafael dentists in person to see if the relationship is a good fit. It doesn’t matter how qualified or generally well-liked your dentist is if you personally feel uncomfortable in their office. Finding the right San Rafael dentist ultimately is an incredibly personal decision. That’s why you absolutely must meet a dentist before making them a primary caretaker of your oral health. Go to a few consultations and see which dentist is the right fit for your needs, whatever they may be. You know best whether or not you trust a dentist.
Ultimately, you are the best judge of who the right dentist for your needs will be. Finding the right dentist is easy when you find the best candidates and trust your instincts. If you’re still looking for a San Rafael dentist, we invite you to come visit us at Kantor Dental in our Terra Linda office. We always are happy to meet with new patients and answer any questions you may have about your dental needs and our practice. You can see for yourself if Kantor Dental is the right fit. We truly hope it is, and we look forward to meeting you in person!