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How to Prevent Acid Erosion On Your Teeth

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Today I want to talk about acid attack levels on your teeth.

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today I want to talk about acid attack levels on your teeth. This is probably one of the most important topics that can help you from not getting cavities anymore.

Basically, the idea is, if you don’t have an acid attack on your teeth, you’re not going to get cavities. So, if you think about it in your brain. If you’re thinking about, “when am I getting acid on my teeth?” “When am I, when are my teeth healthy?” Then you will be able to prevent cavities just by thinking about it day to day.

Basically, what are our graph should look like here, is this, very simple right? We eat breakfast, we eat lunch, we eat dinner, right? And those are the three acid attacks that we have in the day. And that’s when, for when we eat dinner and 15 minutes afterward we will have an acid attack on our teeth.

You want to be without an acid attack as long as possible throughout the day. So, if we’re going to go as long as possible, the best way to eat would be three meals a day. Now, that’s not always the case, right? Because we like to snack. If there’s, if you snack during the daytime, you’ll have maybe a small little snacking times. But these flat lines are what you want to reach right. This is this is good, right? This area here is good. All right. These flatlines, we want more flatlines where there’s no food in our mouths and there’s no acid attack.

The less time that you spend with food, the better it is for your teeth. So, for your kids, if you’re thinking about your kids, you’ll want it, if they have sugar or even just a snack. Just make them eat it and be done with it. Don’t let them have food in their mouth at all times. Kids, a lot of kids just like to have food and walk around with food and continue to chew it. And that’s really bad for the teeth and they’re definitely going to get cavities they always have food in their mouth.

So, the goal here is to have the shortest amount, amount of time with food. So that we can have a basic or alkaline levels in our mouth as often as possible.

Hopefully this helps. I think it’s really helpful in understanding how cavities occur in your mouth and go ahead and go prevent cavities. I’m Dr. Grey Kantor in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.

 

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Using Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

Wondering if you can really get a whiter, brighter smile by using activated charcoal toothpaste? You’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using activated charcoal – and whether or not it’s really safe or effective!

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal simply refers to any type of charcoal (burned wood or vegetation) that is specially processed to have a large surface area, increasing its adsorptive ability, and volatility in chemical reactions.

The Benefits Of Using Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

Wondering if activated charcoal actually has some positive benefits? It does – and here they are!

  • Remove some surface stains from teeth – Charcoal is abrasive. This means it can be effective at removing some stains from the outer layer of your teeth.
  • It’s cheap – You can either buy an activated charcoal toothpaste, or add charcoal directly to your standard toothpaste. Either way, it’s cheap, compared to a tooth whitening treatment.
  • It buffs and polishes your teeth – Because charcoal is abrasive, roughness on the outside of your teeth can be removed with regular brushing.

The Disadvantages Of Using Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

The above benefits might make it seem like using activated charcoal toothpaste is a good idea. But it’s not! Here’s why.

  • It doesn’t whiten your teeth – Despite what marketing may have you believe, activated charcoal cannot actually whiten your teeth. It only removes outer surface stains, and has no ability to remove yellowing, and other significant stains.
  • It doesn’t contain fluoride – Fluoride is essential for strengthening your teeth and combatting cavities. Most “natural” activated charcoal toothpaste does not have fluoride, making it a poor choice.
  • It can permanently damage your tooth enamel – As we mentioned, charcoal is very abrasive. This means that it can slowly eat away at your tooth enamel. And, once your enamel has been removed, there’s no way to restore it.This can lead to tooth decay, sensitivity, gum disease, and a myriad of other expensive and painful conditions.

Don’t Fall For The Hype – Avoid Activated Charcoal Toothpaste!

The best toothpaste is the one your dentist recommends. And there’s a reason that no dentists recommend charcoal toothpaste. It’s simply not as effective as standard toothpaste – and its abrasive nature means you risk permanently damaging your teeth.

So don’t use activated charcoal. Follow your dentist’s recommendations, and choose a fluoride-based whitening toothpaste, and your teeth will remain shiny, bright, and healthy for years to come.

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Should I Remove Silver Fillings (Amalgam)?

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Dr. Greg Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today I want to talk about whether or not you should get your silver fillings, amalgam fillings removed.

This is a question I get all the time. People don’t like the look of them. They are worried about the mercury intake. So, I’ll give you my opinion on, on the subject.

One is that silver values are a very good filling material. They last a long time. They have very low rates of recurrent decay. But, they do look bad. Right? They’re silver, they’re you know, when you laugh or open your mouth, you might see the silver fillings in your smile. So that’s one reason to get, change them out. If it’s something that you just, you see in pictures, you really don’t like it. Aesthetically, it may be the right choice for you.

As far as the mercury is concerned, it’s my opinion it’s a very low rate of mercury, very little mercury. Compounding effects, such as, say you have a lot of tuna and a lot of silver fillings. Maybe that worries you and you want to take it out. But let’s go over the mercury in silver fillings and why that’s… it’s just not that big of a deal. In that the mercury in tuna is connected to something like this, like an organic molecule. So, if you look here, you have these organic compounds surrounding the HG with HG being the mercury. So, this molecule from tuna, this is one of the many that comes from tuna. It’s easily absorb because our body attaches to these organic molecules very readily. So, then you absorb the mercury with it. With silver fillings, the elemental mercury, it’s just the mercury by itself. Right. It’s all by itself. Our body does not absorb it at all. It’s very, very little. So, you’re getting almost no exposure to mercury from a silver filling. It just comes out in your excretion.

For that reason, I don’t think it’s a huge intake of mercury as compared to having a lot of fish, large fish like tuna.

If you don’t like the aesthetics or worrying about the stacking effects of having a lot of tuna and silver fillings and other fishes and want to reduce your mercury intake. Those are kind of the two main reasons to get them replaced. If you don’t worry, if you’re not worried about the aesthetics and you don’t eat that much fish, you know, it’s a great fill-in material. It can last you long time.

Here at Kantar Dental Group, we do not place silver fillings. However, we do use dual-suction and we have a mercury, amalgam separator in our vacuum unit to make sure that we keep it separated from the environment as well as separated from your, your intestines when we take it out.

If you have any other questions, feel free to come into our office. We’re Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Using Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a popular way to prevent cavities, particularly in younger kids. But are they right for you or your children? In this post, we’ll take a look at the basics about dental sealants, and their pros and cons, to help you make an informed decision.

What Is A Dental Sealant?

Dental sealants are, essentially, a type of specialized plastic resin, used to treat the rear molars and other teeth that are at risk of decay.

When applied to a clean tooth, a dental sealant helps fill in pockmarks and imperfections that could develop into cavities, preventing tooth decay.

The Benefits Of Dental Sealants

So, what are a few of the benefits of dental sealants? Here’s what you need to know.

  •  Easy and painless – Dental sealants do not require any kind of invasive surgical procedure. The process is completely pain-free.
  •  Takes only a few minutes per tooth – Each treated tooth only takes a few minutes, so you can treat all of your molars in just a single appointment.
  •  Reduces risk of cavities by up to 80% – Dental sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay by up to 80% in 6-year molars, making them extremely effective.
  •  Long-lasting – The typical dental sealant lasts 5-10 years, and can be re-applied once it deteriorates.

The Drawbacks Of Dental Sealants

Though they are very useful, dental sealants are not perfect. Here are a couple of disadvantages of dental sealants.

  • Not necessary with proper oral hygiene – Proper brushing and flossing will prevent cavities altogether, so not everyone needs dental sealants.
  • Cannot be used on filled teeth – Any tooth that has already been filled or is already decayed will not benefit from dental sealants.
  • Some worry about bisphenol-a (BPA) – Most sealant materials contain small bits of BPA, associated with some chronic health conditions. Although the ADA says that these sealants are completely safe, some parents may not agree.

 Know If Dental Sealants Are Right For You!

If you are at a high risk of developing cavities, or you want to protect your child from tooth decay, sealants are a great choice.

Sealants are one of the best ways to protect your teeth, and compared to the benefits, the drawbacks of dental sealants are negligible.

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Top 5 Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need To Come Out

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that grow into our mouths, and they typically start to erupt in the late teens and early twenties.

Although they are a natural part of our mouths, wisdom teeth can often cause serious oral health complications if there is not enough room for them to grow in properly.

They may fail to emerge completely, shift other teeth in your mouth, or even cause damage to the surrounding teeth. For these reasons, about 85% of adults have their wisdom teeth removed.

But how do you know when your wisdom teeth need to come out? Find out with these top 5 signs below!

1. Pain And Irritation Around The Rear Of Your Mouth

If your wisdom teeth are growing in properly, you won’t feel any significant pain or discomfort near the rear of your mouth. If you do, this could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are coming in improperly, or are becoming infected – and you should have them pulled right away.

2. Gum Inflammation

When the wisdom teeth come in, a condition called “pericoronitis” can occur, where a small flap of gum tissue traps food particles and bacteria, causing inflammation and discomfort. If you notice that your gums are inflamed, bleeding, or painful near your wisdom teeth, you may be suffering from gum inflammation, and you may need oral surgery. See a dentist right away!

3. Teeth Shifting In Mouth

Your teeth may shift when your wisdom teeth start to come in, which can ruin orthodontic work. If you start to notice any kind of change in your bite or tooth straightness, you should probably have your wisdom teeth removed right away.

4. Wisdom Teeth Are Not Growing In Properly

If you look at your own wisdom teeth, and you see that they are growing in crookedly or sideways, or that they have not “erupted” all the way past the gums, they are likely not going to grow into your mouth properly, and will require removal.

5. Sinus Problems

The upper wisdom teeth can actually cause serious sinus issues when they grow in. As the teeth grow in and the roots begin developing, they can put pressure on the sinuses, causing headaches, sinus pressure and pain, and congestion. Though this is rare, it should be addressed right away.

Know If Your Wisdom Teeth Are Healthy – Or If They Should Come Out!

If they grow in properly and you have space for them, you can keep your wisdom teeth for the rest of your life. But if these above signs are familiar to you, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist right away, to safeguard your oral health, and ensure your teeth and gums are not harmed by wisdom teeth that may be growing in improperly. Come talk to us at Kantor Dental to find out how what we suggest will be the safest course of action for you.

Should You Save Or Remove A Badly Infected Tooth

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Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael California. Today, I want to talk about root canal. Whether to use a root canal to save a tooth or decide to lose a tooth and do an implant.

If you’re thinking about this decision, your heads in the right place. This is the exact line of thought you should be thinking whether or not to save the tooth. Something you need to take the advice of your provider. They could assess the amount of damage has been done to the tooth. Best to go over with you, whether it’s worth doing the root canal or if it’s better and more long term to just go to an implant.

I’ll Give you some examples. Behind me, this patient has a tooth right here. If I make it a little bit bigger. If you look right here, there’s a dark area here that starts to get it close to the root canal. That is the minimum size of something we might do a root canal on. Something I would definitely do a root canal on. I would not consider doing an implant there. That is a great looking tooth. I love everything about that tooth except for the really large cavity. So, a prime candidate for a root canal.

Now On the other hand, on the same patient. They had two fillings, two big, big fillings down here. One down here, one up here and you can see this filling, it kind of spreads out quite a bit right here. It’s… in the dark area around this filling, the filling is the white part, the dark area is the root canal. The filling in this, this one is so big, that when we prepare for a crown it may not be strong enough to handle a load of chewing. Especially on a tooth like that. That would be a tooth, or maybe the one above it up here with this other very large filling that needs a root canal. It may be a tooth where the longevity might not be worth it to do the root canal. You’ll get better longevity from a tooth, from an implant tooth.

So, that’s basically the line of thought that I like to do. Considering a root canal, build up, post, crown can get close to the cost of an implant. In conclusion, it’s just best to go with what your dentist sees. This is something only really gained by experience, seeing it all the time. Knowing which they think will last longer. I would just talk to your dentist about it and see what they have to say. If you want to come into our office, were welcome to go out with you. We’re located in San Rafael California.

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What Is the Best Way to Care for Your Dentures?

Proper denture care is vital in order to keep your dentures looking their best. Not only can poor denture care cause stains and damage, but it can also even introduce dangerous bacteria to your mouth. If you don’t clean and handle dentures properly, they won’t last as long– and you won’t look your best. The following are key tips on the best way to care for your dentures:

 

  • Handle dentures gently. Don’t bend the plastic, and make sure not to damage the clasps when removing or cleaning dentures. Also, be aware that dentures may be slippery, as they are often wet. It may be a good idea to put a towel down in the sink in case you drop your dentures to prevent them from breaking.
  • Rinse your dentures after you eat.Food particles should be removed from your dentures as quickly as possible to avoid staining and damage. Simply remove and gently rinse your dentures in cold water after each meal or snack, and then put them back in.
  • Brush your dentures with a specialized denture brush daily. Rinsing your dentures isn’t enough to get them truly clean. This requires a more in-depth brushing. Use a denture brush– not a toothbrush!– and a denture cleaner to remove food, plaque, and other build-up from the dentures on a daily basis before it has a chance to get stuck to the surface.
  • Carefully remove all the adhesive on a daily basis.If you use a denture adhesive, pay extra attention to the the grooves that fit against your gums when brushing your dentures. You need to remove all remaining adhesive every day or the buildup will make your dentures fit poorly over time.
  • Use only a non-abrasive cleaner and cool water on dentures. Whitening toothpaste, products containing bleach, and other abrasive cleaners may sound like a great way to remove stains, but they erode the denture material. Instead, use a gentle cleanser formulated specifically for dentures. Also, be careful not to use hot water when cleaning dentures. The high temperatures can warp the shape!
  • Clean your mouth twice a day after removing your dentures. Whether you have remaining natural teeth left or not, you need to gently brush your gums, your tongue, your inner cheeks, and the roof your mouth every day. This removes plaque-causing bacteria that could damage dentures and keeps your mouth healthy.
  • Soak your dentures when you remove them overnight. Almost all dentures need to retain moisture to keep their shape. This requires soaking them in water or a mild denture solution overnight. Talk to your dentist about the best method of storing your particular dentures when you are not wearing them.
  • See your dentist regularly, especially if you see damage or are experiencing fit issues. Regular dental check-ups ensure that your dentures stay in the best condition possible and last longer. Your dentist will examine for preventable future issues and professionally clean areas you can’t get spotless. If you have problems with your dentures, don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment to see your dentist. Small damage can quickly become much worse without immediate attention, and poorly fitting dentures can cause irritation, mouth sores, and infection.

It may sound like a lot, but taking the time to follow the best way to care for your dentures is worth the effort. Proper denture care ensures that your dentures last longer and look better, saving you money and making you feel more confident.

How To Brush A Toddler’s Teeth?

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I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group and my son Isaac. And we’re going to talk to you today about flossing. Well, brushing toddler’s teeth. Right now, he’s flossing, so this is good. It’s good just to let him play with the floss. See, we’re using Cocofloss, which is really good floss. Oh, what’s that? That was good flossing. Are you ready to brush? Oh, see he’s not ready to brush. This is perfect video when they don’t want a brush.

OK, let’s brush your teeth then, ok? We’re done, take this out. Take this out. OH, oh my gosh! Oh, he’s a tiger! Ok, good job. Ok, brush your teeth. Open, say ‘Ah’. Want to…what do you want to sing? ABC’s? A B C D E F G. So you go around from tooth to tooth. H I J K L M M O P. When you do the back of the front you turn it down like this. And when you do the back to the bottom do you turn it up like this. Now the hard part is always getting them the teeth because they tighten their lips. There we go. You got to get the front of the teeth, all the way down to the gums. Up at the top. Oh, good job. Okay, spit. Big spit!

A B C D… the SoniCare toothbrushes really good for the kids. That way they can kind of move their head around and can they do it themselves. A B C D E F G H I J K L M O P. Okay, let’s go spit! Good job. All right.

And then, you get the very back of the back teeth. Don’t go too far back because kids have a strong gag reflex. And the strong gag reflex, uh, they will actually throw up. I’ve done before, so you don’t, you want to make sure you just getting to the back of the last tooth. And then you say, “All done!” Are you all done? Ok, one last spit. And then you say thank you. Please subscribe. Okay bye-bye.

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe For Me?

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Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California.

Today, I want to talk about whether or not whitening your teeth is safe. A lot of people ask me this question namely because they may have had sensitivity in their whitening treatment previously.

The quick answer is yes. Whitening at the dental office is very safe. We use either carbohydrate peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. Different levels depending on different percentages, depending on the type of treatment we do. Whether at home or at the office; in the office being a much higher percentage.

We do it in a safe manner where it may make the teeth sensitive, but it will be a transient sensitivity. So, not to worry. Nothing will hurt your teeth. They’ll just look whiter. If the sensitivities too much, please just use ibuprofen to reduce the sensitivity. But again, it should only last a couple days.

If you have any more questions about teeth whitening or how to make your smile brighter. Give us a call here at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Aesthetic dentistry and implantology, please subscribe.

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Are Silver Fillings Harming Your Health and What Can Be Done to Replace Them?

You may have heard recently on the news or social media that silver fillings can be toxic. With all the misinformation out there, it’s easy to feel worried and confused. That’s why you need the truth from a source you can trust. Are silver fillings harming your health? If so, what can you do about it?

 

Unfortunately, silver fillings have a potential danger. You see, the term “silver filling” is a misnomer. Silver fillings are made of more than just silver. They are actually an amalgam or combination of several metals, as well as silver. Most silver amalgam fillings also contain copper and tin– and even mercury.

 

Mercury is a metal that is toxic if the body absorbs to too much. Mercury builds up in the body and damages organs such as your kidneys and your brain and eventually contributes to neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. As silver fillings experience wear from everyday activities like chewing, the mercury is released in vapor form, which could be absorbed by the body.

 

How much mercury vapor is actually absorbed? Probably very little. Mercury in fillings is in pure metal form. Unlike mercury absorbed from consuming fish, mercury in fillings have no organic molecules that make it easy for the body to take in. That’s why American Dental Association and the FDA still certify silver fillings as a safe option for patients over the age of 6.

 

Why Is Mercury Even Used In Silver Fillings If It’s Potentially Harmful to Your Health?

 

Dentists didn’t always know that the mercury in silver fillings could ever be harmful because mercury itself isn’t dangerous unless it is absorbed into the body. For many years, the medical community assumed that fillings remained a mix of metals, preventing the mercury from being released. Since the mix of metals made a stable, long-lasting, and durable filling, dentists used it as a common treatment after removing cavities. They believed that the silver fillings were completely risk-free.

 

Recent research, however, indicates that that silver fillings don’t stay a completely stable mix. Small amounts of mercury are released as vapor over time, which is why some people worry that silver fillings can be toxic. While the American Dental Association emphasizes that this amount is generally low enough not to cause toxicity, any damage to the filling could speed up the release of toxic mercury.

 

Should I Replace My Silver Fillings?

 

Ultimately, most dentists don’t think you are at significant risk due to your silver fillings. If you feel uncomfortable with any mercury risk, however, even a low one, you can have them removed. Your peace of mind and confidence in your medical decisions are ultimately most important.

 

If you are uncomfortable with the risks of silver amalgam or simply don’t like their ugly color, there are other options. Porcelain and composite fillings have been created that are just as stable as silver fillings, but without the potential mercury risks. In fact, you can have metal fillings removed and refilled with these options right away. The mercury released during replacement is minimized using a double-suction isolation technique. This process significantly reduces ingestion, as well as the amount of mercury released into the environment.

 

Of course, no one should have their fillings removed without careful consideration and consultation with a trusted dentist. Sometimes the removal can damage your teeth. An unskilled or inexperienced dentist could even release more mercury vapor during the removal process. The best course of action is to talk to a dentist with experience in non-toxic fillings to get a clear understanding of your options. Come talk to us at Kantor Dental to find out how what we suggest will be the safest course of action for you.