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Why Treat Baby Teeth?

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kanter here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today I want to talk about why you should treat baby teeth.

Why treat them they’re going to fall out? You’ll get new adult teeth to replace them. What’s the point of treating, spending money, time on a baby tooth when as US adults with a family, you have many other things to do than go to the dentist?

Well, the reason being is to make sure that those adult teeth are healthy. The biggest reason of all is if you get an infection of the baby tooth you can damage the incoming adult tooth. Creating deformations in that adult tooth that won’t be sightly, especially in those front teeth, but also in the back teeth as well.

So, the idea here is protecting the adult teeth is the primary reason. Is to get good adult teeth. But there’s some secondary reasons which are, you know, being able to continue to chew. Being able to keep looking good for pictures, family photos things like that. But again, the biggest reason of all is to protect that incoming adult teeth.

If you have any more questions or anything like that. Definitely give us a call here at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California.

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How To Protect Teeth From Acid Reflux

Hello, Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today I want to talk about acid reflux and how to deal with that with your teeth… your teeth.

Say you get something like a sour burp or perhaps you have E.D. or maybe you just notice the sour taste in your mouth quite often. What this is likely to do to is acid reflux or regurgitation. Any acid attack on your teeth of that magnitude, and that is an extreme acid attack on your teeth, you do not want to rush right away. You’re an enamel has softened. Putting an abrasive toothpaste on your teeth at that time, when you have soft enamel, can be very damaging to your teeth. Especially you’re doing it multiple times as in someone with acid reflux.

You have the acid on your teeth, softening the enamel, the abrasive toothpaste that is abrasive – that is normally not going to damage your teeth. But with soft enamel you create this wear pattern which will slowly wear away your teeth. Wear away the enamel on your teeth over time causing possible need for a lot restorations.

So, the safe thing to do. If you have an acid attack on your teeth, an extreme one, such as such as even oranges, but especially any sort of stomach acid. The safe thing to do is to rinse out with water afterwards. Wait 15 minutes. And that’s going to allow the pH in your mouth to balance and allow the enamel to harden. And then brush your teeth. Don’t do it right away because that’s again very damaging to your teeth. This is included with oranges, because oranges are pretty extreme acid.

Again, wait 15, rinse out with water, wait 15 minutes, then brush. Hopefully this helps anybody who has acid attacks on their teeth with acid reflux. I know that’s a difficult disease.

If you have any questions about this or would like to know more about acid reflux, definitely give us a call here at Kantor Dental Group. Located in San Rafael, California. And please subscribe, thank you.

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Why Smoking Is Bad For Your Teeth


Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today I want to talk about smoking and your teeth.

What’s going on there? Because most people think of smoking affecting your lungs, cancer, emphysema. These are things that come to mind for most of us when we think about smoking. But it hugely affects your teeth and it is very bad for your teeth. About three quarters of the people that smoke end up losing their teeth in older age. So, it’s so damaging and the reason why is because the smoke is a vasoconstrictor. That vasoconstriction is especially apparent in your gums. So, you probably notice that if you’re a smoker, “Oh hey, my teeth. They don’t bleed when I floss or anything. I never had problems with teeth bleeding.” Well yes, you may not. However, you aren’t getting the appropriate nutrients to your teeth to allow for the continual healing that is necessary for healthy teeth, right?

We’re damaging our gums all day long. We bite food we, you know, chips, cuts on our mouth. All of that is being repaired constantly. And if you don’t have enough blood flow to your teeth, how is it possible that you could that they’ll be able to heal appropriately and maintain your teeth for a lifetime? What happens is you get what’s called periodontitis which is bone loss around your teeth. And that bone loss starts for mild to moderate and when it gets to severe you start losing teeth. They get wiggly and you start losing teeth.

So, I think very important thing to at least know if you are a smoker that there’s a high probability of losing your teeth in older age. So, I think that’s very important and I hope you do to because our teeth are what make us smile and chew good.

If you have any more questions about smoking and your teeth definitely come and talk to us here at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.

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8 Tips For Good Dental Health For The Whole Family

8 Tips For Good Dental Health For The Whole FamilyWant to make sure your family keeps their teeth in tip-top shape? Here are some of our top tips.

  1. Lead By Example

Make sure you’re setting a good example by brushing and flossing regularly. Make brushing a family activity, where everyone can participate, and your kids are sure to follow your lead.

  1. Visit The Dentist Every 6 Months (For Healthy Gums)

Regular oral exams and teeth cleanings are key for the oral health of your kids, and for your own oral health. Always make sure you see the dentist regularly, to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other such issues.

  1. Switch Your Kids To Fluoridated Toothpaste As Soon As You Can

Fluoride should not be used until your kids can spit out toothpaste on their own, usually between the ages of 3-6. However, fluoride is very beneficial for the teeth, so make the switch as soon as you can!

  1. Let Your Kids Pick Out Their Own Toothbrushes

Kids love being able to pick out their own toothbrush, and if they like their toothbrush and think it’s fun, they’re more likely to brush regularly, and keep their teeth in great shape.

  1. Replace Toothbrushes Regularly

Toothbrushes wear out, pick up bacteria, and become less effective over time. You should replace your child’s toothbrush around every 3 months.

  1. Floss For Your Kids Until They Can Do It Themselves

Brushing alone removes only about 60% of oral bacteria, so you should floss for your kids until they can do it themselves. They’ll usually be able to start flossing on their own around the ages of 8-10, depending on their dexterity.

  1. Brush Or Rinse With Water After Eating Sweets

After eating sugary or starchy foods, like candy or potato chips, you and your kid should brush your teeth. If this is not possible, rinsing with water is a good alternative, as it helps remove sugar and starch buildup from the teeth.

  1. Avoid Soda And Fruit Juices

Soda and fruit juice are sugary and acidic, and contribute to tooth decay. Consider drinking water and milk instead of soda, or eating whole fruit rather than drinking fruit juice.

Follow These Tips For A Healthier Mouth!

With these tips from Kantor Dental, you can ensure that your entire family has healthy mouths, free of gum disease, tooth decay and other such issues. Start following these tips today!

 

 

Are Root Canals Painful?

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. Today I want to talk about the very common myth with root canals which is, “Root canals caused pain.”.

People have always, you hear people tell stories, “I had a root canal it was so painful!” What I think a misconception there is, is that when they say that their tooth was painful. What they’re talking about is the pain before the root canal. A tooth ache is one of the most severe pains humans can feel. It’s rated up there with breaking your femur, labor and delivery. It’s rated as a very strong pain.

So, you know that pain is a very memorable and when people talk about root canal I don’t think they specify that it was the tooth ache that was really painful. And it was the root canal that got them out of pain. The root canal is the procedure that helped them and was able to make them feel better from that severe, severe pain.

Hopefully it clears up that myth that root canals are terrible. Really a root canal is boring, right? You’re just sitting there. At our, at Kantor Dental Group we have TVs so you, you just watch Netflix or whatever up on the ceiling while we work on your teeth. And it’s really just boring, you don’t feel anything it’s totally painless. In fact, the tooth ache that you had is now gone because the numbing makes the tooth ache go away. So, all in all the root canal is the thing that gets you out of pain.

If you have any more questions about root canals or would like to talk about tooth restoration. definitely give us a call here at Kantor Dental Group, Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology. Please subscribe.

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7 Interesting Oral Hygiene Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

7 Interesting Oral Hygiene Facts You Probably Didn't KnowTaking care of your mouth is incredibly important, and proper oral hygiene is absolutely essential for a healthy mouth. To help educate you about the importance of oral hygiene, we’ve put together a list of 7 interesting and surprising oral hygiene facts!

  1. Tooth Enamel Is Incredibly Tough (But Can’t Regenerate)

Tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body and is the same substance as ivory. However, it’s also one of the only parts that can’t regenerate itself, which is why proper oral hygiene is so important!

  1. Your Jaw Can Produce Up To 200 Pounds Of Force

The masseter muscle in your jaw is one of the strongest in your body. However, our jaws are puny compared to alligators, who can produce up to 3,700 pounds per square inch of bite force!

  1. More Than 50% Of Adults Have Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria and improper oral hygiene, and it’s more common than you may think. According to the CDC, more than half of all Americans have gum disease.

  1. Tooth Decay Is The Second-Most Common Disease In The United States

Tooth decay affects just about everyone. In fact, there is over a 90% chance that, by the age of 17, you will have at least one tooth that has been affected by a cavity. The only affliction more widespread than tooth decay? The common cold!

  1. Toothbrushes Are Nearly 4,000 Years Old

The first ever “toothbrushes” were known as “chew sticks,” which were twigs with frayed ends, used to brush the teeth, and trace back to ancient Mesopotamia. The first “toothbrush” as we know it was made of hog bristles during the Tang Dynasty, in China.

  1. Children Have Fewer Teeth Than Adults

The “baby” or “primary” teeth consist of 20 teeth, which are typically lost by age 6. The permanent teeth consist of 32 teeth, which come in after the baby teeth have been lost. The last four teeth (the wisdom teeth) don’t start coming in until the late teens or early twenties!

  1. Your Tongue Print Is Unique

You may know that your bite and teeth are unique, as are your fingers – but so is your tongue! No two tongues are quite identical, so a “tongue print” could be used to identify you!

Make Sure You Care For Your Teeth Properly!

We hope that this information has been helpful and fun, and helped you understand the importance of cleaning your teeth, and scheduling regular check-ups at Kantor Dental.

Is Whitening Toothpaste Safe For Daily Use?

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Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology.

Today, I’d like to talk about whitening toothpaste and how I think it’s pretty darn bad for your teeth. Whitening toothpaste, the only reason they call it whitening is because the increase is abrasively. They make it sand down your teeth a little bit more than your regular toothpaste.

A regular toothpaste still has a little bit of abrasive in it and that gets off the surface stains. While a whitening toothpaste has, is more abrasive and takes off, yes, more surface stain. But if used regularly will also take off more of your enamel. Especially after eating something like oranges or anything acidic.

So, my suggestion is to use regular toothpaste and you’ll get the surface stains removed when you go see your dentist. They’ll use that little spinning cup that they put the paste in and then they rub on your teeth. That’s where we take off the surface stains. And doing that once in a while is okay but a daily use of an abrasive toothpaste such as any whitening toothpaste or even toothpaste like activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is again taking off surface stains and you know highly abrasive. So, it makes your teeth look whiter, initially, but is damaging your teeth in the long run.

So, I don’t suggest any whitening toothpaste, activated charcoal or anything like that. Just get your teeth cleaned regularly by a dentist which is the healthiest and safest way to keep your smile white.

So, if you have any questions you can call us, Kantor Dental Group otherwise please subscribe and hope to see you soon.

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Does A Root Canal Hurt? Learn What To Expect From This Procedure!

There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about root canals. They have a bad reputation, partly due to popular culture depiction the procedure as lengthy, painful, and scary. The reason for this misconception is a tooth ache hurts, which is what we hear from other people, but the root canal gets you out of pain.

But this is not the case. In this article, we’ll break down the basics about the root canal procedure, and discuss how you can stay comfortable in the dentist’s chair during your root canal. Learn more now.

Root Canals Don’t Hurt – Understanding The Root Canal Process

Root canals are minimally-invasive. They do not hurt, and the process is quite comparable to having a tooth filled. Here’s what you can expect from the procedure.

  1. Your tooth and gum will be numbed and cleaned.
  2. The tooth needs to be isolated so it can remain sterile throughout the procedure.  Therefore the dentist will likely use a rubber dam or Isolite that separates the tooth from the rest of the mouth.
  3. Your dentist will use a dental drill to remove damaged enamel from your tooth, and make a very small opening in the enamel.
  4. A variety of special tools are used to scrape away the infected tooth pulp and root structure.
  5. The tooth is disinfected using sodium hypochlorite, and cleaned.
  6. Your tooth is filled with a rubbery substance called “gutta-percha”, which supports the remaining tooth structure.
  7. Your tooth is capped with a temporary crown, or sealed with a filling. You may have to come back in several weeks for a permanent crown, depending on the specifics of your case.

That’s it. The entire process usually takes 1-2 hours at most, and most patients experience absolutely no discomfort. In the days following the procedure, you may experience some tooth sensitivity, but this is nothing to be concerned about. It’s minor, and will go away quickly.

Sedation Dentistry – Relax During Your Procedure

If you are still intimidated by the idea of having a root canal, there’s good news. You can be sedated with laughing gas (nitrous oxide), or by taking a pill before your procedure.

If you have dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex, difficulty sitting still for a long period of time, or you’re afraid of needles (such as the numbing needle), sedation may be right for you.

Note that, while you can drive home after being sedated with nitrous, this is not the case if you opt for oral sedation – so make sure to make the appropriate travel arrangements!

Root Canals – Safe, Fast, And Effective Relief From The Pain Of A Toothache

Not only are root canals painless, they’re the best way to get relief from the discomfort of a toothache, caused by an infected tooth. If you think that you may need a root canal, don’t wait. Get the treatment that you need today.

What Are Milk Teeth and How Do You Care for Them?

Now that your little one already has a few pearly whites, it’s time to start an oral hygiene routine. Let’s go through a basic guide of caring for your baby’s milk teeth and see what you need to do to keep them healthy.

Everything You Need to Know about Milk Teeth

Babies are born with no visible teeth in their mouth (although there are some exceptions). Up until six months, a baby’s bare gums are all he needs for nursing or being fed with a bottle, but he can also manage soft foods and purees.

Usually, the first teeth to emerge are the lower, then the upper central incisors, giving your baby a very cute bunny look. Next in line are the lateral incisors, followed by molars. Canines, often dreaded by both parents and children because they cause painful teething, are usually out by 23 months of age. The final milk teeth to break through are the premolars, adding to a total of 20 temporary baby teeth.

Symptoms of teething are:

  • Crankiness and clinginess
  • Baby puts his hands and various objects in his mouth, chewing them
  • Excess salivation
  • Blushed cheeks
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Ear and nose rubbing
  • Waking up more often than normal

Besides learning how to deal with the lack of sleep and the fussiness of your little one when he is teething, you should also put together a plan of caring for those pearly whites as early as
possible.

How to Clean and Care for Milk Teeth

While some pediatricians might recommend cleaning your infant’s gums and mouth (if residue leads to problems), it is usually ok to start a routine when the first tooth is out.

At first, you don’t need a toothbrush or toothpaste. Gently wipe your baby’s gums and teeth with a warm, damp washcloth or gauze wrapped around your finger. Don’t use anything else than plain water. You could also try a silicone thimble with different textures to clean the mouth.

After one year of age, you can introduce a soft-bristled baby toothbrush and baby toothpaste. Try to brush your baby’s teeth twice a day, but make sure not to force it. The best approach is through the power of example. Brush your teeth in front of him and make it a fun game. By the age of two, you are supposed to do it for them, but it’s important to let them practice, too.

At around 18 months it is also a good time to have the first visit to the dentist. Make it fun and relaxing and choose someone that has experience with kids.

A positive start in oral care will stay with them for years to come, so get involved and gently get them used to it.

Do you want to learn more about milk teeth or schedule an appointment with your little one? Get in touch with Kantor Dental, and we’ll ensure to make this journey enjoyable for both of you.

 

 

4 Ways To Protect Your Teeth From Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), is a common issue in the United States and occurs when stomach acid is regurgitated into the esophagus, often causing heartburn.

Acid reflux can cause a number of health issues, but one overlooked symptom is damage to the teeth. Stomach acid is incredibly corrosive, and if you have GERD, it could damage your teeth and harm your oral health. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of the best ways you can protect your teeth from acid reflux.

  1. Get Medical Help For Acid Reflux

 The best way to protect your teeth is to get your acid reflux under control. Your general physician can prescribe a number of medications, such as Nexium, that can reduce the severity of GERD, and prevent damage to your teeth. You should also follow any lifestyle changes they recommend – such as avoiding large, spicy and fatty meals, particularly before bed.

 

  1. Rinse Your Mouth After An Episode

 If you do have an acid reflux episode, the best way to neutralize the acid is to mix a small amount of baking soda with water and rinse your mouth with this solution. You can also drink some of this mixture or take an antacid tablet and drink some milk to further neutralize the acid.

 

  1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

 Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day. You want to wait 15 minutes after a GERD episode before brushing your teeth.  Acid softens the enamel for about 15 minutes.  When the enamel is soft, brushing your teeth can rub away a small layer of enamel.  Over time this can make the teeth sensitive and more prone to cavities.  Therefore it is important to rinse your mouth out with water and wait 15 minutes before brushing.

 

  1. Never Skip Your 6-Month Checkups

 Your dentist could notice that you have GERD before you do, if they notice erosion or damage to your teeth caused by stomach acid. Regular visits to the dentist are essential to make sure that your acid reflux is under control, and that you are taking the proper steps to minimize damage to the enamel of your teeth.

 

Follow These Tips – Maintain A Healthy Mouth!

 With these 4 simple tips, you can keep your mouth healthy, and ensure that any damage from acid reflux is minimized. So don’t wait – start following this guide today, and safeguard your oral health. If you are concerned acid reflux might be affecting your teeth, call our office at 415-492-1616 to schedule an appointment with Dr Kantor today.