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Questions To Consider When Considering Home Orthodontics

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology. Today I want to talk about dentist guided orthodontics versus orthodontics that’s not guided by a dentist.

I am in favor of orthodontics being guided by a dentist due to the fact that I am a dentist. But I think it’s very important because a dentist is taking into account the healthy your teeth, your bite, as well as the overall aesthetics in the back, your back teeth. Aesthetics do matter in your smile.

For example, let’s take a look at my smile. If you notice when you look at my smile you only see my front six teeth. The reason for that is my back teeth are constricted. I have a “square arch“. A square arch doesn’t show all of your teeth very well. In my case you can see I’m a little misalignment in the front teeth, but I also have a square arch. For my treatment, I’m widening the back teeth as you can see; do it back and forth very quickly. And I’m of course taking away the miss alignments in the front teeth. That will make it so that you see more teeth and my smile, giving it a more aesthetic smile.

But there’s more than just aesthetics, there’s the health of our teeth. My bite is also going to be extremely helped by that wider arch because I’ll have the appropriate vertical forces on all my teeth when I chew. This will reduce recession or reduce wear on my teeth. And also reduce any jaw pain that you might have. It’s a really healthy way to make us smile better.

The third thing that it helps with is tongue space. You notice, look how little space I have for my tongue here while at the end I have a lot more space for the tongue. A significant amount more going back and forth. You can see looking at the tongue space.

Tongue space is important because it enables you to sleep better. When we sleep, if we’re snoring or having sleep apnea our tongue is being pushed down our throat. A lot of times due to the constriction of our arch in our mouth. That constriction is very, puts a lot of pressure on your tongue. Shoving your tongue down your throat. We can reduce snoring and reduce the need for sleep apnea a device by widening the arch and creating more space for the tongue. I think this is one of the biggest parts of sleep apnea and snoring that we can have a big effect on through orthodontics.

A non-guided orthodontics, something that isn’t guided by a dentist, like a direct smile club. These clubs, they’re not taking into account your back teeth. Let’s look at this case here. Similar to my case, you have a constricted back arch and misaligned front teeth. Now you look, they straight in the front teeth, but you also see that the back teeth aren’t being moved at all. Let’s look at that again. So, the back teeth. Watch the back teeth not being moved at all.

So, it’s important for you to see a dentist with orthodontics not only for aesthetics but also for the health of your teeth and the room for your tongue. These are, I think, huge reasons that it’s worth the extra time and effort to go actually see a dentist to do your orthodontics.

Hopefully this helps, if you have any questions definitely call us here at Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology. We’re located in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe and if you want to press that little like button at the bottom of the video that really helps. Thanks, and have a great day.

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Best Home Treatment Options for Canker Sores

Canker sores can be incredibly painful and unsightly. Dealing with them on a regular basis is never enjoyable, and running out in public to grab ointment is even less enjoyable. Luckily, there are a few wonderful ways to treat them from the comfort of your own home!


Canker sores can happen to the best of us, and it’s important to know that natural remedies are an option. They’re a nuisance for sure, but they don’t have to last for weeks. Here are a few of our favorite home treatments…


Rinse Your Mouth With Baking Soda


Baking soda neutralizes the acids in your mouth because it’s a naturally alkaline base. Since the acids present in your mouth have a tendency to irritate canker sores, baking soda can work wonders for healing them quickly. Also, it will kill unwanted bacteria in your mouth. All you’ll have to do is mix one teaspoon of baking soda in about four ounces of warm water.


Use a Saltwater Rinse


Ah saltwater, a wonderful natural disinfectant and a super remedy for canker sores. As soon as you think you might be getting a canker sore, swish with one teaspoon of sea salt in four ounces of warm water.


You will experience almost immediate pain relief and the healing process will speed up. When finished, spit and rinse with fresh water.


Drink Plenty of Chamomile Tea


Not only is chamomile tea delicious and great for promoting relaxation, but it contains antiseptic abilities. This is a wonderful option for speeding up the healing process, while aiding in healthy digestion and ridding the mouth of bacteria.


Use Clove Oil


Essential oils are at the forefront of holistic healing. Clove oil has an amazing ingredient called eugenol, and it actually acts as a natural painkiller. You are able to apply clove oil directly to your canker sore to feel immediate relief.


To do this safely, use a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Apply half a teaspoon to a cotton pad and then top it off with a couple of drops of clove oil. Press it on your canker sore for five to ten minutes.


To cut the healing time you may also want to step up your oral hygiene and avoid acidic foods while treating your canker sore.

For future dental inquiries, and any questions you might have, reach out to us at Kantor Dental for consultations and advice!

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Dental Erosion and Severe Tooth Decay Related To Sugary Drinks

Today I want to talk about a very important topic to me and that is drinks! And how drinks, sugary drinks can affect your teeth.

Hello there. I’m Dr. Grey Kantor from Kantor Dental Group aesthetic dentistry and implantology. We are located in San Rafael, California.

Today I want to talk about a very important topic to me and that is drinks. And how drinks, sugary drinks can affect your teeth. Things like Pepsi, Gatorade you know and those energy drinks. Especially Gatorade or sports drinks can be extremely malicious because you’ll be working out for say two hours, or play a basketball game, a soccer game. And you’ll be working out and playing for two hours, three hours. And the whole time taken little sips of your drink. What that’s doing to your teeth is just bathing your teeth and sugar causing a constant acid attack on your teeth the entire time of the sport activity. Pretty much the biggest way really healthy people can have bad and bad teeth with a lot of calories.

This is an important topic to me because young people drinking their energy drinks throughout maybe a party or just with their friends and sipping on their energy drinks or playing computer games. It’s, you know, you could be damaging your health not just by sitting there or by drinking the alcohol but by the sugary beverage bathing your teeth in that sugar.

So, you know, if you want to prevent cavities. A big, big way is to keep on your beverages, how long you’re spending with those beverages, especially if they have sugar in them, even a little bit of sugar. Like a little bit of, a little bit, just a teeny bit of honey in your tea or honey in your coffee and then sipping that coffee all day. You’re still bathing your teeth in sugar so, keep an eye out for those examples or any time that you have sugary beverages on your teeth because that can be a big cause of cavities.

Any other questions why you might be having cavities, definitely come see us here at Kantor Dental Group. Located here in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.

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The Pros and Cons of Oral Sedation

An estimated 30 to 40 million people suffer from some form of dental phobia or anxiety, causing anxiety about routine visits and procedures, or even avoiding the dentist altogether. We know that dental surgeries can seem scary all on their own, without throwing worry over pain management into the mix.


Due to the non-invasive nature of many dental surgeries, oral sedation has skyrocketed to popularity among dentists and patients alike.


Oral sedation is administered along with a local anesthetic. The local anesthetic will numb the pain while the chosen method of oral sedation, typically inhaled nitrous oxide, keeps the patient calm and completely relaxed for the duration.


How You’ll Feel When Sedated Orally


You’ll be awake, but all anxiety regarding the procedure will melt away. Even if you’re one of those people that avoids the dentist for as long as possible, you’ll find that you feel relaxed. You’ll be able to answer all questions asked throughout, and communicate with the surgeon if anything feels wrong or “off”.


It’s typical for grogginess to set in, and many patients even drift off to sleep. If this happens, no worries, your dentist will easily be able to wake you.


Pros Of Oral Sedation


Sedation dentistry, in all of its forms, drastically reduces the fear that affects the way people take care of their teeth. Given in pill form several hours before your appointment, Triazolam is an anti-anxiety medication that is usually prescribed by your dentist. There is an amnesic effect to the medication, so you’ll likely forget the whole appointment!


Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is an incredibly mild sedative that is commonly used and administered through a small oxygen mask. The nitrous is cleared from your system before the mas is removed, so the effects will wear off soon after.


The last technique is to use a TV and noise cancelling headphones, which have been shown to reduce pain.


Cons Of Oral Sedation


Where there are pros, there are always some cons.


Before taking the oral sedation route, it’s important to let your dentist know if you’re on any medications. Medications don’t always mesh well together, and anti-anxiety meds can cause problems when taken with other medications.


Also, make your dentist aware of any health complications that you may have. A complete medical history can drastically lower the chances of experiencing any serious side effects from oral sedation.


Finally, check with your insurance provider to make sure that the cost of oral sedation is covered. If it’s not, you can begin to build a new plan to relieve anxiety regarding any upcoming dental procedures.


Contact us today to find out if oral sedation is right for you!

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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Are Activated Charcoal Products Good for Your Teeth?

Activated charcoal seems to be the latest health fad and has been touted as taking care of many health concerns. From clearing up your skin to make your hair softer, people are starting to think that activated charcoal can do just about anything. One of the biggest trends is using activated charcoal to clean your teeth. However, how well does this actually work? Could you be ruining your teeth in the process?


What is Activated Charcoal?


When you hear the word “charcoal,” you instantly think of your barbecue grill. However, activated charcoal is much different from what you find at the bottom of your grill after cooking outside. Instead, it’s a finely-milled black powder that is made from coal, sawdust, bone char, coconut shells, and other materials. This powder is then processed in very high heat, which changes the molecular structure and “activates” it. What results is a black powder that is more porous than regular charcoal and is safer to use for human consumption.


How Would Activated Charcoal Work on Teeth?


Activated charcoal is known to consume toxins from the body so that they are no longer harmful. The premise is that it can do the same for teeth by absorbing plaque, leaving teeth brighter and cleaner than can be achieved with toothpaste.


Although there is no scientific evidence to say that activated charcoal does whiten teeth, it is very good at eliminating surface stains on the teeth. Discoloring of the enamel of your teeth from coffee, tea, and wine can be removed through the use of activated charcoal. Polishing at the dental office (the final step with the spinning cup and gritty paste) does the same thing, but is only done every 6 months.


The Drawback


Despite this advantage of getting a brighter smile from the use of activated charcoal on your teeth, it doesn’t mean that you should start scrubbing with it every day. The reason why it removes the surface stains on your teeth is that these stains live on the enamel layer. What the activated charcoal is doing is taking off a layer of enamel from your teeth to reveal the cleaner layer below.


This process is due to the abrasiveness of activated charcoal which, over time, will remove your enamel entirely. Also, the downside to this is that this particular coating doesn’t grow back. That leaves your teeth weaker and more exposed to any bacteria that may be present in your mouth.


So instead of taking a risk with activated charcoal, you can get a brighter, cleaner smile by making a trip to Kantor Dental. Besides, you should also consult with the experienced professionals before sacrificing anything for a quick fix, especially when it involves your dental health.


To learn more about activated charcoal, watch our video below:

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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