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Teeth Cleaning With Laser

Hello. Today I want to talk about lasers. I’m Dr. Greg Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implants allergy. Today I’m here with Gina Kapriellian otherwise known as @gcapri. She’s our hygienist here she’s excellent gentle and knows a lot about lasers.

The reason lasers are good with your teeth cleaning is it disinfects the gums and helps the gums grow back if they’ve had some bone loss. What we’re talking about here is, your dentist ever told you that you’ve had periodontal disease? That you’ve had gingivitis? These are reasons to disinfect your gums.

So, inflammation is a lot of times chronic. It’s going on because you have a lot of plaque and bacteria buildup. So, to remove that effectively it’s also embedded inside the gum tissue layer. So, the laser helps clean out the affected gum layers by different processes where we attract the pigment in the bad bacteria and remove that as well as all the infected gum tissue. So, it gives you a fresh start and it also promotes healing of the regeneration of the cells to promote fibrous connections back to the teeth. So you get more of a shrinkage in the pocket and less inflammation because you’re moving what’s causing that, going on at the gum level. So, it’s more of a thorough cleaning process than just a game of debridement off of the wound.

I like that the fresh start. Yeah. So, next time you go to your dentist and they say 3, 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 5, 6 even. Maybe a 7. These are good times, even some 4’s, these are good times to get laser treatment. Really disinfect that area.

So, even in the 4-millimeter pockets, if you have some bleeding going on, there’s active infection. So, using the laser can help reduce that and help firm up the gums and promote health and rebuild the structure as well. So, I think it’s useful in any case that you get bleeding. It’s always an active state of inflammation that can be resolved with laser use as well.

And if you’re more interested in lasers, come, lasers come visit us at Kantor Dental Group. You can also like this video we have a lot of videos that come out. Put some comments down in the comments section about your laser experience and please subscribe.


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What Is Dental Laser Treatment?

Hello. Today I want to talk about lasers. I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology. Today I’m here with Gina Kaprielian and otherwise known as @gcapri. She’s our hygienist here, she’s excellent, gentle and knows a lot about lasers.

So, what is the experience like when you get a laser treatment?

It’s great because, it’s essentially painless. You go in through the gums and you feel like a warm sensation. But if you feel like you might have more sensitive gums we can totally numb you up. It makes it so you don’t feel anything. We just have you are some cool glasses. And just sit back relax and get refreshed.

Well what does the device look like?

It’s a neat little device. It’s very small so you hardly feel anything going in. And it just goes slightly underneath your gums. It’s this tiny tip that goes through and emits the beam to attract the best pigment, cleans up your gums with it.

And there’s also the studies that I that I just read in California Dental Journal that healthy gums can reduce Alzheimer’s, right. Reduce neurodegenerative diseases has been shown or at least connected to a reduction in neurodegenerative diseases. That’s a big deal. None of us want to have Alzheimer’s.

So, getting rid of all the bad bacteria in the mouth is going to make it so that the rest of your body is healthy as well. Because everything kind of starts in your mouth and it can go past that. So, we want to make sure we stop it in its tracks and so we don’t get any systemic, overall body issues. This way you get inflammation down in your mouth and everywhere else as well.

That’s where everything goes first. Yeah. Thanks very much.

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When Should Your Child First Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

Though most adults are well aware of the importance of regular visits to the dentist, they often do not realize how early their children should begin seeing a pediatric dentist. In fact, the recommended age for first dentist visits may be quite a bit earlier than you think.


Children should begin seeing a pediatric dentist by age 1, or within 6 months of their first tooth’s appearance. Since most children get their first tooth around 6 months old, these points tend to coincide.

Though primary teeth (or baby teeth as they are sometimes called) will be lost naturally later in childhood, it is important to keep them healthy in order for them to serve their intended functions.

Healthy primary teeth allow children to achieve proper nutrition, as they enable proper chewing. If a child’s teeth are causing them pain, they’re less likely to eat a well-balanced diet as chewing may be uncomfortable. Early habits are difficult to break, so it’s important that your child doesn’t develop unnecessary aversions to certain foods due to discomfort.

Additionally, primary teeth allow children to develop proper speech. If these teeth are damaged or not properly cared for, it can result in speech impediments since children will not learn how to properly form words. These issues can be mitigated later in life, but it’s much easier to take preventative steps and keep your child’s teeth healthy from the start.

Perhaps most importantly, beginning your child on regular visits to a pediatric dentist at a young age creates a healthy relationship with oral care for them. Later in life, this translates to less reluctance over visiting the dentist, and therefore your child will be more likely to catch dental issues early once they reach adulthood.

By instilling your child with the sense that oral health is an important part of overall physical well being, you set them up for a greater level of future comfort, and shield them from one of the most common health-related anxieties: visiting the dentist.

If your child is nearing that 1 year mark or they have sprung their first tooth and it’s time for them to begin seeing a pediatric dentist, contact us today to keep your child as healthy as possible now, and set them on a path of lifelong oral health.


How to Prevent Acid Erosion On Your Teeth

Everyone knows that what you eat and drink has a large bearing on the overall health of your teeth, and this is largely due to acid. Acid erosion is one possible byproduct of consuming certain foods like oranges and sour gummies; it results in a number of unsavory side effects, but there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent acid erosion.


Avoid acidic snacks

Rather than reaching for an acidic food to tide you over between meals, try to save those items for meal times. This is a good habit to take on because the less acidic foods in your meals are more likely to neutralize the effects of acid on your teeth without requiring special care from you.

Though conventional wisdom dictates that fruit is a healthy snack option, try to avoid particularly acidic ones.


Try to drink water

This is a fairly obvious tip echoed by health professionals in every field, but it’s an especially good habit if you’re concerned about acid erosion on your teeth.

Drinking water alongside acidic foods will help wash away some of that acid before it has a chance to wreak any havoc on your teeth. Choosing water over more sugary drinks will further protect your teeth from acid erosion.


Don’t get too eager when brushing

Though you can rinse your mouth with water directly after consuming something acidic, wait at least half an hour before brushing.

Brushing immediately after eating acidic foods can actually cause more damage due to the fact that acid weakens enamel, meaning it’s easier to cause damage through brushing right after eating something acidic.

Some other simple habits to adopt to avoid acid erosion are drinking wine through a straw so it doesn’t come into much contact with teeth, and trying to avoid sugar as it encourages the growth of bacteria that create acid. Try to swish some tap water after consuming acid, and before brushing.

The early signs of acid erosion are discoloration and sensitivity, while cracks and cupping indicate a more advanced state of acid erosion.

If you’ve noticed that your teeth have been feeling extra sensitive or looking yellower, reach out and take action to prevent further erosion before you begin experiencing more serious pain or aesthetic issues.

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

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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