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Signs You May Have a Fractured Jaw
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When people break or fracture a bone in their body, they may think it is obvious. People think if they fracture their leg they cannot walk or if they fracture their arm, they would not be able to use it. The reality is that there are many fractures that are not so obvious. It is possible to fracture different parts of your body and ignore the signs that there is a problem. A fractured jaw is one of the parts of the body that you may not realize there is a problem. There are some signs that would mean you have a fractured jaw. How Jaw Fractures Happen A fractured jaw is the result of some type of trauma. Car accidents getting hit in the jaw and falling on the face are some of the causes of a fractured jaw. Many people confuse a bruised or dislocated jaw with a fracture. While it may require a professional using different equipment to properly diagnose a fractured jaw, there are signs that a person should look for after they are involved in some type of trauma that put their jaw at risk. Symptoms to Watch For To know whether you have suffered a fractured jaw, you need to know what the signs of a fracture are. Knowing the signs of a dislocated jaw can also help a person differentiate between the two. If a jaw is fractured, these are things to look for. A dislocated jaw has some slightly different symptoms that include difficulty speaking or closing the mouth. A person with a dislocated jaw may also have a hard time closing the mouth. It is possible for a person to have both a dislocated and fractured jaw. If you have suffered any type of trauma to your jaw or face, you may want to get checked for a possible fracture. It is best to treat the fracture as soon as possible. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

How Often Do We Need to Check Your Mouth for Oral Cancer?
Posted on 4/25/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
If you want to avoid big problems with oral cancer, you need to spot the signs as early as you can. The sooner you see the signs of oral cancer, the easier it is to treat it. Knowing the signs of oral cancer is the first step, but it does not end there. If you don't look for the signs, you cannot ever spot them. That is why it is important to know how to check for the signs of oral cancer. It is also a good idea to know when to look and how often to check for the signs. Assessing the Risk Factors When deciding how often to get checked for oral cancer, you have to think about the risk factors that you face. The more risk factors that you have, the more often you need to get checked. Risk factors include the family history. If there are others in the family who have had oral cancer, that puts you at a higher risk. Other risk factors are about your behavior. People who smoke or use tobacco products, excessive alcohol use or have STDs are at a higher risk. Self-Exams and Oral Screenings There are two ways to check for oral cancer. The first is through self-exams. Look for the signs of cancer that include sores that cannot heal inside of the mouth or on the lips, wither or reddish spots on the inside of the mouth or lumps and growths inside of the mouth. These types of self-exams can happen as often as you want, including every day as part of your oral health routine. Oral cancer screening should happen at least once a year. It can be a part of a routine dental exam or it can happen at a separate appointment. If you have some of the risk factors, you may want to increase the screening in our office to twice a year. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

Does Your Underbite Need Fixing?
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
It is something that every adolescent fears. They worry about the day they are told they need braces to fix their bite. Underbites and overbites result from many different things. Before deciding to do something about an underbite, it is worth asking what the options are. When is it necessary to fix an underbite and when can you live with the problem? What is an Underbite? Many people confuse the underbite with the overbite. They are both conditions where the teeth are not properly aligned, but they differ in what they look like. In an underbite, the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper teeth. Because of this, when the mouth is closed, the bottom teeth are in front of the upper teeth. Most people are born with the underbite. It is not something that happens or changes over time. The Need for Dental Treatment It is easy for people to live with a slight overbite. It does not affect the way their mouth and jaw work and for that reason, a minor overbite does not need fixing. An underbite is different. Because it is not able to fix itself, even minor underbites need some type of treatment. If a person does not get treatment for an underbite, they put themselves at risk for complications. Some of the complications from an untreated underbite include: People that do not get their underbite corrected often struggle with a low self-esteem. Straight teeth and a good smile are important in today's world and are a good reason to always fix an underbite. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

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