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Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Guard in Great Shape
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When you first get a mouth guard to help you with teeth grinding, sleep apnea, snoring or some other condition, you enjoy the feeling that you get from a good night's sleep. You thank the mouth guard for helping reduce the pain you had from TMJ. You are happy for the relief that you get from the mouth guard, but over time, you start to lose that good feeling. You start to realize that the mouth guard is not as effective as it was when you first got it. It is important to care for your mouth guard if you want it to remain as effective as the day you got it. Your Mouth Changes Over Time The first thing you need to recognize is that the shape of your mouth changes over time. Your teeth can move, gums can recede and the shape of your mouth changes as you get older. Because of that, it is important to recognize that the shape of your mouth guard needs to change as the shape of your mouth, teeth and jaw change. Mouth guards are custom fitted to your mouth. It is possible to make adjustments to the mouth guards to make sure they fit properly. The best way to do this is through regularly scheduled appointments with our office. Keep It Clean While making minor adjustments to the mouth guard can help make it fit properly, the most basic thing to do to keep the mouth guard in good shape is to keep it clean. Cleaning the mouth guard requires a few things. The better care you take care of your mouth guard, the more it can help resolve any problems you have. It is something everyone who wears a mouth guard should take the time to learn about. Contact our office to learn more about this or any other oral health question you have....

Tips for Doing a Self-Exam While Looking for Oral Cancer
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Early detection is a key to successfully battling any type of cancer. Many people depend on a health professional to look for the signs of cancer. It often means they wait too long to start any type of treatment. The answer to this is finding out how to perform self-exams to help detect cancer. There are a few things to know about how to perform an effective self-exam for oral cancer. Start with Risk Factors The first part of any self-exam for oral cancer is to consider the different risk factors. Some of the risk factors include smoking, family history or previous bouts of cancer. When you are at a higher risk for cancer, you need to take more time to do self-exams in addition to checking with a professional regularly. Performing a Self-Exam The key to a good self-exam is patience. It is not something to rush through. Take the time to check the different areas carefully. The areas that are most at risk for oral cancer include the sides of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, under the tongue and the tonsils. A good self-exam will go through these areas. A self-exam for oral cancer is the first step to getting help. If during the self-exam, you notice anything out of the ordinary do not ignore it and hope it will go away. Take the time to make an appointment with our office to get the help of one of our professionals. Call our office today for an appointment....

Could a Cone Beam Improve Your Chances of Successful Dental Implants?
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When most people go in for implants, they expect to have X-rays or other scans taken of their mouth. Traditionally, these scans were used to determine where to place the titanium posts for dental implants. Today, though, we have new technology that can help improve finding the correct locations for posts: the CBCT, or Cone Beam CT Scan. A 3D Verses 2D Image The biggest difference between traditional images and a cone beam CT is that the CBCT is a 3D scan. That means it includes depth to it. We can actually create a fully 3D model of your mouth, zoom in on certain areas, rotate the image as needed, and gather very precise data. We know exactly where the posts for your dental implants need to go, so there's nothing unexpected during the procedure. With these precise measurements and dimensions, we're able to prepare for abnormalities, avoid nerves and blood vessels, and make the entire procedure more effective and efficient. By removing as much guesswork as possible, your dental implant surgery is much more likely to be successful. Are There any Risks? There are absolutely no risks to a CBCT. In fact, this type of scan actually exposes you by about 70% less radiation than other types of scans or X-rays. All you have to do is sit down and let us arrange the cone beam scanner. We'll ask you to sit very still as we take the scan, but that's all you have to do. There's no pain or invasive procedure. While traditional 2D images have been used to place dental implants for years, this new technology allows us to fine-tune the process and make it better. If you're considering dental implants, please call and talk to us about the procedure and how we're using cutting-edge technology to improve it....

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