Daniel E. Levin, DDS, Inc.

Lifesaving Facts About Oral Cancer

 

Cancer is a disease that shows no discrimination.

 

What makes oral cancer so scary is that it is often not diagnosed until a late stage, In fact, only one-third of all oral cancers are diagnosed in an early stage. While typically thought to affect older people, it’s now more prevalent in

younger age groups. These facts make it crucial that you maintain good oral health, live a healthy lifestyle (including diet, proper exercise, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol), and have oral cancer exams during your routine dental checkups.

Oral cancer can often mimic a harmless mouth sore. If you notice any unusual sores or ulcers anywhere in your mouth that do not heal within 2-3 weeks, contact our office or a physician to make an appointment as soon as possible. To learn more about the causes and treatment options for oral cancer, read the article “Oral Cancer.”

Are dental x-rays dangerous?

Are dental x-rays dangerous?

Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. A routine exam which includes 4 bitwings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (~1-2 hrs). The American Dental Association recommends that patients who are not having problems have dental x-rays performed every two years. Proper shielding is also common, which makes the potential risk even lower.

The above was taken from X-Ray Risk.com which promotes responsible imaging through education.  Click on the link below for a list of FAQs on radiation safety.

http://www.xrayrisk.com/faq.php#q20

Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

If you suspect you or a family member may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you should consult our office. While treatment options are available, a proper diagnosis is the first step. It is also important to note that the risks of undiagnosed OSA include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In addition, it can cause daytime sleepiness that results in accidents, lost productivity, depression, and problems in your relationships with others. If you feel you may have sleep apnea, answer the following questions and then share your responses with our office. This simple action could save your life.

  • Are you a loud, habitual snorer?
  • Do you regularly feel un-refreshed, even after waking from 8 to 10 hours of sleep?
  • Has anyone ever witnessed you choking, gasping, or holding your breath during sleep?
  • Do you find yourself falling asleep easily throughout your day at home or at work?
  • Do you often suffer from poor concentration or judgment, memory loss, irritability, and/or depression?
  • Are you 15 pounds over the normal weight range for your height and/or does your neck measure more than 17 inches if you are male or 16 inches if you are female?

While your responses to the above questions do not provide a diagnosis, they will serve as important factors that we will use to make a diagnosis. To learn more read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

Jaw Pain after a Fall…What You Should Do

Jaw Pain after a Fall…What You Should Do

Are you experiencing persistent pain in your jaw after a fall that won’t go away or is getting worse? The first and most important tip is to schedule an appointment with our office! There are many reasons for jaw pain; however, you need a professional to understand what happened and evaluate your pain. By having a thorough exam, we can establish a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. You might have displaced a tooth, traumatized your jaw joint, or even fractured your jaw—but you will never know without a proper evaluation. Learn more about the causes of jaw pain and its treatments by reading, “Jaw Pain.”

Welcome to Huntington Beach Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery

Thank you taking the time to read our first blog.  In the very near future, I plan on posting a number of articles that hopefully you find interesting.  They mainly have to do with health related issues, technology and treatment of a variety of problems commonly seen in our oral surgery practice.  If at any time you need more information or want to discuss a topic not already presented, please either comment here or call the office at 714 842-2521.

Daniel Levin, DDS