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5 Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

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oral cancerOne of the best things that you can do for your health is to be in tune with your body. By understanding what is normal and what is abnormal, you will be able to detect things such as early signs of oral cancer or any other abnormalities. Caused primarily by tobacco use, oral cancer can quickly spread from your mouth to other parts of your body. If you are a tobacco user or have a family history of oral cancer, it’s important for you to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms. This article will discuss five warning signs of oral cancer that you should be aware of. Read on to learn more.

  1. Patches in Your Mouth

Things like canker sores can leave a white spot or two in your mouth. However, if you have oral cancer, you will notice that you have several white or red patches all across your mouth— primarily on your inner cheeks and the roof of your mouth.

  1. Difficulty Chewing and Swallowing

If you have ever experienced a panic attack, you may have noticed that it felt like your throat was closing up— making it difficult to swallow. If you are experiencing the difficulty swallowing without the anxiety, this could be indicative of oral cancer.

  1. A Lump

Have you noticed a lump on the skin thickening on the inside of your mouth? If you have and it isn’t going away, this could be a cancerous tumor.

  1. Chronic Sore Throat

If you have a sore throat that won’t go away with natural remedies and time, and you have tested negative for strep throat, this is another sign of oral cancer. Make sure to follow-up with your primary care provider if your sore throat does not subside after a week or two.

  1. Sensitive Sore

Watch for sores in your mouth that don’t heal on their own, and that bleed easily— this could be a sign that your body is trying to fight cancer but is unable to do so.

Luckily, if caught early on, most oral cancers can easily be treated. If you would like to learn more about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 

 



Dental Implant Maintenance: How to Brush Your Dental Implants

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Dental ImplantsDental implants can help restore both your physical appearance and your ability to function like normal once again. Whether you have lost a tooth due to an accident or injury, getting a dental implant can make you look like yourself. Unlike other options like dentures, dental implants are considered to be more permanent. In fact, as another added benefit, if cared for correctly, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. But how can you properly care for them? This article will discuss how to properly brush your dental implants to help them last as long as possible. Read on to learn more.

Use a Soft Bristle Brush

Did you know that if you use a toothbrush that has too hard of bristles that you can cause more harm than good? Specifically, hard bristled brushes can cut open your gums and even scratch your teeth. To make sure that your implants don’t get scratched or damaged, make sure that you are using either a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush.

Specialized Toothbrush

To help you reach every part of your dental implant, you can invest in a small, specialized toothbrush that is designed to reach the lower part of your implant, near your gums. Because they can reach into even the smallest spaces on and around your implants, it will ensure that you don’t get any cavities.

Ask About Whitening

Most types of over-the-counter whitening toothpaste will be okay for you to use on your dental implants. However, if the toothpaste contains too much hydrogen peroxide or bleach, it could weaken your implant and cause it to chip or become loose. As a rule of thumb, make sure you ask Dr. Leslie Sultan about what type of toothpaste you can use.

It’s fairly easy to take care of your dental implants— especially if you know how to properly brush them. To learn more about how you can take care of your implants or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 

 



Are You Making It Worse? 3 Things to Avoid When You Have TMJ

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TMJ Surgery Depending on whether or not you’re looking at the glass-half-full or half-empty, one of the benefits of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is that it has flare-ups which mean that you shouldn’t always have symptoms. By knowing what things can exacerbate your TMJ and make it worse, you can cut back on doing them so that you won’t have to deal with that chronic pain and discomfort. From stress to denial, this article will discuss three things that you should avoid when you have TMJ.

Stress

This is the hardest thing for most people to cut back on, yet it is one of the largest contributors to TMJ. When most patients who have TMJ start to feel stressed out, they clench their jaw which can cause pain, inflammation, and overall discomfort. If you live a particularly stressful life, you may suffer from more flare-ups than individuals who live a calmer lifestyle. Either way, when you start to feel stress coming on, try to release it in another way like through working out, using a stress ball, or finding another healthy outlet.

Hard-to-Chew Foods

Foods like gum, taffy, and steak are all considered to be hard-to-chew foods which can exacerbate your TMJ and contribute to a flare-up. To help reduce the likelihood of a flare-up altogether, try to avoid these foods at all costs. Instead of chewing gum, try mints. Instead of steak, choose chicken. By making these small dietary changes, you can live a more relaxed life.

Denial

Some people believe that if they don’t admit that they have an illness, it doesn’t exist. If you are in denial that you have TMJ and you aren’t taking the necessary precautions to avoid a flare-up, you are only going to make the condition worse. If you are still in that denial phase, leave it at the front door as soon as possible. By embracing the fact that you have this condition, you can make small changes towards living a pain-free life.

TMJ is a condition that causes your temporomandibular join to become inflamed and irritated— leaving patients with a locked, popping jaw, pain, and discomfort. If you feel a flare-up coming on, try to avoid the things listed above. To learn more about TMJ or treatment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 

 



Debunk It! 3 Myths Regarding Snoring

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snoringYes, sleeping next to someone who snores is enough to make you go crazy, but is their snoring really a sign of an underlying health issue? Does everyone who snores have sleep apnea? If you lose weight, will the snoring stop? This article will address three common misconceptions regarding snoring and what you need to know to be more informed. Read on to learn more.

Is It an Underlying Health Issue?

Snoring isn’t something that all people suffer from and is indicative of some underlying problem— how serious that problem is, however, will have to be determined by a doctor like Leslie H. Sultan. For instance, many people snore because they are congested, which is easily fixable. Whereas, other people snore because of sleep apnea which is a more serious condition. No matter what your reason is for snoring, you should get checked out by a medical professional.

Snoring Isn’t a Big Deal

Snoring disrupts your sleep pattern every night and can make patients feel constantly fatigued. If you or a loved one snore, it needs to be taken seriously and checked out by a medical professional, especially if your snoring is caused by sleep apnea.

Will Losing Weight Stop the Snoring?

Depending on what is causing the snoring, losing weight will not always fix it. For instance, patients who are overweight and suffer from sleep apnea may not snore after they lose weight, but this isn’t guaranteed. Additionally, depending on the cause of your snoring, weight loss may or may not affect it.

Snoring is a health issue that should be taken seriously and is often indicative of an underlying health issue. If you or one of your loved one snores, get it checked out by a professional like Dr. Leslie H. Sultan. Contact our office today to learn more!

 

 



4 Basic TMD Surgery Recovery Tips that Will Save You Stress

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tmj Dr. Sultan South FloridaIf you have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, you may experience pain and discomfort from small things like chewing gum, chewing food, or even opening your mouth to yawn. Although Dr. Leslie H. Sultan likes to treat TMD with non-invasive treatment options like massage, heat, and the avoidance of hard-to-chew foods, sometimes those solutions simply aren’t enough. Luckily, with a variety of TMD surgical options, you can restore your jaw and comfort level once again. If you are either considering getting TMD surgery or if you already have your surgery scheduled, it’s important to know what you can expect from recovery. To make your recovery go a lot smoother, we have created a list of small things you can do before surgery. Read on to learn more.

  1. Have Prescriptions Filled

If you contact our office before your surgery, we will most likely be able to send your prescriptions to the pharmacy so that you can have them filled. This will take the stress of having to pick up your prescriptions after surgery off of your plate.

  1. Stock Up on Meal Shakes

Depending on the type of TMD surgery you undergo, your mouth may be wired shut for a little while you are in recovery. To make sure that your body is getting all of the nutrition it needs, consider stocking up on meal shakes beforehand. Not only are meal shakes packed with vitamins, minerals, and calories, but they also come in yummy flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

  1. Pile On the Pillows

You are going to be spending the majority of your recovery either in bed or on the couch. To help with pain and inflammation following your surgery, we recommend that you sleep with your head propped up. Before you go into surgery, get your couch or bed set-up with tons of pillows.

  1. Schedule a Ride Home

For a day or two following your TMD surgery, you won’t be able to do much of anything let alone drive yourself home from our office. That’s why we encourage all of our patients to ask a friend or family member for a ride home after surgery. If you don’t have someone who can give you a ride, we can schedule one for you.

Make your life easier after surgery by following the tips listed above. To learn more about TMD surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 



3 All-Natural Snoring Remedies

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea TreatmentIf your friends and family are always complaining about how loud of a snorer you are, then you know it’s time to take care of it. As a leading indicator that you may have sleep apnea, loud snoring can not only cause everyone around you to lose sleep, but it can make you avoid hitting that REM cycle. However, not all snoring is indicative of sleep apnea— in fact, you may just need to make some life changes. From using a neti pot to losing weight, this article will discuss a few ways that you can combat your snoring and sleep better at night.

1.Try a Neti Pot
As one of the best, all-natural ways that you can clear your sinuses, try using a neti pot. Shaped like a teapot, a neti pot uses a saline solution and warm water to draw the mucus, debris, and pressure out of your sinuses.

2. Change Your Sleeping Position
Depending on how you’re sleeping, you may be obstructing your airway— attention stomach sleepers. However, by sleeping on your back, you can help to open up your lungs and allow the air to easily flow through your body— cutting out the snoring and giving your body the oxygen it needs.

3. Try Losing Weight
Whether you have sleep apnea or are just a snorer, losing weight can take the pressure off of your lungs and help you to breathe better at night. Plus, losing weight is great for your heart, joints, and blood pressure. By combining both consistent exercise and a diet filled with lean proteins, you can lose the weight and easily keep it off. Plus, your friends and family will thank you for the absence of snoring.

If you snore, it cannot only be embarrassing, but it can be physically exhausting as well. Try using the all-natural tips above to give you the comfort and a good night’s rest that you deserve. To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!



Avoid a TMJ Flare-Up: 3 Foods to Avoid This Holiday Season

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TMJ Flare-UpStay comfortable this holiday season and enjoy a TMJ flare-up. Caused primarily by stress placed on your jaw either through extreme clenching and grinding or from chewing, TMD can not only make talking uncomfortable, but it can also make chewing your favorite foods to feel virtually impossible. To avoid a flare-up this holiday season, refrain from eating the following foods. Read on to learn more.

Corn on the Cob
As a treat that is primarily consumed during Fourth of July barbecues, corn on the cob is also a yummy vegetable that goes great with a nice holiday turkey. And although corn on the cob is tasty and sweet, it can also cause your jaw to tense up and become uncomfortable. If there is corn on the cob on your holiday table this year, consider scrapping the corn off the cob so that you don’t have to take such big bites.

Toffee
Toffee is a homemade holiday treat that when covered in chocolate and nuts is a home run in many people’s books. And although this treat pairs deliciously with a nice glass of red wine after dinner, it’s hard texture can cause your jaw to suffer from pain. To avoid feeling the pain and dealing with a clenched jaw later on down the line, refrain from indulging in this homemade treat this season.

Hard Bread
Yummy artisan bread is typically a bit firm on the outside, and soft on the inside. Due to its hard texture that you have to tear apart with your teeth when consuming, this type of bread should be added to your list of things to refrain from during the holidays. If you must eat some bread, consider peeling the soft, center out and eating that instead.

Nothing can ruin your holiday meal quite like suffer from a TMJ flare-up. To avoid any pain, inflammation, or irritation this holiday season, try to avoid consuming any of the foods listed above. To learn more about how you can deal with your TMJ, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!



TMD Treatment: How to Perfect the Massage

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TMJWhen it comes to seeking treatment for your temporomandibular joint disorder, there are a few things that you can do from the comfort of your own home in order to help give you relief. Specifically, by taking an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, icing your jaw, and avoiding hard-to-chew foods like steak during a flare-up, you can help to ensure that you start to feel like your normal self once again. However, did you know that by properly massaging your jaw that you can also help to feel like yourself again as well? Read on to learn more about how you can perfect the art of jaw massage.

Why massage?
When you typically think of the term “massage” you probably associate it with back massages. However, massage is a form of treatment that can be used for a variety of things including to help treat your TMD. By helping to ease the pressure you may be feeling in your jaw and to loosen up the joint itself, massaging your jaw will help to bring you immediate comfort.

How should I massage?
Before you start to massage your jaw, loosen up the joints by moving your jaw slowly from side-to-side. If you feel a clicking sensation when you move your jaw, this is another symptom of TMD. After you have essentially “warmed up” your jaw, then you can start the actual massage process.

When massaging your jaw, the goal isn’t to further exacerbate the problem and cause additional pain. Rather, the goal is to relieve that pain, so make sure you aren’t applying too much pressure. Simply take your index and middle finger and extend them side-by-side in order to create your massage tool. Then use your fingers to massage your jaw line and where your jaw bones connect, near your ear. Using a circular motion, try adding a little bit of pressure to your massage— a little pain is fine, but if  you experience too much, ease up on the pressure. Continue to do this on each side for about 60-90 seconds. Repeat a few times a day until symptoms are alleviated.

If you suffer from TMD, learning how to properly massage your jaw will bring you great comfort. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie Sultan’s office today1



Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal? 3 Things to Consider

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Wisdom Teeth RemovalRecovering from getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to be as painful as you would think. In fact, just as with any sort of recovery process, as long as you are taking proper care of yourself, then the smoother your recovery should go. From learning what foods you should eat to understanding how often you should be icing your mouth after your impacted wisdom teeth are removed, this article will discuss a few things to consider as you are recovering. Read on to learn more.

Eat Right
Yes, you may think that during recovery you can simply sip on milkshakes and eat anything you want that is soft. However, did you know that during recovery you shouldn’t be using straws and that you need to be cautious of the temperature of the foods you are consuming?

  • Avoid Straws: By sucking on a straw, you can actually cause blood clots in your mouth rupture and could even result in something more serious like a dry socket as well.
  • Temperature: Extremely cold foods or extremely hot foods should also be avoided while your mouth is healing from surgery. Both temperatures can interfere with the healing process.

Ice a Lot
When it comes to icing your face and jawline after surgery, there really isn’t enough— just when you think you can take a break from icing, try icing some more. Ice is one of the best tools that you can use in order to cut down on inflammation and can even numb your face as well which will help ease the pain.

Change Your Gauze
For the first 48 hours after your surgery, it’s of utmost importance to make sure that your mouth is staying clean and that the bleeding around your incision sites are healing properly. As a great rule of thumb, make sure that you are changing your gauze every few hours or until the bleeding stops all the way— clean gauze means fewer infections and less bacteria in your mouth.

If you are having your impacted wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Leslie Sultan, make sure that you are following the above tips to help the recovery process go a bit more smoothly. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!



Facial Implants: What to Consider

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Facial ImplantsYes, you’ve heard of breast implants and likely butt implants (thank you Kim Kardashian), but did you know that you can get facial implants as well? Cheek, chin, and facial implants have gained popularity among people who wish to change their overall facial appearance by simply enhancing certain areas of it. For instance, cheek implants will help to give you a more contoured look without having to consistently use makeup in order to contour the lines and shapes of your face. Curious and ready to learn more about facial implants? Read on.

Who Is a Good Candidate?
Just like with any surgery, you need to be deemed a good candidate before you get facial implants of any kind. Patients who undergo facial implants typically have some of the following characteristics:

  • Have cosmetic/esthetic concerns only
  • Have a good bite relationship
  • Have a good jaw relationship
  • Have had previous jaw correction (orthognathic) surgery
  • Have facial deficits from previous traumatic injuries
    However, that doesn’t mean that if you don’t fit into one of those categories that you won’t be a good candidate. The best way to tell? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office.

What Does Surgery Entail?
Dr. Leslie H. Sultan has years of experience regarding facial implant surgery and likes to use implants manufactured from porous plastic material, or a combination of silicone coated with plastic. During the surgical procedure, you will be under anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing. By making small implants either in your mouth or in another inconspicuous area of your face, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will then surgically place your implants in the correct position in order to give you the more enhanced appearance you have always wanted.

Following your surgery, you will be sent into recovery where you will be monitored for a few hours in order to ensure that you are healthy enough to be sent home. Once you are released and sent home, you can expect to recover in bed for a few days following surgery. Upon your release, however, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will give you a detailed pamphlet regarding the recovery process.

If you lack certain facial contours and would like to enhance your natural beauty, you may want to consider chin, cheek, or facial implants. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!