Oxnard Dentist Offers 7 Tips for Detecting Oral Cancer Early in Hopes of Helping Others Avoid Same Fate as His Mother, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Tony Gwynn

The recent news of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s passing due to mouth cancer landed hard on Dr. Saj Jivraj, prosthodontist and founder of the Anacapa Dental Art Institute, who lost his mother to mouth cancer as well. To see the early signs of oral cancer, Dr. Jivraj offers these seven tips.

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Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad are prosthodondists who have each served as chairman of the Restorative Department at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad are prosthodondists who have each served as chairman of the Restorative Department at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

“Oral cancer is a terrible thing,” Dr. Saj Jivraj said. “It can destroy a person's self-esteem and happiness before it takes their life.”

Oxnard, CA (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

The recent news of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s passing due to mouth cancer landed hard on Dr. Saj Jivraj, prosthodontist and founder of the Anacapa Dental Art Institute. While Gwynn was an admired figure in Southern California, the news struck much closer to home for Dr. Jivraj, who has lost someone much more precious to him to mouth cancer – his mother.

“Oral cancer is a terrible thing,” Dr. Jivraj said. “It can destroy a person self-esteem and happiness before it takes their life.”

About 42,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with some form of oral cancer. More than one in three (36 percent) won’t live five years after their diagnosis.

“The best chance of catching the disease early is with regular visits to the dentist,” Dr. Jivraj said.

Oral cancer occurs on the lips, gums, throat, cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth.

To see the early signs of oral cancer, Dr. Jivraj offers these seven tips:
1. Know the risk factors: male; 50 years old or older; smoke or drink; have oral human papillomavirus (HPV).
2. Sores that won’t heal.
3. White or red patches.
4. Tenderness or numbness in your mouth.
5. A lumpy or crusty spot in your mouth.
6. A hard time moving your tongue.
7. Changes in how your teeth fit together.

Dr. Jivraj wants anyone with even one of the signs to schedule a dental appointment.

“You must detect the disease early to increase your chances of defeating it,” he said.

Dr. Jivraj is an award-winning prosthodontist who specializes in implant, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. He is a former chairman of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry’s Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry section. He also is an international lecturer and has written more than two dozen articles on implant dentistry and restorative dentistry for the British Dental Association.

Dr. Jivraj received advanced prosthodontic training at the USC School of Dentistry. He is co-author of the textbook “Treatment Planning in Implant Dentistry,” which is used around the world. Dr. Jivraj is on the editorial board of the highly prestigious Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and is associate clinical editor for Dental Teamwork magazine.

He is an associate clinical professor at the USC School of Dentistry, clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute in London and is on the board of directors for the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Jivraj won “Best of USA” by his peers in 2008.

His partner at the Anacapa Dental Art Institute is Dr. Mamaly Reshad, who also is a former chairman of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry’s Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry section.

Dr. Reshad, a fellow prosthodontist, is an internationally known expert in restorative and cosmetic dental
procedures. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on various topics related to prosthodontics, aesthetics, and implant dentistry.

Dr. Reshad is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He is an honorary clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute and on the faculty of the Global Institute for Dental Education.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has been offering quality dental care treatments since 1996. The team specializes in implant, prosthodontic, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. It also offers gentle dental care treatments for patients aged 50 and above.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has two new state-of-the-art training and dental offices in Oxnard and Woodland Hills, Calif., respectively.

The Oxnard location, at 2821 North Ventura Road, Bldg H, has 3,600 square feet encompassing six treatment rooms, a fully in-house dental lab and a state-of-the-art teaching center, according to Anacapa Dental Art Institute founder Dr. Saj Jivraj.

The on-site teaching center includes a high-tech suite where other dentists can observe patient treatments. Courses have been arranged for dentists from Japan, China, India and South America.

The Woodland Hills office, at 6325 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, No. 513, is 1,500 square feet and it features an in-house dental lab catering to patients in and around Los Angeles.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has a staff of 11, which includes the two prosthodontists, a root canal specialist, a general dentist, two hygienists, three dental assistants and two receptionists.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute provides the following procedures:

All on Four (All on 4) dental implants

All on Six (All on 6) dental implants

Mini dental implants

Permanent teeth in one day

Teeth in an Hour

● Full mouth reconstruction

● Teeth whitening

● Invisalign teeth straightening

● Sedation dentistry

● Cosmetic dentures (“facelift”)

Those looking for Oxnard All on Four dental implants or Woodland Hills cosmetic dentistry services can get more information about Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad at Dentalimplantsventura.com or call the Oxnard office at (805) 604-5811 or the Woodland Hills office at (818) 839-7419.


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