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what is the definition or description of: soft palate?

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Dr. Marielaina Perrone
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Soft Palate is...: The fleshy part of the palate, extending from the posterior edge of the hard palate; the uvula projects from its free inferior border.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Behind hard palate: The soft area on the roof of your mouth, behind the hard palate, that moves up and down when you talk, swallow, and breathe.
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Back of mouth: The soft palate is the area distal (behind ) the hard palate and is the area on the rough of the mouth before you get into the throat.
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
In the back: The soft palate is the back part of the palate that has the uvula (dangling thingamajig) and has no bone underneath it. It has muscles in it.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 46 years experience
Soft palate: Inside the top of your mouth between your arch of teeth and behind to your throat is your palate. It has two parts: the hard(bony) and soft. The soft palate starts behind your hard palate to your throat where the little tissue(uvula) hangs down. It moves with speech, breathing, and swallowing. It is a highly sensitive area which can set off your gag reflex.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Posterior palate: This is the part of the palate farther back in the mouth that is not supported by underlying bone. It includes the uvula which is the projection extending posteriorly in the middle.

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A 26-year-old female asked:

My soft palate seems to have lowered or is swollen and is making me want to swallow all the time n feeling like i'm talking funny what could this be?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
See physician: I recommend that you see your primary care physician or an ENT specialist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment if necessary. If you have any trouble breathing call 911.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why are there red dark spots in my soft palate?

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Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Petechiae?: Could be little broken blood capillaries from sucking too hard or some other trauma. If they don't resolve in a couple of weeks, see a dentist.
A 35-year-old member asked:

My soft palate is black, should I be concerned?

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Dr. Aaron Cregger
Dentistry 15 years experience
Depends: Im not sure if you are african american or not but if you are this could be racial pigmentation which is normal, if not you should get into your dentist to take a closer look at that!
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can the soft palate get inflamed?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Absolutely: Just like most other parts of your mouth and body.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

I have white patches on both sides of my soft palate. They seemed to have turned yellowish today i quite smoking 2 months ago but noticed them before?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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See your doctor: Leukoplakia, or white patches on the mouth or tongue, may occur because of cellular changes in the oral epithelium, or lining. At your age, i would not expect to see them, but if you were smoking for a long while, or unusually heavily, they may occur. They can be pre-cancerous and should be evaluated by your physician, who may refer you for further evaluation and treatment.

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