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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Are there any side effects of baking soda? My brother has been using it for about 2 weeks now and he has problems in his mouth / tongue

Are there any side effects of baking soda? My brother has been using it for about 2 weeks now and he has problems in his mouth / tongue

Sensitivity: Baking soda can whiten teeth, but it is more abrasive than most toothpastes. This can abrade, or wear the teeth and make them more sensitive. Your brother should see a dentist to find out why is going on in his mouth. ...Read more

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Soft tissue in mouth & tongue irritated by reflux. Worse am. Worse after sitting. Diet change/behaviour change recommendations welcome! many thanks. ?

Soft tissue in mouth & tongue irritated by reflux. Worse am. Worse after sitting. Diet change/behaviour change recommendations welcome! many thanks. ?

Need to address GERD: You must control acid-it will burn mouth, tongue and esophagus and dissolve your teeth. Address the causes (high acid, hiatal hernia, apnea) with rx and nutrition guides from your pcp and see dentist to support the chemistry needed to improve acid resistance of your teeth. Avoid dietary acids, carbonation, heavy spice. Consider elevated sleep (not just pillows) and dental splint to minimize wear. ...Read more

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Does strep hurt the roof of your mouth & tongue?

Does strep hurt the roof of your mouth & tongue?

Absolutely: It hurts 1/3 back part of the tongue and the soft palate. I hope this helps. If you have more questions contact me on my Virtual Practice at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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Every year, how many teenagers get oral/mouth/tongue cancer?

Every year, how many teenagers get oral/mouth/tongue cancer?

Oral cancer: There seems to be a trend and demographic shift in younger patients showing up with head and neck area esp oral cavity cancers partially attributed to smoking patterns and prevalence of hpv (human papilloma virus) and other reasons for this shift are not fully understood. ...Read more

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Large ulcers in mouth & tongue continue to form over past 3 weeks?

Large ulcers in mouth & tongue continue to form over past 3 weeks?

Apthous ulcers: Sounds like apthous stomatitis which can be an ongoing problem. You definately should see your dentist. ...Read more

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What health habits are critical for the mouth, tongue and teeth to function efficiently?

What health habits are critical for the mouth, tongue and teeth to function efficiently?

For sure: Proper regular brushing, daily flossing & raking your tongue. Also healthy diet with food that will be non injurious to the teeth. This recipe will without fail, provide you excellent oral health. ...Read more

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My wife is having dryness of eyes and mouth/tongue. Age 45 dr prescribed. Pilocarpin 5mg. But no relief. Pl advice?

My wife is having dryness of eyes and mouth/tongue. Age 45 dr prescribed. Pilocarpin 5mg. But no relief.   Pl advice?

This needs...: Dryness of the eyes and mouth can be the result of medications of many types such as over the counter allergy preparations, antidepressants, cold medications and the like. It can also be an early sign of more serious problems such as autoimmune diseaseslike rheumatoid arthritis or sjogren's disease. She should see an ophthalmologist and possibly a rheumatologist and get a workup. ...Read more

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Mouth/tongue itches when eating avocados. What does this sound like?

Mouth/tongue itches when eating avocados. What does this sound like?

Allergy: I have several patients that have reported that sensation to me and it seems to be a very mild contact dermatitis. Nothing to worry about unless you start to have tongue swelling or difficulty breathing (pretty rare). ...Read more

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Is there a hormonal reason for a dry mouth/tongue? What helps aside from drinking more?

Is there a hormonal reason for a dry mouth/tongue? What helps aside from drinking more?

Possibly: There can be many causes of dry mouth- mouth breathing, (breath more through your mouth than your nose,) meds, supplements, etc. There are many products out there for dry mouth- Biotene toothpastes, rinses, or some new one's- Xylimelts. Best to try and determine cause first. ...Read more

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My daughter has ringworm on her shoulder.She was scratching it.Can she spread the ringworm to her mouth/tongue?How long does ringworm last on surfaces

My daughter has ringworm on her shoulder.She was scratching it.Can she spread the ringworm to her mouth/tongue?How long does ringworm last on surfaces

See Your Doctor: Tinea Corporis aka ringworm is a fungal skin infection contracted from humans. animals, inanimate objects (ex, sport equipment). Common in hot, humid climates. Causes round, scaly, red, itchy plaques usually head, neck, extremities, or skin areas in contact with infected source. Treatment with antifungal med is required. Treat affected pets also, cleanse contaminated surfaces. See your doctor now. ...Read more

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Hi..Every other 2-3months I have thrushed (aphthosis)in my mouth, tongue & lips.What is the reason & why? Thanx

Hi..Every other 2-3months I have thrushed (aphthosis)in my mouth, tongue & lips.What is the reason & why? Thanx

Cause unknown: It could be a virus or associated with different disorders such as anemia, vitamin deficiency celiac disease, inflammatory vowel disease among others. Most people have a trigger for the ulcers such as trauma, spicy or acidic foods, stress or hormonal changes. If you can identify your trigger, you can decrease the number of episodes. ...Read more

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Last HIV risk-8/23/14. Blood test done 9/17/14 (nonreactive). OraQuick done 12/10/14, 7/15/15. Both neg. Can I rest easy? Mouth/tongue sores worry me.

Last HIV risk-8/23/14. Blood test done 9/17/14 (nonreactive). OraQuick done 12/10/14, 7/15/15. Both neg. Can I rest easy? Mouth/tongue sores worry me.

Yes, rest easy!: The HIV tests are among the most accurate diagnostic tests ever developed, for any medical condition, and results always overrule exposure and symptoms. No matter how high your risk of HIV might have been at the time, and no matter how typical the symptoms, these results prove you don't have it. And mouth sores would never be the only symptom of HIV. See MD or dentist if they continue. ...Read more

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I've had a horribly sour taste in the back of my mouth/tongue for two days now. Goes away when I eat or brush my teeth but returns within five minutes?

I've had a horribly sour taste in the back of my mouth/tongue for two days now. Goes away when I eat or brush my teeth but returns within five minutes?

Possible sinus: You could have a sinus drip which can cause that sour taste in the back of your throat. When you brush your teeth or eat you are flushing the mucous out of that space behind your tongue. I don't know if you have any other symptoms, but you may want to have your physician check for possible sinus congestion or infection. ...Read more

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2yrs ago i started having daily allergic reactions. (face mouth tongue swelling). I take Claritin & Zantac (ranitidine) daily.They can not find a cause. Thoughts?

2yrs ago i started having daily allergic reactions. (face mouth tongue swelling). I take Claritin & Zantac (ranitidine) daily.They can not find a cause. Thoughts?

Angioedema causes: I assume you have been evaluated by an allergist. Your condition, called angioedema, can be secondary to medications, or acquired from an underlying disease, or hereditary if you have members of the family with same symptoms, or idiopathic, which is an unknown cause. If you did not see an allergist, i would recommend seeing one. ...Read more

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My tongue feels like I burnt it and I know I didn't burn it. It started out itchy all in my mouth tongue and cheeks. My taste buds raised, red and irritated. What could this be?

My tongue feels like I burnt it and I know I didn't burn it. It started out itchy all in my mouth tongue and cheeks. My taste buds raised, red and irritated. What could this be?

Burnt tongue: Sounds like a possible allergic reaction. A otc antihistamine may work if no change you will need to see you dentist for further evaluation. If swelling occurs go to emergency room to address possible airway restriction and managment . Side effect from prescription medication could also be a cause. Consult the prescribing doctor if you are on medications. ...Read more

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SOS! A few hours ago, I by mistake took a big sip of very hot tea & burnt my mouth, tongue & throat. Everything feels pained & inflamed. What can I do?

SOS! A few hours ago, I by mistake took a big sip of very hot tea & burnt my mouth, tongue & throat. Everything feels pained & inflamed. What can I do?

Swish: Swishing with coconut oil is safe and effective for mild burns and immediate relief. It's important to spit out anything that is swished in the mouth. If the burns are deep I recommend being seen in person by your provider ASAP! ...Read more

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I'm 31 year old, woman, married for11 years, mom of 2.I'm suffering from mouth ulcers for 6 years and have approx10 ulcers in mouth &tongue at times.Help?

I'm 31 year old, woman, married for11 years, mom of 2.I'm suffering from mouth ulcers for 6 years and have approx10 ulcers in mouth &tongue at times.Help?

Couple possibilites: Chronic ulcers in the mouth can be due to a few different reasons, it would depend on size, location, duration, and environmental factors. Regardless of the cause, whether auto-immune, viral, or traumatic, there are medications that can be prescribed to help alleviate the pain and lessen the severity of the episode or flare up. I would see a dentist for a diagnosis, to see if anything can be done. ...Read more

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Rock- hard marble- sized lump on jaw line towards the neck and swollen mouth. Tongue feels like its being ripped open if moved. Any idea?

Rock- hard marble- sized lump on jaw line towards the neck and swollen mouth. Tongue feels like its being ripped open if moved. Any idea?

See dentist asap!: My idea would be to see your dentist asap! find out what it is. Don't waste your time trying to have someone who can't see nor examine you try to guess as to what it is. ...Read more

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I have GERD and on omeprozole, my mouth/tongue is very dry & my voice sometimes is hoarse. Anything i can take? Is this cause from taking ppi s?

I have GERD and on omeprozole, my mouth/tongue is very dry & my voice sometimes is hoarse. Anything i can take? Is this cause from taking ppi s?

Baking soda in water: Stomach acids from gastric reflux can be very irritating on the throat and vocal cords leading to hoarseness and dry mouth. Omeprazole can also dry out normal secretions that keep your mouth moist. Avoiding acidic foods (citrus, tomatoes, etc.) spicy foods and alcohol can help control gerd. Drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda after meals will neutralize acids too. ...Read more

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My throat / lower mouth /tongue tingles when i breath through my nose?

Allergy?: Your symptoms are not specific. the thing that comes to mind is some type of allergy. Try a non-prescription antihistamine such as claritin, zyrtec and allegra, in addition to a nasal steroid spray, also nonprescription, such as nasalcort. Pay attention to what else may be a trigger for this, such as food, or drinks. And see if there's anything abnormal in the mouth (redness, ulcers). Good luck ...Read more

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Ate chicken soup w carrots, celery, potato & rice. 5 min in, my mouth & tongue went numb. Allergy?

Ate chicken soup w carrots, celery, potato & rice. 5 min in, my mouth & tongue went numb. Allergy?

Possibly,: was it homemade or commercially processed? Many commercially processed soups contain preservatives and flavoring/coloring agents which you may be sensitive to but not a true allergy. Do some dective work, read the labels carefully and try a good homemade organic recipe. ...Read more

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Can tongue pain be associated w/ tmj? Ent Dr says no lesions but I'm having pain in upper jaw back of mouth, tongue discomfort, tingling spot upperlip

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Can tongue pain be associated w/ tmj? Ent Dr says no lesions but I'm having pain in upper jaw back of mouth, tongue discomfort, tingling spot upperlip

See a neurologist: The symptoms you described is a neurological trigeminal nerve sensory deficiency. The visit to the neurologist is warranted. Ask your doctor for the referral ASAP. ...Read more

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Born w/ neutropenia,I have suffered w/cold sores on my lips/nose 4 yrs. Now im getting them inside my mouth,tongue& roof. Isn't that a sign for HIV?

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Born w/ neutropenia,I have suffered w/cold sores on my lips/nose 4 yrs.  Now im getting them inside my mouth,tongue& roof. Isn't that a sign for HIV?

Can't tell: If you were born with neutropenia, I hope you are under the care of a hematologist and a immunologist. If not, it is time to consult them. Your symptoms are not specific for AIDS but they do need attention. ...Read more

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I have oral thrush/candida & was given clotrimozole troche 10mg 5x/day for 2 weeks today. White spots are all over my mouth, tongue, tonsils, lips & uvula. I can't stop wanting to gag. What can I do?

I have oral thrush/candida & was given clotrimozole troche 10mg 5x/day for 2 weeks today. White spots are all over my mouth, tongue, tonsils, lips & uvula. I can't stop wanting to gag. What can I do?

See an ID doctor: If you are an adult, not diabetic or on antibiotics or steroids and have thrush you must be tested for HIV disease and have your immunity assessed. Thrush seldom occurs in normal adults, and particularly when it fails to respond to standard treatment it is an ominous sign. ...Read more

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Have red patches on tongue & in throat. Saw my gp. Said it was from stress and prescribed med. Went away for few days but returned while still on med. Red patches on tongue, roof and back of mouth. Tongue hurts like it is burnt. What should I do? Sch

Have red patches on tongue & in throat.  Saw my gp.  Said it was from stress and prescribed med. Went away for few days but returned while still on med.  Red patches on tongue, roof and back of mouth. Tongue hurts like it is burnt.  What should I do?  Sch

Go back to your doc: You could have an infection of some type (bacterial, viral, fungal) or autoimmune disorder. This will require further testing. You did not say what the med was or whether you actuality are stressed. Your doc may be right about stress being a factor here but a diagnoses for your problem is still lacking. You may want to have a dentist look at it as well since they look at mouths all the time. ...Read more

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31yrmale.sjogerns negative(ana<1:40,RA -ve,CRP,ESR normal). Feel dry mouth&tongue always esp while talking/doing exercise&inturn fatigue N head press?

31yrmale.sjogerns negative(ana<1:40,RA -ve,CRP,ESR normal). Feel dry mouth&tongue always esp while talking/doing exercise&inturn fatigue N head press?

Dehydration: We 'use up' water in our daily activities -esp exercising (sweating) and even talking because you're expelling air which must be humidified to 100% before it can be breathed in--therefore, when exhaled, a 'cloud' of water goes with it. Try increased fluids. Check urine for a light yellow to clear color-that will indicate you're hydrated. Limit heat exposures. Fatigue should get better if hydrated. ...Read more

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Sulfa drug for bladder infection.then oral thrush with nystatin. White patches gone but mouth /tongue still burning feeling.how long until better?

Sulfa drug for bladder infection.then oral thrush with nystatin. White patches gone but mouth /tongue still burning feeling.how long until better?

7-10 days?: It depends on several factors. Are you still using the nystatin? Are you using a steroid inhaler? Are you done with the antibiotic? If you are not using a steroid and you are done with the antibiotic then you should get better quicker. ...Read more

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Sore throat , red on the uvila and soft palet on the roof of mouth, tongue spots that turned into valleys, now white bumps on the back of tongue and ?

Sore throat , red on the uvila and soft palet on the roof of mouth, tongue spots that turned into valleys, now white bumps on the back of tongue and ?

Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. Try to quit the tobacco use, good opportunity. If concerned, see your PCP after 6 days or so. ...Read more

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Does taking two different medications make you feel a funny feeling in mouth and tongue?

Does taking two different medications make you feel a funny feeling in mouth and tongue?

Sometimes: Some medications can have very strange side effects. Consult your physician or a pharmacist. If you develop swelling of your lips and/or tongue, you may be having an allergic reaction which requires immediate attention. ...Read more

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I am a smoker and i usually smoke 2-3 cig per day..Dryness is all over the mouth including tongue! what should I do?

I am a smoker and i usually smoke 2-3 cig per day..Dryness is all over the mouth including tongue! what should I do?

Stop smoking: Stop smoking and get a complete head and neck exam to check for oral cancer. Early detection is key. Prevention is even better! if you were grossly overweight and had trouble breathing and walking what would you do? Lose weight and exercise more or lie in bed, rest on the sofa and walk less? Address the cause and not the effects. ...Read more

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Why is my mouth and tongue having numbness?

Why is my mouth and tongue having numbness?

Personal evaluation: A numb feeling in the mouth or tongue could have many possible causes, such as but not limited to an early sign of aphthous stomatitis, a dry mouth (xerostomia), from medications, hormonal changes, certain medical conditions, or allergies. See your dentist who may need to refer you to your physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why would i get persistent sores in mouth and tongue ?

Why would i get persistent sores in mouth and tongue  ?

Due to several cause: There is one common condition causes sores in mouth and that is cold soree other conditions causing persistent sores are 1canker sores 2glossitis 3hand foot&mouth disease 4herpangina 5herpes gingivostomatitis some uncommon conditions rarely seen are stomatitis, salivary mucocele, mouth cancer, kaposis sarcoma, and few more consult your doctor if it persists and do not go away. ...Read more

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My mouth and tongue has been extremely dry, for no apparent reason since yesterday morning. I only took my daily rx's: look at the meds on my profile.

My mouth and tongue has been extremely dry, for no apparent reason since yesterday morning. I only took my daily rx's: look at the meds on my profile.

Drink more water: With your history of breathing difficulty and the med Clonazepam will cause you to have a dry mouth. Are you a mouth breather? Drinking 8 glasses of water will definitely help big time. Drink 2 in morning before bkfst, 2 before lunch, 2 before supper and 2 before bed. ...Read more

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Can cunilingus infect the mouth and tongue?

Can cunilingus infect the mouth and tongue?

Only if there: If there is a cut in the mouth or bleeding gums. You can catch an infection. Herpes can also be transmitted if there is a flare up. ...Read more

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Tongue Inflammation (Definition)

Good day; Glossitis is a synonym for inflammation of the tongue. Most frequently in my practice patients bite their tongues which result in pain and swelling. I've biopsied tongues in diagnosing Lipomas; referring these patients to oral surgeons. Other causes of swollen tongue include genetic ...Read more


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Burning Mouth Syndrome (Definition)

Burning mouth syndrome causes chronic burning pain in your mouth. The pain from burning mouth syndrome may affect your tongue, gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth, or widespread areas of your whole mouth. The pain can be severe, as if you ...Read more