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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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Can teeth implants result in loss of taste and numbness to the tongue?

Can teeth implants  result in loss of taste and numbness to the tongue?

Not done properly: The only way this can occur is if the implant is place incorrectly and it has perforated the jaw on the tongue side of the mandible. If the drill perforated the bone or the implant perforated the bone and impinges on the lingual nerve this can occur. This must be addressed asap. In rare instances this can occur from the injection butbthis should be self limiting. See your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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My left front tooth is loose will this lead to bone loss in the jaw, do loose teeth lead to bone loss?

My left front tooth is loose will this lead to bone loss in the jaw, do loose teeth lead to bone loss?

Other way around: Loose permanent teeth, in the absence of trauma, are caused by bone loss. This is usually secondary to periodontal disease, and if caught early can be treated and stabilized. Please have an evaluation by your general dentist and ask if referral to a periodontist is advisable. ...Read more

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Do soft drinks cause loss of bone mass in kids?

Do soft drinks cause loss of bone mass in kids?

Some ok, some not...: I agree with not drinking soft-drinks with sugar, a major issue in childhood obesity. While drinks like 7-up, sprite, & gingerale, provide no bone loss, it is well shown that drinking beverages with more than carbonated water, which are soft drinks containg phosphoric acid (colas, dr. Peppers) do cause a net loss of calcium in urine. At best, they should be occasional. ...Read more

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Constant metal taste in mouth and loss of smell?

Constant metal taste in mouth and loss of smell?

Smoking?: Most common is chronic damage to nerves of the nose and tongue from toxic exposure. Your complaints are very common for smokers or those who use asthma inhalers too much. Heavy metal toxicity can cause these symptoms. Lead, mercury and arsenic exposure can cause this. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw?

Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw?

Unlikely: As long as you have missing teeth, the bone will "melt away" wherever there is tooth loss. Furthermore, partial dentures break your existing teeth as they are held in by metal clasps that hook around your teeth. It is just a matter of time before the teeth break. Consider dental implants. ...Read more

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Can dentures help reduce bone loss in areas where teeth have been extracted?

Can dentures help reduce bone loss in areas where teeth have been extracted?

No: My collegue is correct. Alveolar bone is that part of the jawbone that surrounds and supports the teeth. When a tooth is lost, there is no need for alveolar bone and over time, it resorbs. In addition, the pressure of dentures causes even more bone loss! so it's a double whammy! ...Read more

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Can you have a dental bridge in the lower jaw first molar when there's bone loss in the gap of missing tooth?

Yes you can: replace missing tooth with bone loss. In this case the fix bridge with sanitary pontic (a pontic which does not touch the edentulous ridge) is recommended. ...Read more

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Will general cleaning of gum prevent loss of tooth and bone?

Yes: Yes that is why a general cleaning is recommended every 6 months as you cannot get under the gums where plaque can accumulate which causes the bone loss. If you do have a lot of plaque and tarter under the gums, than you may need a more aggressive cleaning called scaling and root planing. In that case a general cleaning will not help until you get the scaling. ...Read more

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Can low nutrition affect the healing of tooth extractions and bone graft?

Can low nutrition affect the healing of tooth extractions and bone graft?

Yes: Adequate nutrition is necessary for all healing of the body. Bone grafts require adequate calcium and vitamin D for healing. Please talk to your doctor or see a nutritionist for advice on improving your diet. ...Read more

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Can loss of teeth cause difficulty in speech?

Can loss of teeth cause difficulty in speech?

Yes: Loss of teeth, especially in the front of the mouth, can cause speech problems because it allows for change in lip and tongue positions which are key to proper speech. ...Read more

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Can loss of teeth cause difficulty in speech?

Can loss of teeth cause difficulty in speech?

Most of the time: Teeth help support the lips and cheeks, and allow the tongue a place to rest when forming certain sounds... Many people have very few teeth and enunciate just fine. Others are incoherent. ...Read more

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Are daily headaches, nausea, numbness in limbs, shortness in breath, weight loss, drowsiness and loss in appetite signs of cancer in teenagers?

Are daily headaches, nausea, numbness in limbs, shortness in breath, weight loss, drowsiness and loss in appetite signs of cancer in teenagers?

See a Dr. : You need an evaluation. There are multiple symptoms and multiple possibilities here including symptoms resulting from poor lifestyle habits, like poor nutrition, poor sleep habits, even depression. Get checked out but stay calm. Cancer would not be high on the list. ...Read more

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Bitter taste in mouth correlated to losing weight?

Bitter taste in mouth correlated to losing weight?

May be from fasting: Fasting leads to ketones which changes the breath odor and taste. An empty stomach can also allow bile reflux and bile is bitter. ...Read more

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What is progressive loss of bone tissue?

What is progressive loss of bone tissue?

Resorption: Bone will resorbe (or dissolve) when it undergoes stress or trauma. Bacteria releases toxins that can irritate tissue and bone. The tissue will turn red and bleed... The bone will simply dissolve. Bone resorption that is untreated can result in toothh loss. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Bone Loss (Definition)

non specific, descriptive term encompassing various disorders of abnormal bone turnover, production, or mineralization which result ...Read more