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My dentist here told me that brushing tongue can be harmful for the taste buds, given that's true. How should I clean my tongue?

My dentist here told me that brushing tongue can be harmful for the taste buds, given that's true. How should I clean my tongue?

No: I have never heard or read of anyone damaging their taste buds by brushing or scraping their tongue. I believe that you dentist is wrong. ...Read more

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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I went to the dentist yesterday, for a deep cleaning and I'm noticing the skin that hangs on the underside of my tongue are dark red& sore.

I went to the dentist yesterday, for a deep cleaning and I'm noticing the skin that hangs on the underside of my tongue are dark red& sore.

Surgery: Deep cleaning is a surgical procedure, which may explain the soreness. The coloration you are describing is probably normal anatomy. Please see your Dentist for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Is it really nessesary to use mouth wash and get regular cleans fromt he dentist and should I ever visit the hygienist?

Is it really nessesary to use mouth wash and get regular cleans fromt he dentist and should I ever visit the hygienist?

No and yes and yes: No, it is not necessary that you use mouthwash. Yes, it is in your best interests to be seen regularly by a dentist. No matter how well you think you clean your teeth, there are areas you cannot reach or see. In addition, many dental problems are painless until the teeth need to be extracted. And yes, the hygienist is trained to clean your teeth in a way that you cannot. ...Read more

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Dental issues. Appt soon for laser deep scale cleaning. Mouth been hurtin, now gland where tonsil is are swollen. Should I keep dentist appt.

Probably: Call your dentist and tell her/him your symptoms. Usually glands swell as the first response to an infection and the infection can be caused by your periodontal disease for which treatment is scheduled. Your dentist may want to give you an antibiotic if this is the case. ...Read more

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Should I brush the top of my mouth to clean? My dentist told me it causes gum recession and it is not necessary. What about skin next to the teeth?

Should I brush the top of my mouth to clean? My dentist told me it causes gum recession and it is not necessary. What about skin next to the teeth?

Be gentle: Brushing roof of mouth unnecessary. Gums next to teeth need to be cleaned, especially the sulcus between the gum and the tooth. Important: 1-use SOFT t-brush, 2- brush gently but thoroughly 2 full minutes by the clock 2x/day, 3-don't scrub hard, 4-floss DAILY, 5-ask your Dentist/Hygienist to personalize your Oral Hygiene regimen, 6-have regular professional care. ...Read more

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Saw dentist, had cleaning, explained facial and teeth pain. Dr said saw nothing. My mouth often dry, tough rough, sore, gums tender. Hurts please help?

Saw dentist, had cleaning, explained facial and teeth pain. Dr said saw nothing. My mouth often dry, tough rough, sore, gums tender. Hurts please help?

Find bew dentist: Without a visual exam and more details, help of any kind is hard to offer you. Sorry. A word of advice, though: if your dentist is not listening to you nor helping you be healthier and happier, you should fond one that will. ...Read more

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I went for a teeth cleaning and dentist said I have signs of Leukoplakia but I see nothing in my mouth I was told to stop smoking should I be worried?

I went for a teeth cleaning and dentist said I have signs of Leukoplakia but I see nothing in my mouth I was told to stop smoking should I be worried?

Yes: Leukoplakia is a white plaque on the border of your tongue caused by alterations of the outer cover or epithelium. Smoking is a major cause and can lead to cancer so a biopsy would be in order to see what stage you are at and stop smoking now-good luck ...Read more

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Dentist cut my tongue today on accident. How do I heal it?

Dentist cut my tongue today on accident. How do I heal it?

Usually no problem.: Usually a small laceration on your tongue is no problem and will heal by itself. Location and size of laceration will obviously effect the healing. Simply ask your dentist for help with your specific situation. ...Read more

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The dentist said I had geographic tongue, so what is that?

Patches on tongue: Geographic tongue is a common condition thought to be caused by auto immune response. Many people have it and lead a normal life. It may become sore or irritated more easily than some tongues. I suggest you google wikipedia for more info. ...Read more

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I have tongue tie. I am getting it removed with a laser at the dentist. What can I expect?

Not much: You may have a little post op discomfort but that can be relieved by otc pan meds, the procedure itself is fairly simple. Using a laser may allow your doctor to complete the procedure without needing anesthetic. ...Read more

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White on tongue don't seem to scrape away. But ive had for years and go to dentist every 6 months. If this was leukoplakia I would've been told so right?

White on tongue don't seem to scrape away. But ive had for years and go to dentist every 6 months. If this was leukoplakia I would've been told so right?

Ask your DDS: Dentists will usually advise their patients if they see anything abnormal.
If you have a specific concern, such as leukoplakia, make sure you ask your dentist's opinion the next time you are in for a visit.
If you smoke, quit now please. ...Read more

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I have BMS for 4 yrs after seeing a dentist for a crown that had to repair, she replaced the crown with metal and since then my tongue started burning.?

I have BMS for 4 yrs after seeing a dentist for a crown that had to repair, she replaced the crown with metal and since then my tongue started burning.?

120: There are 120 meanings for the acronym BMS. Please restate and be more specific. If you are having a problem with a restoration please return to your treating Dentist for evaluation and necessary revision. ...Read more

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I bite my tongue when I sleep, I wake up cause the pain. Would I be able to get a Mouthguard? From my dentist? Why do I do this?

I bite my tongue when I sleep, I wake up cause the pain. Would I be able to get a Mouthguard? From my dentist? Why do I do this?

Then: Use (wear) protective guards during sleep, speak to your dentists will fit one, commonly used for those who grinds the teeth during sleep.. ...Read more

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Middle to back of tongue like a greenish yellow color tongue scraper does nothing why is it that color dentist said nothing to worry about?

Middle to back of tongue like a greenish yellow color tongue scraper does nothing why is it that color dentist said nothing to worry about?

Just a thought: But this may be due to REFLUX (bile plus acid) and you could suggest this possibility to your Dentist or PCP (Primary Care Provider)

Hope this is helpful!

Dr Z ...Read more

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I've had white film on top of tongue for many years but dentist has never mentioned it (i go every 6 months). Does this mean its not leukoplakia?

I've had white film on top of tongue for many years but dentist has never mentioned it (i go every 6 months). Does this mean its not leukoplakia?

White coating: Is caused by food, bacteria and dead-cells. Use a tongue scraper to clean the surface. If it's become painful or persists for longer than a few weeks, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a red patch on my tongue, resembles an island, no pain, my dentist found it today- wants to see me in 3 weeks, how worried should I be?

I have a red patch on my tongue, resembles an island, no pain, my dentist found it today- wants to see me in 3 weeks, how worried should I be?

Not very: Probably benign. Look up "Geographic Tongue." Could also be burn from hot food, trauma from, for example, biting your tongue, and lots of other reasons. Your Dentist is being prudent, having you return in 3 weeks to see if area has changed. Good for him/her. ...Read more

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Tip of tongue normal but towards the back is light green dentist said nothing serious but won't go away with tongue scraper no other symptoms?

Green tongue: Light green is not a normal color for the tongue (unless temporarily stained from green food, liquid or snack. See an Oral Surgeon if your own dentist can't give you a better explanation as to cause and what, if anything, to do. ...Read more

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Bottom left tooth is chipped & keeps digging into my tongue. Have an appointment at the dentist tomorrow what will they likely do? Nervous. Thanks.

Bottom left tooth is chipped & keeps digging into my tongue. Have an appointment at the dentist tomorrow what will they likely do? Nervous. Thanks.

Don't worry: Most often this can be restored with a traditional tooth colored filling. Sometimes a crown is required to preserve function and tooth health and prevent from cracking further. If serious chip, it may not be restorable and may require extraction. If so, consider implant treatment to restore this area. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have 2 purple-blue-ish marks on the top of my tongue, on each side, my dentist told me that its nothing to be concerned about, should I be worried?

I have 2 purple-blue-ish marks on the top of my tongue, on each side, my dentist told me that its nothing to be concerned about, should I be worried?

Do you.....: Do you trust your dentist? If you do, then you should trust his\her judgement and advice. If you don't, find another dentist whom you do. Did you ask what the marks actually were? If not, then please do as this should allay your fears. My guess would be small varicose veins at or near the surface. ...Read more

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I have weird lumps on the side of my tongue. They have been here more than two weeks. My dentist said it's nothing to worry about, I'm looking for a second opinion.

See a dentist ASAP: Lumps on the side of the tongue that last longer than 2-3 weeks without healing should be checked by a dentist or an oral pathologist. Call for appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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My dentist diagnosed me with having hyper sensitive taste buds My tongue has been very painful and irritated for months now. I'm waitng for a referal but they've been slow dragging. Do you have any advice or suggestions correcting my issue? They mention

My dentist diagnosed me with having hyper sensitive taste buds My tongue has been very painful and irritated for months now. I'm waitng for a referal but they've been slow dragging. Do you have any advice or suggestions correcting my issue? They mention

Painful Tongue: Any patient with painful tongue and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may be at risk for a serious oral condition. Therefore, a visit to oral pathologist or orofacial pain specialist is warranted. ...Read more

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Tongue problem, should I see doctor or dentist?

Tongue problem, should I see doctor or dentist?

Dentist is an expert: A dentist is a doctor of oral health. By definition "A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a health care practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity." Wikipedia. ...Read more

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How can I ease tongue pain? Dentist cut it with drill.

Multiple ways: Swish with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil several times per day. Spit the saliva and coconut mixture out in the sink.
Take an over the counter pain med such as tylenol (acetaminophen) which is good for pain, while Motrin can help with any swelling.
Typically tongue injuries heal rapidly. ...Read more

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Its been 4 days I had a tongue ulceration and now im having a very small toothache. What can I do? I don't want to go to the dentist yet. Thanks.

Its been 4 days I had a tongue ulceration and now im having a very small toothache. What can I do? I don't want to go to the dentist yet. Thanks.

Well...: You need to not procrastinate your visit. But, in the meantime, try warm salt water rinses and keep the wound clean. As for the toothache, it depends on the cause. Over the counter pain medications can be used but shouldn't be for more than a week. ...Read more

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When must I speak to a dentist about my yellow tongue?

Right away: A healthy tongue is not yellow. You should go see your dentist right away to see what the determining factored is and what the best course of action is. ...Read more

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Tongue ulcers should I see a regular doctor or my dentist?

Tongue ulcers should I see a regular doctor or my dentist?

Tongue Ulcers: Agree with dr. Press. Also, keep in mind that a persistant ulceration on the tongue, particularly in the presence of risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, may need a more extensive exam and potentially a biopsy to rule out a more concerning underlying process (ie cancer). Don't delay too long in getting an evaluation. All the best to you! Dr. P. ...Read more