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Can A Dentist Clean Your 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 (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
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
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
The dentist's assistant touched my face without putting gloves on as she looked briefly into my mouth and I do not know if the dental tools she used were clean or not. Should I get tested for hepatitis or HIV?
No Worries: You are not at risk from the situation you described. ...Read more
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
Went to dentist. Not been in years. Had laser on gums/deep scale cleaning. Mouth is throbbing. Rinsing mouth out with salt water. What else can I do?
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
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?
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
Asked my dentist and she said it was normal to have white stuff on my tongue, but I know I can have a pink tongue. What else can I do?
Tongue scraper: Try using a tongue scraper every day. ...Read more
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?
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
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?
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?
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 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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Small chip in rear molar, no pain, just a little sharp when purposely rubbing tongue on it. Should I just leave it alone or head to the dentist?
See your dentist: If a chipped tooth is sharp enough to feel on your tongue, you need to see your dentist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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