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Can I use betadine throat gargle to rinse my around my mouth for herpangina?

Can I use betadine throat gargle to rinse my around my mouth for herpangina?

Yes, but won't help: Herpangina is a viral infection (coxsackie) resulting in painful oral ulcerations. The infection is contagious and resolves in 7-10 days. There is no effective treatment other than constitutional support: fluids, analgesics such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, and rest. Betadine rinse would prevent secondary infection, but also would be irritating, exacerbating the condition and not killing the virus. ...Read more

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Why do I get white spots on my gums after rinsing my mouth with hydrogen peroxide?

Why do I get white spots on my gums after rinsing my mouth with hydrogen peroxide?

Tissue damage: Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer. The bubbling that you see is form the breakdown into oxygen and water. This can kill bacteria in your mouth but it can also kill normal cells. The white spots that you see in your mouth is tissue damage. Do not rinse with full strength hydrogen peroxide. It can hurt more than it helps. There are better ways to lighten teeth. See a dentist. ...Read more

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What can I do at home for red and sore gum? Salt mouth wash, garlic ect?

What can I do at home for red and sore gum? Salt mouth wash, garlic ect?

Message gums: You may have a form of gum disease. If it is not to severe you may be able to control it with brushing and flossing.. Other wise you will need help from a dentist to prevent tooth loss or more expensive treatment. ...Read more

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What causes my teeth to hurt when i rinse my mouth with crest whitening mouth wash?

What causes  my teeth to hurt when i rinse my mouth with crest whitening mouth wash?

Temporary sensitivit: Most bleaching agents will remove oxygen in the tooth, this is not hurting the tooth only your sensitivity which will only be temporary. Just try to rinse with tepid water to keep the sensitivity down. Or use a sensitivity tooth paste every other time which may diminish the sensitivity. Bottom line is you are not hurting your teeth and the rinse is working, . ...Read more

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I sometimes notice white patch on my teeth.Few of my teeth looks semitransparent too sumtym.Why?Suggest any home remedy to whiten my teeth.

I sometimes notice white patch on my teeth.Few of my teeth looks semitransparent too sumtym.Why?Suggest any home remedy to whiten my teeth.

Plaque: White patches on teeth could be plaque if removable some teeth get white patches when then form and depending on how deep they go they might not be bleachable. Home whitening does not work well you need dental bleaching systems which work great. You can try brushing with baking soda to remove stains. ...Read more

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Can over using flouride be bad for your teeth? Can teeth become chalky looking, like white specs of enamel flaking off.

Can over using flouride be bad for your teeth? Can teeth become chalky looking, like white specs of enamel flaking off.

Yes - excessive: Use of Fluoride can result in fluorosis in the developing dentition. Advanced fluorosis in the permanent dentition has an appearance of enamel mottling and pitting with brown yellow stains. Use of daily Fluoride in a toothpaste or Fluoride treatment at your dentists office is not overusing fluoride. Best to consult with your dentist for an evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Mouth kind of stinks, besides brushing my teeth, can I also brush my tongue?

Mouth kind of stinks, besides brushing my teeth, can I also brush my tongue?

Absolutely: Odor sources: gut, plaque (germs), pus (infection), cavities (rotting tooth). See your dentist to find the reason for yours. Until then: avoid foods that cause it (garlic, onions, certain spices); floss and brush your teeth (every night); use listerine (essential oils help), and cut out the extra sugars. Many odors come from the tongue, so consider using a tongue scraper to help clean the tongue. ...Read more

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Severe sore throat pain,sore tongue. Tiny red spots throughout the mouth. Mainly inside on cheeks. Dr said bad sinus?Could be the methotrexate I take?

Severe sore throat pain,sore tongue. Tiny red spots throughout the mouth. Mainly inside on cheeks. Dr said bad sinus?Could be the methotrexate I take?

Mucositis?: These don't sound like symptoms of sinusitis, and I think you are on the right track. This sounds like oral mucositis (medicalese for inflammation of mucous membranes), which is a well known side effect of many chemotherapeutic drugs, including methotrexate. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23601229 ...Read more

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Red, sore throat with white spots after ear and nose draining (got water in my ear). Runny nose off and on. Had some tonsil stones. Should I see doc?

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Red, sore throat with white spots after ear and nose draining (got water in my ear). Runny nose off and on. Had some tonsil stones. Should I see doc?

Yes: Get checked out given the number of disease conditions you have. Undigested food particles point to an malabsorption problem which requires further investigation as well. ...Read more

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Spit test is positive for thrush I have white/yellowish tongue lesions inside lips, white patches on cheeks can the test work for a different infectio?

Spit test is positive for thrush I have white/yellowish tongue lesions inside lips, white patches on cheeks can the test work for a different infectio?

If your doc says: You have thrush please follow what he/she says. White patches in throat and on tongue are an indicator of thrush. If it doesn't clear you can get tested for other things. Probiotics can help. A nutritionist or natural doc can guide you. ...Read more

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Both inside cheeks white and rough dentist said frictional keratosis how do I get rid of these awfull white patches.

Both inside cheeks white and rough dentist said frictional keratosis how do I get rid of these awfull white patches.

Linea alba: The white line that forms at the level where the teeth occlude is often times present in overweight patients. Some profs in dental school told us to tell the patient to lose 10 lbs! ...Read more

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Why do I get some thick saliva or mucus in my mouth and throat after brushing my teeth?

Allergy?: Possible allergy to one or more ingredients in toothpaste. Try an all-natural version from the health-food store. ...Read more

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Can thrush leave white spots on back of your throat like strep throat?

Can thrush leave white spots on back of your throat like strep throat?

Maybe: mainly the white spots are on the inside of the cheeks, but can be on the throat too, strep throat is different in that the spots are round and smaller, thrush is rather flakes, besides the soreness with strep throat ...Read more