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There is a cut on the right side of my mouth from me trying to get food from between my braces how do I get it to heal?

There is a cut on the right side of my mouth from me trying to get food from between my braces how do I get it to heal?

Gum "cut": Keep area spotlessly clean. Brush gently 2x/day. Floss or WaterPik daily. 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water used 3x/day as a rinse will help healing. Dab on w Q-tip the OTC Benzocaine in Orabase 3x/day. Report your problem to your treating Dentist or Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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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 have pain in my jaw joint on the left side everytime I open my mouth wide, yawn, or chew food. It hurts very bad and what do I do?

I have pain in my jaw joint on the left side everytime I open my mouth wide, yawn, or chew food. It hurts very bad and what do I do?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, tight facial muscles, clicking and popping, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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I have holes on both sides of the back of my mouth throat near the tonsils... I get food stuck in the holes. Can I bleed to death from these? I wonder

I have holes on both sides of the back of my mouth throat near the tonsils... I get food stuck in the holes. Can I bleed to death from these? I wonder

Cryptic Tonsils: The holes are really crypts and they can periodically fill up with food and other debris. This can cause bad breath and inflammation. The only definitive treatment is excision of tonsils. You will not bleed to death from these. The extensive blood supply is much deeper to theses. ...Read more

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Left side of Jaw snaps. Had this since '08. I think it's TMJ. Can it get worse in time as in where my mouth can't open??

Left side of Jaw snaps. Had this since '08. I think it's TMJ. Can it get worse in time as in where my mouth can't open??

Yes: Yes, this is a TMJ disorder. And it can get worse to where you can't open wide. Called a closed lock. See an oral surgeon to help treat the problem. ...Read more

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I have been unable to open my mouth past 25% for over a week. Left side of jaw is locked is there any way to get it unlocked? Starting to freak out

I have been unable to open my mouth past 25% for over a week. Left side of jaw is locked is there any way to get it unlocked? Starting to freak out

Freak OUT!: This is definitely a cause for concern. This could be a simple as severe tmj. If you are having pain in the jaw region. Near the ear. It could be that. However, as a specialist, my first concern would be to make sure there is not a mass that is irritating the muscles that open the jaw or are just preventing the jaw from opening. You need to be seen by a local ENT asap! ...Read more

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Fell of chair Couldn't get words out, son said side of face drooping, couldn't move left arm, for days later slavering out side of mouth, what wrong help?

Fell of chair Couldn't get words out, son said side of face drooping, couldn't move left arm, for days later slavering out side of mouth, what wrong help?

Likely had a stroke: It would be wise to have this evaluated. You likely had a stroke, and to minimize the long term effects you should seek out an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My cheek is abit chubby on the side of my mouth. Its right on the Depressor anguli oris and the right side is thicker than left. How to get rid of it?

My cheek is abit chubby on the side of my mouth. Its right on the Depressor anguli oris and the right side is thicker than left. How to get rid of it?

Be examined: By a plastic surgeon. It could be asymmetric muscle hypertrophy secondary to a particular habitual animation, or minor lipodystrophy. Less likely are mucous cyst or other lesions. The treatment is unlikely to be very complicated. Are you an engineer by any chance? ...Read more

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When I go to bed my toothache feels like my whole left side of my mouth has been punched but when I get up its fine. Why does this happen?

When I go to bed my toothache feels like my whole left side of my mouth has been punched but when I get up its fine. Why does this happen?

Sinus infection: Go to your dentist and find out if you have a tooth abscess or a sinus infection. When you lay down the displacement in space of your sinuses can cause discomfort. ...Read more

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Why is it that when I go to bed my toothache is just terrible? It feels like the whole left side of my mouth has been punched, but when I get up it's fine.

Why is it that when I go to bed my toothache is just terrible? It feels like the whole left side of my mouth has been punched, but when I get up it's fine.

See a dentist ASAP: Regardless, the tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. You can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID for pain control. See a dentist ASAP for assessment and treatment. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Pain in the left side bottomcorner of mouth between the inside of cheek and gums. What can I do to get rid of the pain?

Pain in the left side bottomcorner of mouth between the inside of cheek and gums. What can I do to get rid of the pain?

Canker Sore: Is the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned, see your dentist. ...Read more

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My jaw pops on left side when I open my mouth about halfway open. Sometimes it seems to get stuck there for a moment. Painful. Causes and treatments?

My jaw pops on left side when I open my mouth about halfway open. Sometimes it seems to get stuck there for a moment. Painful. Causes and treatments?

TMJ: It sounds like you have tmj, or a temporomandibular joint disorder. That popping sound indicates that the articular cartilage disk is being displaced anteriorly when you open your mouth. Most patients respond to conservative measures, including nsaids and jaw-opening exercises. You need to identify and reduce provocative factors, such as teeth grinding. You should see your doc for more details. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I open my mouth wide I hear a grinding noise on the left. Also I get bad headaches/neck pain on the left side randomly. Is this tmj?

Sometimes when I open my mouth wide I hear a grinding noise on the left. Also I get bad headaches/neck pain on the left side randomly. Is this tmj?

YES: Yes these are each parts of TMJ dysfunction or tmd. You need to see a TMJ dentist or a dentist with a lot experience in treating bites. This can get worse. You can have the headaches greatly increase as well. This is the single most painful problem I see in my office. Go now. ...Read more

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Why is my inner side of the mouth is sore to touch and I feel slight pain the left side of the ear. The pain in the ear get's worse if I tune in songs?

Why is my inner side of the mouth is sore to touch and I feel slight pain the left side of the ear. The pain in the ear get's worse if I tune in songs?

Examination needed: See a dentist to evaluate your oral symptoms and a physician or ENT specialist to evaluate whether or not your ear pain is related to a dental issue. ...Read more

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Always tired now. Dry mouth nose. Dull pain and fullness on my center and left side chest. Like something surrounding heart beat being weaker. What can be? I'm going nuts? I got X-ray ekg ft scan blood work. I get lightheaded slow beat then panic.

Always tired now. Dry mouth nose. Dull pain and fullness on my center and left side chest. Like something surrounding heart beat being weaker. What can be? I'm going nuts? I got X-ray ekg ft scan blood work. I get lightheaded slow beat then panic.

Chest symptoms: The symptoms you describe do not necessarily indicate a particular diagnosis. Central left chest pain can be a symptom of serious conditions and it is always better to be safe than to ignore it. You don't want to miss a cardiac problem. Consider seeing an internist or cardiologist, or an Inbox Consult on HealthTap. These little text boxes are too small for a detailed review of your history. ...Read more

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When I chew food my right and left front side of head tenses up and feels swollen causing me to stop eating. Why?

When I chew food my right and left front side of head tenses up and feels swollen causing me to stop eating. Why?

TMD: The front and side of a head can be right in from of the ears. If that is where you are indicating this is an extreme example of Jaw point pain due to chewing with a bad bite. I ce will release your tight muscles (trimus) but the treatment is dental equilibration-- fixing the way your teeth meet for chewing. ...Read more

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If I consume caffeine beverages, chocolate, or sugary foods I get a burning sensation in the base of my head on the right side, what is going on?

If I consume caffeine beverages, chocolate, or sugary foods I get a burning sensation in the base of my head on the right side, what is going on?

Reflux?: You may be having reflux with certain foods and symptoms might be related to an ulcer in that location. Avoid the trigger foods for a few weeks and see. You may need an upper endoscopy ...Read more

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I feel slight pain in my left side of the tongue when I intake food or water what could be the reason?

Several reasons: See you dentist and have him/her examine your mouth to make a diagnosis. Don't put it off especially if you smoke. ...Read more

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Small gap btw my teeth where food gets stuck. Always floss to clear it out. Problem is, that area hurts bad after I floss. Chewing also creates pain in that area so I end up chewing with the left side?

Small gap btw my teeth where food gets stuck. Always floss to clear it out. Problem is, that area hurts bad after I floss. Chewing also creates pain in that area so I end up chewing with the left side?

Dental visit: Spacing between teeth in the chewing area can result in food impaction and gum irritation. Visit a dentist to see if part of the tooth is missing or if a filling could be placed to close the space. ...Read more

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I have periodontitis. Everytime I eat, the food gets collected like a lump beneath the teeth, on the left side. It happens only on the left side. Is it dangerous?

I have periodontitis. Everytime I eat, the food gets collected like a lump beneath the teeth, on the left side. It happens only on the left side. Is it dangerous?

Cure is difficult: Control is really what you want and need to do.

Your dentist should evaluate and determine the best course of action.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that, for best results, needs to be controlled on a daily basis.

I have successfully used perioprotect (non-surgical periodontal therapy) for mild to moderate periodontal treatment.

For information: http://perioprotect. Com. ...Read more

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Will I have to eat foods only on my right side for 3 months when 2 lower left back teeth are first bone grafted prior to dental implants?

Will I have to eat foods only on my right side for 3 months when 2 lower left back teeth are first bone grafted prior to dental implants?

For the most part!: A major key to success in a bone grafting procedure is to leave the area undisturbed during the initial phase of healing when the blood supply to the graft is developing. As the graft becomes more integrated with your body, you'll be able to function more in that area. Be sure to follow your doctor's instruction exactly for eating and for hygiene. ...Read more

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My uvula is crooked, is that an issue? Swallowing is a bit painful especially when I swallow food. Usually swallowing my own saliva isn't an issue. I also have a little bit of a bump under my neck around my jawline on the left side, which is on the opposi

Hello.: Hello. I don't know how severe your swelling is. If you have progressive worsening of your sore throat and the pain and swelling is worse on one side than the other, there may be concern for a peritonsilar abcess on one side. In that situation there would be deviation of your uvula to the opposite (contralateral) side as well as swelling in the area. The tonsil is likely to be enlarged & beefy red with white purulent drainage. It sounds like you also have swollen lymph nodes. The problem with a peritonsillar abcess is that the infection can become deep and sometimes your airway can occlude. A peritonsilar abcess is a true emergency. If any of this sounds like you, I would recommend that you be evaluated at an er right away. You should not drive yourself. ...Read more

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So I have an issue. Some of the back teeth in my lower jaw on the left side hurts if I chew down on food or if I brush my tongue on it. It happens for a day, stops for a few weeks, then picks back up. It's not a sharp pain, more like a dull pinching pain.

So I have an issue. Some of the back teeth in my lower jaw on the left side hurts if I chew down on food or if I brush my tongue on it. It happens for a day, stops for a few weeks, then picks back up. It's not a sharp pain, more like a dull pinching pain.

Probably: Probably infected tooth/abscess. Could also be gum infection, fracture, broken filling, grinding or clenching, etc. Please see your Dentist before your chronic problem becomes acute/difficult/expensive. Don't wait for a tooth to blow, in the middle of the night, on a long holiday weekend. Call now. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a parasite? I have mult. Sudden food allergies, low pain pain, teeth grinding, migraines, nausea, & numbness on left side

Is it possible that I have a parasite? I have mult. Sudden food allergies, low pain pain, teeth grinding, migraines, nausea, & numbness on left side

Anything's possible.: Milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts ; peanuts cause 90 % of food allergic reactions. Up to 15 million americans suffer from food allergies ; need to avoid not only certain foods but any ingredient that contains proteins derived from them. In some cases, anaphylaxis can result. To blame your multiple, possibly unrelated, symptoms on a parasite seems unlikely however. ...Read more

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How long after teeth extraction/bone graft on left and implant on right side can you safely eat more than liquid or soft food.?

How long after teeth extraction/bone graft on left and implant on right side can you safely eat more than liquid or soft food.?

It depends: The best thing to do is to wait for the tissue to completely close over the wound to be sure the area is sealed. You can check on this yourself. Depending on the difficulty of the extraction and your body's healing this can take a few days or over a week. The wound closure is the most important factor. If bone particles were used, they can shift even after the tissue is closed. Be careful! ...Read more

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I get contractions on the left side of my head. Why?

I get contractions on the left side of my head. Why?

Migranes?: Unilateral headaches are frequently migranes. Without more information, however, it is impossible to know. ...Read more

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Why do I get dizzy when I lay on the left side of my head?

Why do I get dizzy when I lay on the left side of my head?

A few thots: Maybe a local inner ear issue on the left, or perhaps, arterial compression in neck due to position, or even intracranial issues such as colloid cyst presentation. In some cases, a videonystagmogram will provide localization and therapeutic directions. If inner ear, an epley maneuver may work wonders. ...Read more

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