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Doctor insights on: Cheek And Tongue Biting

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Can cheek/ tongue biting at night cause daily headaches?

Can cheek/ tongue biting at night cause daily headaches?

Sure: If you are biting your cheeks at night, then your jaw is moving while not aligned properly. This can easily cause next day headaches. Ask your dentist about an oral appliance to address the problem. ...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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Is tongue/cheek/lip biting a dermatophagia or self injury?

Is tongue/cheek/lip biting a dermatophagia or self injury?

A little of both...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. In any of these cases it could be construed as both dermatophagia and self-injury in varying degrees as technically dermatophagia is self-injury even though it is classified as form of (obsessive-compulsive) disorder. Don't confuse this with accidental intra-oral bites which may be self or externally inflicted. ...Read more

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Occasionally, striking pain on tongue that lasts for a minute. Tongue biting, too.?

Occasionally, striking pain on tongue that lasts for a minute. Tongue biting, too.?

See a dentist : Please see a dentist who can actually take a medical and dental history, examine your mouth and try to determine the cause of your problems. You won't be able to get a reasonably accurate diagnose over this type of forum. There is too little information given, too many possibilites and only guesswork on our part. ...Read more

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Lately, I am experiencing tongue-biting on the right side of my tongue. The episodes only happens while I am talking. Do I need medical help?

Lately, I am experiencing tongue-biting on the right side of my tongue.  The episodes only happens while I am talking.  Do I need medical help?

Tongue Biting: Good day;
On occasion I have experienced tooth biting while talking. Possibly the tongue muscles were a bit tight- a stressful day, anxious about a previous incident and attempted to retrain my tongue to minimize contact with dentition. Sometimes the facial muscles are taut causing the check to catch amongst molar cusps. My associate has equilibrated my dendition smoothing and sharp surfaces. ...Read more

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I am a dentist ask about problem of tongue biting while speaking after bridge construction in molar area. May it due to improper closing (open bite)?

I am a dentist ask about problem of tongue biting while speaking after bridge construction in molar area. May it due to improper closing (open bite)?

Contour My Vote...: Xlnt question! if ur patient is biting tongue now and did not before, something about the new fpd is impinging. Go back and look @ ur temps if pt was comfortable in them. Maybe lab built brg in conventional occlusion and needs to be in x/bite somewhere. If u can't get perm. Contoured like temps. Get pt back into the temps to stop tongue biting, take impr'n of temps and send to lab w/ perm brg. G/l. ...Read more

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Laforte II & mandibular osteotomy 23 yrs ago. Bite evening up now - bruxism/tongue biting @night. Could braces/2nd surgery be required? Tmj too now.

Laforte II & mandibular osteotomy 23 yrs ago. Bite evening up now - bruxism/tongue biting @night. Could braces/2nd surgery be required? Tmj too now.

Unlikely.: Unlikely. Complex problem. See TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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Frequent moderate to severe tongue biting (bleeding) while eating.Some periodic trouble swallowing.Several months of bone chips from rear lingual gums?

Frequent moderate to severe tongue biting (bleeding) while eating.Some periodic trouble swallowing.Several months of bone chips from rear lingual gums?

Discuss with dentist: This is certainly a very complex question and best discussed with your dentist, a facio-maxillary oral surgeon or an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I keep biting my tongue/cheek in my sleep?

I keep biting my tongue/cheek in my sleep?

Check with dentist: Tongue, cheek biting indicates problems of occlusion, the way teeth fit together during function such as eating and swallowing. It is the swallowing where teeth of opposing arch occluded against each other and where tongue and cheek biting may occur. Treatment included occlusal adjustment (selective grinding) and/or biteguard (in extreme case). ...Read more

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How do I eat without biting my cheek, lip or tongue?

Hard to avoid: Once and a while, you are bound to bite your cheek or lip or tongue. It happens to everyone who has teeth. Only those will all their teeth missing are immune, and even they bite themselves from time to time when wearing dentures. Cut your food into small pieces, chew slowly, and avoid talking while eating. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm biting the side of my tongue/cheek in sleep?

What to do if i'm biting the side of my tongue/cheek in sleep?

Cheek biting: If there is a change in the moisture in the mouth the cheek can stick to the teeth and be pulled into the chewing surfaces. Also have you been evaluated for sleep apnea or night time grinding of your teeth (bruxism).

You may be sucking the cheek(s) into the teeth at night or grinding side to side and catching the cheek between your teeth.
Avoid alcohol containing mouth rinses before bed. ...Read more

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I am biting the inside of my cheek and tongue after wisdom and last molar were removed. why? I am worried because I need the same on the other side.

I am biting the inside of my cheek and tongue after wisdom and last molar were removed. why? I am worried because I need the same on the other side.

Biting Cheek: Your tongue and cheek tend to expand into empty spaces. In this case, they are now occupying where your extracted teeth used to be. Have a conversation with your dental professional about your options on replacing missing teeth. Also, removal of upper wisdom teeth may be helpful. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Cheek biting effect inside of mouth?

Scarring: Chronic cheek biting will lead to a callous or scar effect on the cheek. It may feel like a little soft lump and may have a whitish discoloration. It has no permanent dysfunction that I am aware of. ...Read more

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What should I do with the sores in my mouth from biting my cheek?

What should I do with the sores in my mouth from biting my cheek?

Find out why : The sores will probably heal and go away when you quit biting your cheek. See a dentist to determine why you are biting your cheek. It could be due to stress, your teeth not fitting together properly, or in rare cases due to a nerve problem. Until you can see a dentist, rinse with warm salt water or peroxyl mouthrinse. ...Read more

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Can' hardly open and close my mouth without biting my left cheek. it's become so often that i now have a line/bulge on my cheek from all the biting.

Can' hardly open and close my mouth without biting my left cheek. it's become so often that i now have a line/bulge on my cheek from all the biting.

Something's wrong: That your cheek is so swollen inside. You could have an infected/ enlarged gland or just swelling from the inflammation from all the bites. Someone needs to check your cheek for a cause and make sure that your jaw alignment is OK. You can start with a clinic for this but may need a dentist/oral surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I have a wound in my mouth from biting my cheek, should I put salt on it?

If I have a wound in my mouth from biting my cheek, should I put salt on it?

Warm salt water: Is usually the best solution not direct salt application ...Read more

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My mouth was numb i ended up biting the inside of my cheek and now a bit of flesh is hanging off of it. How long till it heals? How to ease the pain?

My mouth was numb i ended up biting the inside of my cheek and now a bit of flesh is hanging off of it. How long till it heals?  How to ease the pain?

Healing: The mucosa of the mouth heals itself very well , but you also have to stop causing the irritation. For the pain you can take ibuprophen or Acetaminophen or even use ora gel to numb it. It will usually remodel itself aver a short time a week or more. If the flap is very big you may want to see your dentist. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get mouth cancer from biting skin off the inside of my cheek?

Please tell me, could i get mouth cancer from biting skin off the inside of my cheek?

Cheek biting: Remote if at all possible. Try to stop anyway. See your dentist for a routine soft tissues head and neck exam every six months. ...Read more

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I have little red dots on the inside of my cheek from biting it hard. Do they count as legions? Is it safe to open mouth kiss someone i just met?

I have little red dots on the inside of my cheek from biting it hard. Do they count as legions? Is it safe to open mouth kiss someone i just met?

LIttle red dots?: If the 'little red dots' are only the result of cheek biting, they are not contagious to others. Actually you might be more prone to infection from other individuals. There is no way for us (or you) to know if you or another individual are 'safe' from other conditions. Life is full of dangers. Choose wisely. ...Read more

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I have a perpetual cheek-biting habit. I can feel the scars from it. Also, i'm working on quitting snus use. Will the mouth tissue repair itself?

I have a perpetual cheek-biting habit.  I can feel the scars from it.  Also, i'm working on quitting snus use.  Will the mouth tissue repair itself?

Yes it well : Heal evantually , as long as you quit both biting and snuf use,
if biting your cheeks accompanied by teeth grinding, then night gaurds may be needed ...Read more

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I am having a mouth problem and i want you to help me. I am biting my lip, my cheek, my tonge. Do i need a spacer or something because it really hurt?

Help is near you: At your local dentist. Call your local dentist who can examine your bite and see if a little recontouring solves your problem. ...Read more

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My gums are receeding, I have trauma, front tooth grinding, my molars are shifting inwards, I have clenching and grindingteeth, soreness in mouth area, biting cheek, and trouble chewing. What should I do?

My gums are receeding, I have trauma, front tooth grinding, my molars are shifting inwards, I have clenching and grindingteeth, soreness in mouth area, biting cheek, and trouble chewing. What should I do?

Major problems: The health of the TMJ can affect one's entire health and immune system. The teeth, muscles and the jaw joints function as a triad to insure proper chewing, speaking, and other movements that we take for granted, when you have chronic TMJ dysfunction (tmd) the symptoms can develop into headaches, facial and ear pain, and facial discomfort. You may need meds, pt or mouthpiece or all. ...Read more

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My tongue seems to be swollen. And I keep biting my cheeks and now the back of my cheeks hurt. This came on quite suddenly, what should do?

Swollen tongue: It's impossible to make an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment without a clinical examination and additional information.
See your dentist or an oral surgeon, especially if the symptoms last longer than 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Why i'm not able to open mouth wide? I'm biting on my inner cheeks when sleeping.

Trismus: You may have muscle trismus, which can afflict people who grind, clench, and had their mouths opened wide for a while during extensive dental treatment. Consult with your dentist as to your therapy options. ...Read more

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Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars

Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars

No.: Mouth cancer is caused most by alcohol and tobacco use, including smoking and chewing/smokeless tobacco. This usually presents by 50 years of age, and in the form of non-healing ulcers that can be painful. Teenagers might get it if they are particularly susceptable and do a lot of smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco. Biting your cheeks should be discouraged, but it does not do this. ...Read more

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I have a cluster of white spots on the roof of my mouth. I also have a bad habit of biting my cheeks. Could this be leukoplakia? Or something else?

I have a cluster of white spots on the roof of my mouth. I also have a bad habit of biting my cheeks. Could this be leukoplakia? Or something else?

Could Be: Leukoplakia is the mouth's reaction to chronic irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth. You should have it looked at - may even need a biopsy. Can also be oral thrush. ...Read more

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Iv known canker sores as sores in ur mouth from biting cheeks and 2 much citrus stuff. Now my dental hygienist says they r a contagious sore. CONFUSED?

Iv known canker sores as sores in ur mouth from biting cheeks and 2 much citrus stuff. Now my dental hygienist says they r a contagious sore. CONFUSED?

Not contagious: Canker sores are not pleasant and can be painful and uncomfortable, they are not contagious. Do not confuse with a cold sore, which is normally on the outside of the mouth and usually are highly contagious. ...Read more

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Why do I keep biting my cheek accidentally?

Mouth guard: Otc mouthguard cost $20 will help this issue - orally take vit b2. To heel quicker. ...Read more

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I keep biting my cheek accidentally, why won't it stop?

I keep biting my cheek accidentally, why won't it stop?

Mouth guard: Otc mouthguard cost $20 will help this issue - orally take vit b2. To heel quicker. ...Read more