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Chewing Gum (Definition)

Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more


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I recently performed oral and two days later and I have gum boils and a sore throat. I'm hoping it's just a cold?

I recently performed oral and two days later and I have gum boils and a sore throat. I'm hoping it's just a cold?

Get checked: In the absence of any other cold symptoms such as cough, congestion, runny nose, sneezing, headache, fever, etc., I would be very concerned about std, which you absolutely can get in your mouth after oral sex. You should get tested, and use a dental dam or other barrier in the future. ...Read more

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Sore throat and swollen gums?

Sore throat and swollen gums?

Viral: Possibly viral infection given the season. Allergy is another consideration. If you have other symptoms, please relay those. ...Read more

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Is there an STD that causes a sore throat and gum pain?

Is there an STD that causes a sore throat and gum pain?

Yep: Syphillis is one std that causes sores. They are called chancres. They can be located anywhere in the mouth. Go see a doctor and a round of antibiotics could clear up the whole problem. Just don't have any physical contact with anyone until you are cleared. Not a nice "gift" to give to others. ...Read more

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Hole in back of gum and sore throat?

Hole in back of gum and sore throat?

Sore throat: A hole in the gum is suggestive of a primary problem with the teeth. I could represent a cavity of the tooth with erosion of bone and early abscess formation. It could be from a tooth socket that is communicating with the sinuses. Either way, you really need to see a dentist and possibly and ENT if there is involvement of the upper or lower jaw bone and possibly sinuses if in the upper jaw. ...Read more

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Can a sore throat start a gum infection?

Can a sore throat start a gum infection?

The other way around: Gum disease is usually caused by bacterial or viral infection. At one point it could spread down to the throat causing what we call strep throat or sore throat ...Read more

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I have neck glands, sores/swelling on gums, headache, sore throat what could this be?

See your doctor: You may have strep throat which can involve the mouth
please get it diagnosed and properly treated. ...Read more

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Swollen sore throat, migranes, swollen gums and a high fever? What causes this?

Swollen sore throat, migranes, swollen gums and a high fever? What causes this?

Viral infection: These symptoms may be caused by an oral herpetic infection. It is best to see your dentist or physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a white spot on gum above tooth no redness or pain and I also have a sore throat. What could it be?

I have a white spot on gum above tooth no redness or pain and I also have a sore throat. What could it be?

See below: Could be totally unrelated, see your dentist for a definitive diagnosis, if not dentally related will be referred to your MD. ...Read more

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Sometime I find blood in my phlegm, I'm sure it's not from my gums. I don't cough or have sore throat, I don't smoke either. Should I be worry?

Sometime I find blood in my phlegm, I'm sure it's not from my gums. I don't cough or have sore throat, I don't smoke either. Should I be worry?

Yes: Bleeding is one of your body's ways of telling you that there's a serious problem. Have you seen a Periodontist, a gum specialist, to rule out gum disease? If do you need to see a Pulmonologist and an ENT. Please do not delay. ...Read more

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I have sore throat on one side, and sore gum and cheek on the same side. My mouth has also been sore all over. Also seem to have clear dots on tongue.

I have sore throat on one side, and sore gum and cheek on the same side. My mouth has also been sore all over. Also seem to have clear dots on tongue.

Probably viral: This is probably a viral infection. When a virus infects it can invade multiple types of muscosal cells...gingiva, esophageal, tonsillar etc. Don't panic too much about the dots you see...the tongue is very vascular, colonized with every bacteria and fungus and has odd type cells if you look close enough. When it gets inflamed it can take quite abnormal and serious. Rest, fluids and time now. ...Read more

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My right lower gum is in pain and both of my inside cheeks are swollen, and I have a sore throat and runny nose.

See dentist then MD: If your gums are in pain, you may want to see a dentist first to evaluate your teeth for a source of infection.
It's unusual for strep to cause sore throat and runny nose and gum pain, so a likely cause for this is a viral syndrome. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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5 yr old complaining since 10/28 of all over pain had sore throat no fever and little diahrea. Has a gum abcess dr thinks amoxcillan reaction help?

5 yr old complaining since 10/28 of all over pain had sore throat no fever and little diahrea. Has a gum abcess dr thinks amoxcillan reaction help?

Pain: Pain may be due to a viral illness. Have him take warm baths and Ibuprofen for pain relief. The gum abscess may or may not be part of his illness. Also make sure he doesn't have dental caries. ...Read more

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I've been having high fever, sore throat and now have canker sores and sensitive gums. Any guidance?

I've been having high fever, sore throat and now have canker sores and sensitive gums. Any guidance?

Herpangina: You have either herpangina or acute leukemia. It's probably not the latter but a low neutrophil count that occurs in certain immune system cancers like leukemia can present with the kinds of symptoms that you are describing. Don't panic. Things often sound worse in their description than they are on inspection. You do need to see your physician for a complete history & physical examination. ...Read more

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Nose stings inside, a little stuffy, sore throat, headache and under my nose and my top gums feel numb in some areas. Why?

Nose stings inside, a little stuffy, sore throat, headache and under my nose and my top gums feel numb in some areas. Why?

Sinusitis: The inflammation in your sinuses may be putting pressure on nerves that pass through the area that innervate the affected tissues. If the numbness started with your cold, it should pass as you get better. All the best... ...Read more

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My gum is inflamed, swollen & hurts around my bottom right wisdom tooth that's half cut through. I'm getting earache and sore throat. Is it infected?

My gum is inflamed, swollen & hurts around my bottom right wisdom tooth that's half cut through. I'm getting earache and sore throat. Is it infected?

Pericorinitis: Contact your dentist for a definitive diagnosis, but it appears to be pericorinitis.
An antibiotic may be needed or an extraction may be warranted. ...Read more

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I've just been sick with the flu/high temp/ sore throat. Now my mouth has swollown gums and painful white spots. What are those?

I've just been sick with the flu/high temp/ sore throat. Now my mouth has swollown gums and painful white spots. What are those?

Herpetic primary gin: Your first outbreak of a herpes infection manifests these symptoms.
Primary herpetic gingeva stomatitis has all these classical symptoms. An anti viral med could help but most symptoms take 10 - 14 days to disappear.
Feel better! ...Read more

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I wouldn't say my gum is swollen, but there's suddenly tartar built up around my teeth and bleeds when I brush, hurt when eating. Sore throat as well.

I wouldn't say my gum is swollen, but there's suddenly tartar built up around my teeth and bleeds when I brush, hurt when eating. Sore throat as well.

Poor hygiene: As a young person you have poor oral hygiene -that's why your gums bleed and tartar is present. See a dentist for a check up and have your teeth cleaned and learn good oral hygiene instructions. If not you will develop periodontal disease. ...Read more

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What causes canker sores & sore throat? I have canker sores on my gums, under tongue & sore throat after eating spicy pork rinds, cherries, garlic nuts.

What causes canker sores & sore throat? I have canker sores on my gums, under tongue & sore throat after eating spicy pork rinds, cherries, garlic nuts.

Unknown: Canker sores or apthous ulcers are most often attributed to an autoimmune reaction of the mucosa. The causative agents can vary among persons and there is no known cure. The best thing you can do is take note of the foods/drinks that cause this for you and avoid them if you can. If you get them bad enough a topical steroid intra-oral med can be applied to them to minimize the outbreak. ...Read more

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Toothache & gum aches for 1wk then headache, feeling cold & weak, eyes are heavy, sore throat and wanted to sleep. Can I drink analgesic-antipyretic?

Toothache & gum aches for 1wk then headache, feeling cold & weak, eyes are heavy, sore throat and wanted to sleep. Can I drink analgesic-antipyretic?

Yes but...: Analgesic/antipyretics include acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin and other anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. They will likely help you feel better. Sounds like you may have a virus, but if you haven't started improving after a week, you should probably see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had a sore throat with white spots and also sores on my gums. Couldn't eat solid foods for week bc of pain. Blood work ruled out STDs and not strep?

I had a sore throat with white spots and also sores on my gums. Couldn't eat solid foods for week bc of pain. Blood work ruled out STDs and not strep?

Thrush: A sore throat with white spots and sores on your gums sounds like thrush. Blood tests can rule out some but not all STDs. A specific test is necessary to rulr out chlamydia and gonorrhea. The other possibility is a viral infection. You need to discuss these possibilities with the person who you have been seeing to know which is going on in your case. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Pain in right jaw/gum with severe sore throat, painful swallowing, stomach discomfort.?

Pain in right jaw/gum with severe sore throat, painful swallowing, stomach discomfort.?

Doctor can check: Sore throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If throat symptoms only last 1-2 days, it is more likely allergies or irritation. Doctors have 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics "right away". Strep throat treatment is often with amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

Massive outbreak of cold sores on top lip and nostril. Sore tongue, sore gums and sore throat?

First episode?: This sounds like primary herpes simplex gingivostomatitis. Untreated it may last 3 weeks but Acyclovir (zovirax) or valayclovir (valtrex) should lessen it substantially. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more