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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 it likey for HIV be transfered through mucus in the human body such as snot and mouth mucus?

Is it likey for HIV be transfered through mucus in the human body such as snot and mouth mucus?

It's not happening: In the old days, kids with hemophilia would live with their families for years, getting the same respiratory infections and snot-going everywhere, and kissing their parents like all normal kids. Not one parent became infected. Stop worrying about this. Life's got enough dangers without fretting and troubling yourself and others over things that don't present real dangers. ...Read more

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My tongue swells every time i eat salty food (i.E.-french fries). Should i be concerned?

My tongue swells every time i eat salty food (i.E.-french fries). Should i be concerned?

Probably not.: Salt, spices and acids such as citrus fruits can cause the tongue to swell. As long as it is mild swelling and not making breathing a problem, you probably have nothing to worry about. You may wish to avoid too much salt so the problem won't occur often. ...Read more

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I am having oral fungus i. E on tongue and inner side of my cheeks what should I do I am having this from seven months?

I am having oral fungus i. E on tongue and inner side of my cheeks what should I do I am having this from seven months?

Dentist & physician: See an oral surgeon or an oral pathologist for a consultation. There may or may not also be medical considerations complicating matters, so you may have to see a physician as well. There are medications to treat this. ...Read more

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Sores on the tongue?

Give it two weeks...: If they are still present after two weeks please see a dentist..... ...Read more

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Why is my tongue black?

Black Tongue: Black 'hairy' tongue can be caused by lengthening of the bumps on the end of the tongue, or papillae. They are often rubbed away with eating but can become longer and get stained by food or tobacco products. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can also cause the appearance of a black tongue within 24 hours of use. ...Read more

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Rough tongue, what to do?

Rough tongue, what to do?

Check with dentist: Impossible to answer without an examination. This could be anything from an infection, a wound, swollen taste buds, a buildup of plaque, a buildup of nicotine stain, geographic tongue, cancer, or nothing serious. Have this examined by your dentist. ...Read more

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Tongue is rippled on sides?

Tongue is rippled on sides?

Don't worry: The indentations seen in scalloped tongue are called lateral crenations. For the most part they are benign. ...Read more

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What causes a black tongue?

What causes a black tongue?

Black tongue: Black tongue has been linked to poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco , alcohol, cocaine, beverages like coffee, dry mouth, radiation and medications like penicillin, erythromycin , doxycycline etc, http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/hairy-tongue/ ...Read more

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Why is my tongue not smooth?

Not supposed to be: The surface is covered with little bumps (filliform papillae) which contain taste buds. In the back are bigger bulge-y bumps (vallate papillae). A smooth tongue (bald) is an abnormal finding, a sign of (often) nutritional deficiency, e.g. Iron, folate, (folic acid) b vitamin including b12, riboflavin (b2), b6, or niacin. Other causes as well. ...Read more

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Who do to see for my tongue?

Who do to see for my tongue?

Three Choices: There are three primary doctors who can diagnose and treat conditions of the tongue: ear, nose and throat doctor, dentist, and/or oral surgeon. It's hard to know where to begin sometimes. Also, they may refer you back and forth between themselves if you have something unusual. But, you have to start somewhere, so pick the doctor who is most convenient. Generally, i would think, that's a dentist. ...Read more

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Tongue feeling dry and rough?

Tongue feeling dry and rough?

Dry mouth: You may have dry mouth. This will allow the tongue to feel dry ; rough. Check with your md to see what medication you may be taking that can intensify this condition. Also see a dentist to check if you have decreased salivary flow. ...Read more

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Dark patch on side of tongue?

Could be: Pigment or a large vein. Generally nothing to worry about however i would have my dentist check it to be on the safe side as i cannot diagnose inn this medium. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue akways white?

Why is my tongue akways white?

Plaque build up: Plaque build up on tongue and if you do not clean tongue daily with tongue cleaner then it gets thicker layer of bacteria.Or check for anemia. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue always white ?

White tongue common: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). ...Read more

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Why does my tongue hurt so bad?

Not sure: Please give more details...Any changes in color? Any lesions? Any swelling? There is a condition called burning mouth syndrome that can be quite bothersome. For a good review of this disorder please visit http://www.Nidcr.Nih.Gov/oralhealth/topics/burning/burningmouthsyndrome.Htm. ...Read more

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