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Mouth Not Closing Properly
I have permanent extremely inflamed inferior turbinates (due an operation), does this explain why my eating (closed-mouthed) has become so loud?
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
For some weeks I've been experiencing a sensation of the heartbeat pushing air into my mouth (when my mouth is closed).
Normaly not : In normal anatomical and physiological condition it is not supposed to touch the base of our tongue. Enlargement or swelling of the uvula is known as uvulitis, which can be caused by several factors: dehydration, infections, allergies, obstructive sleep apnea, etc. Uvulitis is not a serious medical condition, and most of the time it can be treated at home. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your dentist: Visit the dentist to confirm that healing is progressing normally. ...Read more
What causes smacking food when chewing with my mouth closed? I take small bites. I don't think my jaw is aligned correctly. This is embarrassing.
See your dentist: If you are really concerned about your jaw and/or occlusion(bite), your dentist can readily address this issue. ...Read more
I just had a date tell me that she has herpes 1 & 2. We only had two brief closed mouth kisses, before i said good-bye.
No lesions. Could i be infected?
Herpes 1 and 2: The simple answer is that it is not likely that you have a new infection in this scenario. But, you should know your herpes status. 75% of americans have type one and 25% of americans have type two. All information that we know about herpes has changed in the last five years. Please get the blood test so you do not have to worry about this or so you can learn what to do if you have this infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might be positional: Sleeping on your back can maintain open mouth, but on your side or stomach less gravity effect (and perhaps less snoring!) there are dental splints which might make a huge impact, and some dentists speicialize in area. ...Read more
When our mouth is closed from uvula till epiglottis does our upper palate touches the lower palate or any skin of upper palate touches the lower palat?
Varies: Since people have sometimes quite variable anatomy, an index called the Mallampati score helps quantify pharygeal space. A rating of class III or IV is predictive of difficulty being intubated as well as tendency for sleep apnea. The lower classes probably will not contribute as much to airway occlusion but the higher classes suggest vigilance for issues relating to the airway being blocked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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