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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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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?

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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What to do about my cut tongue?

What to do about my cut tongue?

Nothing: A cut tongue will heal quickly. The tongue because of its excellent blood supply will heal very well so there is little to worry about. ...Read more

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Baby is 14 months tongue white?

Baby is 14 months tongue white?

See a pediatrician: Thrush is the most common "white tongue" condition in babies under six months of age. See your pediatrician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How far I can scrape my tongue?

Dictated by comfort: Your can use your tongue scraper as far back as you are comfortable and don't cause yourself to gag. Mucous can collect from post nasal drip and cause halitosis or bad breath. Removing that mucous will decrease morning breath. ...Read more

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Tongue has dryness and no taste?

Tongue has dryness and no taste?

Dry mouth?: You don't say whether you're taking medications, but medication side effects would be a very common cause of dry mouth. Dehydration would rate highly also. There are other possible causes that your doctor can consider and help you with, if you visit him or her. In the meantime, make sure you drink at least 8, 8oz glasses of fresh water every day. Hoping that will help. ...Read more

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Is the base of the tongue rough?

Yes: The tongue has taste buds or papillae that are used to sense sweet, sour, salt bitter and umami. The ones in the back or base of the tongue are called circumvallate or vallate papillae and are responsible for bitter. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under tongue?

What can cause pain under tongue?

Many possibilities: Including trauma and infection. If it has persisted more than a few days get it looked at by a dentist. If it is brand new, see if it settles down fairly soon but if it lasts for 2 weeks, you really need to get it evaluated professionally. ...Read more

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What do marks on the tongue mean?

What do marks on the tongue mean?

Need photo and exam: Without a photograph or exam, your description is inadequate to determine what's happening on your tongue. Please be more descriptive and provide a photograph or seek examination from your dentist. ...Read more

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What causes sores on the tongue?

What causes sores on the tongue?

Lots of things: See your general dentist or an oral surgeon when you have these sores present for a definitive diagnosis. The diagnosis will determine the cause, if known (for some types of sores, the cause is not well understood). ...Read more

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White. Stuff. On. Back. Of tongue.

White. Stuff. On. Back. Of tongue.

Coated tongue: Many people develop a coating on their tongue which can be easily removed by using a tongue scraper daily. However, if you have pain or discomfort or that does not resolve this issue, you should see your dentist as there are other conditions that require treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do fix a ripped tongue?

What can I do fix a ripped tongue?

Needs evaluation: While small to medium size cuts and tears will probably heal on their own, it's best to see a general dentist or oral surgeon to have them evaluated. The tongue is very vascular and prone to more bleeding. There is also the risk of infection and it may not heal as quickly or as well if the tear needs suturing. Better to be safe than sorry. Use warm salt water rinses in the meantime. ...Read more

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I hurt under tongue? What do I do?

I hurt under tongue? What do I do?

See a dentist: Who can determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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How is geographical tongue treated?

Not usually treated: It is a chronic condition the typically manifest itself under certain circumstances such as eating hot, spicy, acidic or salty foods and stress or hormonal changes. Treatment is typically not necessary unless you have severe pain then a dentist can prescribe you a mouthwash or paste to use. ...Read more

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Would getting my tongue split hurt?

Yes: Hey! You are a human being. If you got your thumb split, would it hurt? Cutting into tissue and through skin hurts. Is that really a mystery? ...Read more

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My tongue feels like I've burnt it?

My tongue feels like I've burnt it?

Perhaps: Perhaps you did. Without actually seeing you, we would have no way to know. If that's what happened, it will resolve on its own rather quickly. If it persists or you want to confirm your own diagnosis, then you will have to see your own dentist. Feel better. ...Read more