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What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

Uvula function: The uvula is part of the soft palate and helps to seal the maxillary sinus during swallowing. If you traumatized it it can be painful and give the feeling of a sore throat. Be sure to baby the area, by eating softer foods and chewing your food well before swallowing. Stay away from hard or scratchy foods for a while. Without re-injury it should in several days. ...Read more

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Uvula (Definition)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of ...Read more


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Flat and painless dark red spot on the back of my throat, to the right of my uvula has been there a few days? Might be from hitting toothbrush,notsure

Flat and painless dark red spot on the back of my throat, to the right of my uvula has been there a few days? Might be from hitting toothbrush,notsure

Wait a little bit: If it is a traumatic bruise of some sort it should disappear in a couple of weeks at the most. If it persists beyond that, get it evaluated by a dentist or PCP to make sure it isn't serious. If it disappears, it was most likely the result of trauma. ...Read more

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My ortho told me not to clean my retainer with toothpaste and toothbrush because it'll scratch them and turn them white. How else do I clean them?

My ortho told me not to clean my retainer with toothpaste and toothbrush because it'll scratch them and turn them white. How else do I clean them?

Correct: He is right. Denture cleaners work well. A cheap combo is a slurry of peroxide and baking soda. Let the retainers soak in it while you eat. Works great! ...Read more

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What is the best way to scratch under an arm cast? Toothbrush? Skewer?

What is the best way to scratch under an arm cast? Toothbrush? Skewer?

Anything that reach: Be carefule you don't scratch too hard, or damage skin. May need to change cast to look at skin. ...Read more

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How do I make a wound in mouth heal faster? I think i bit the inside of my cheek and now it's really painful. The wound doesn't seem to be getting better. I try not to touch it or hit it with my toothbrush, but it's not doing the trick. Any tips? I've

How do I make a wound in mouth heal faster? I think i bit the inside of my cheek and now it's really painful.  The wound doesn't seem to be getting better. I try not to touch it or hit it with my toothbrush, but it's not doing the trick. 

Any tips? I've

Natural Healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more

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How often should we get a new toothbrush for our six year old? Our dentist always gives us a new one at each visit every six months, but our daughter seems to be really rough on them. I think it might be because she brushes much harder than she needs to.

You : You are right on track. Your daughter is brushing too hard. I am sure that the brush your dentist is giving you for her is a multitufted round ended fine fibered soft nylon brush, perfect, but able to be bent over with rough use. Ask the hygienist to refine her home care technique, and until then yes buy her a new brush as soon as the bristles are bent over. Power brushes are very good for children. They have to learn the technique. That might be an opportunity the refine the brushing technique. The toothbrush sales industry has persuaded dentist to tell their patients to replace the brushes every 3 months. Good luck dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read more

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I was just brushing my teeth&tongue witelectric toothbrush&when I spat out ther lots of bloodI think it was wee lumps on the on back tongue is it ok ?

I was just brushing my teeth&tongue witelectric toothbrush&when I spat out ther lots of bloodI think it was wee lumps on the on back tongue is it ok 
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Lingual papilla: This is totally normal! The large bumps are actually circumvallate papillae. Nothing to worry about, everyone has them! As for the bleeding it may be coming from your gums if you infrequently floss. If it continues, a quick visit to the dentist can determine the cause! Best of luck! ...Read more

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At what age can children start flossing on their own? Our five year old son fights us whenever we try to brush his teeth, and tries to grab the toothbrush to do it on is own. I don't think he does a very good job. Is five too early to let him do this? .

At what age can children start flossing on their own? Our five year old son fights us whenever we try to brush his teeth, and tries to grab the toothbrush to do it on is own. I don't think he does a very good job. Is five too early to let him do this?


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Yes: At 5 children usually do not have the dexterity to do a great job brushing or flossing on their own. If your son wants to do it himself i would encourage this but then make sure you "get a turn" to ensure that his teeth are properly cleaned. At 5 a brushing chart is usually an effective tool to help ensure twice daily brushing. ...Read more

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