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What does the little thin piece that is attached to your gums and lips do?

What does the little thin piece that is attached to your gums and lips do?

Frenulum: These strips of tissue are called the labial frenula. The maxillary frenulum can form an extension during infancy, which if persistent during dental eruption may lead to widely spaced central incisors. Excision of this tissue is called a frenulectomy. ...Read more

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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The little thing that attaches my bottom lip to my gum has a small bump and is sore, what should I do?

The little thing that attaches my bottom lip to my gum has a small bump and is sore, what should I do?

Sore Mouth rinse: Such as Orajel antiseptic sore mouth rinse can provide temporary relief. If you need more for the soreness, you can try taking a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). The bump should resolve on its own within a few days. ...Read more

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My spinal disk connecting neck to head has a slight congenital thinness. Should I be concerned about a mild chronic neck pain?

No as disc space: Narrowing is a sign of us aging in terms of the spine which has been demonstrated to begin as early as 10 years of age with males showing signs on x-rays at an earlier age than females with smoking accelerating these changes as well as trauma and genetic basis. Don't sweat over the minor pain ...Read more

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I ripped the webbing that attached your tongue and mouth/gums. It's healing white. Doesn't hurt, it's a little swollen and doesn't smell. Normal?

I ripped the webbing that attached your tongue and mouth/gums. It's healing white. Doesn't hurt, it's a little swollen and doesn't smell. Normal?

Yes: The white part is called an eschar. It is the covering that mucous membranes make when they heal. It should go away in time. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What could be causing the roof of my mouth and inside gum-line to be like "sandpaper"? I first felt this roughness 2 days ago. It is not painful. However today I noticed a small lump of irritated skin attached just about an inch below the front inside o

What could be causing the roof of my mouth and inside gum-line to be like "sandpaper"? I first felt this roughness 2 days ago. It is not painful. However today I noticed a small lump of irritated skin attached just about an inch below the front inside o

The: The roughness and patches in your mouth can be attributed to a couple of things - and infection or a reaction to a type of food you ate.
Foods - some people experience excoriation of oral membranes if eating a food that they are sensitive to. For instance, if you eat a fruit that is highly acidic such as kiwi, it can be irritating to the mouth. Some people experience sensitivity to spicy foods or cinnamon flavored candy/food. This is resolved by avoiding foods that can cause irritation.
Infection - there are fungi that reside in our bodies that may grow out of control if our immune system is affected or decreased. One infection that can occur in the mouth is called "thrush, " caused by the fungus, candida. This infection is manifested by red or white, irritated patches in the mouth. It can be treated with otc topical solutions, but please note that healing could take a couple of weeks. It will be important to follow up with your doctor if symptoms persist, despite otc treatment. Oral cancers and other infections have similar early symtpoms, as you are currently experiencing. ...Read more

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Found very small lumps under skin inside mouth below lip and near gum. Skin colour and no pain?

Found very small lumps under skin inside mouth below lip and near gum. Skin colour and no pain?

LUMPS INSIDE MOUTH: WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
DO SEE YOUR PCP.
IT COULD BE ANYTHING, BUT I DO NOT THINK IT IS SOMETHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. ...Read more

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User of khaini (quid), tobacco mixed with lime put in between lips and gums, for ten years now I hv little white dots inside cheeks can it be cancer..

Maybe: White lesions inside your mouth are typically areas called leukoplakia. These may or not be the beginning of oral cancer condition. Best and only definite way to determine this is with a tissue biopsy. I urge you to consider this, it may save your life! ...Read more

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I hv a little fissure kinda thing on my inner upper lip towards the end. Doesn't hurt its just there. N d gum is dark in color where it touches b/w teth?

See dentist: Any change in your gums or lips that lasts more than a week, should be evaluated by your dentist to be sure that it is or is not something serious. At your age, cancer is VERY unlikely, but changes in the skin can be due to other medical problems. ...Read more

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Have a painful small white pimple looking thing on inside of mouth between gums and inside of lips. Doesn't seem serious but really hurts.

Have a painful small white pimple looking thing on inside of mouth between gums and inside of lips. Doesn't seem serious but really hurts.

It may be serious!: It is most likely an infection and you should see a dentist asap for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Untreated infections can spread and cause serious complications. I wouldn't wait until it flares up and you have severe pain and swelling. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on my bottom lip left side it is hard and I have been biting it it feels almost like a cyst in your gums but doesn't hurt till bit?

Lump: May be nothing. May be quite dangerous. May be hundreds of things in between. If you found a lump anywhere else on your body, wouldn't you have it examined? Any pain, bleeding, or swelling (lump) should be immediately examined. Please see your General Dentist or a Specialist Oral Surgeon immediately for an examination. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be told that it's benign? ...Read more

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Little not visible little itchy bumps covering entire lip and corners of mouth? Also little clear bumps on gums.

Little not visible little itchy bumps covering entire lip and corners of mouth? Also little clear bumps on gums.

Little bumps?: The bumps inside your mouth may or may not be related to the itchy bumps on your lips. The little bumps may be small salivary glands. Itching may be an allergic reaction or a host of other medical issues. If it does not resolve within a day or two, gets worse, or you want to find out what it is & whether or not it requires treatment, see you PCP, Dermatologist, Allergist or dentist. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has really dry cracked lips and little white spots on her tongue and gums and a oral temp of 102.2 I first saw it with my 1yr bout a week.

My 4yr old has really dry cracked lips and little white spots on her tongue and gums and a oral temp of 102.2 I first saw it with my 1yr bout a week.

Viral infection: When more than two members of a family fall sick one after the other with similar symptoms, it is usually due to a common virus which runs its course in due time. ...Read more

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Hello my gums were sore yesterday morning and my mouth became in pain I noticed a ulcer on the upper inner part of my top lip on the thing the thin la?

Hello my gums were sore yesterday morning and my mouth became in pain I noticed a ulcer on the upper inner part of my top lip on the thing the thin la?

Stress ulcers: Could be many things. Your dentist will be able to evaluate and treat accordingly. Could be stress ulcers (aphthous ulcers), herpes, pemphigoid, pemphigus or lichen planus. These are fancy words but will need to know what your mouth looks like before a recommendation can be made. ...Read more

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I have some small white/yellowish bumps on the inside, back of my lip. In between my gums and lip line. Painful, bleed sometimes. Canker or cold sore?

I have some small white/yellowish bumps on the inside, back of my lip. In between my gums and lip line. Painful, bleed sometimes. Canker or cold sore?

Aphthous ulcer: It's most likely a canker sore. It is painful, I get them sometimes when I eat acidic foods. You can put some oil of clove on it to numb it. It will burn a bit when you put it on but will go away within a few minutes. If your dentist has a soft tissue laser that can also help with the healing process. It should go away in about a week. Hope this helps!!! ...Read more

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I have one small red bump in the area at the bottom of my mouth where my gums meet my lip, right in the middle. It has a white pimple-looking head on it. It is causing me pain throughout my mouth and burns whenever I eat/drink. What could it be?

Canker sore: It's a canker sore, or an aphthous ulcer. I get them too, and they are annoying. The immune system itself causes them, sometimes in times of stress, sometimes in response to certain viruses, or sometimes "just 'cuz". Aside from a pain reliever if they are bad, there isn't much you can do, and they go away without help in about 1-2 weeks. Certain foods like citrus are irritating. ...Read more

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I have a cluster of small red bumps/blisters inside my mouth in the crease where my gum meets the inner lip. It tingles and is irritated. What is it?

I have a cluster of small red bumps/blisters inside my mouth in the crease where my gum meets the inner lip. It tingles and is irritated. What is it?

Mouth lesions: Maybe cold sores or ulcers. Or may be connected to your teeth. Have them seen by your doctor or dentist for a a accurate diagnosis and treated. All the best. ...Read more

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Why am I having lymph nodes at the back of my head, small wounds on the gum and bumps on the gum and cheeks?

Why am I having lymph nodes at the back of my head, small wounds on the gum and bumps on the gum and cheeks?

Need to be examined: You may have infection in your mouth and gums which needs to be treated. And the lymph nodes as well. You can consult your GP and may also need to see your dentist asap ...Read more

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I am getting small painful bumps in my mouth: on my gums and on the base and roof of my mouth. What could it be?

I am getting small painful bumps in my mouth: on my gums and on the base and roof of my mouth. What could it be?

Need Consultation: It could be tooth or gum infection, or could be a sexually transmitted disease. Either way, get your dentist and/or physicial to look at it. ...Read more

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Back of my mouth been hurting here lately when I looked in the mirror its this little round piece of gum over my tooth? What's this?

Back of my mouth been hurting here lately when I looked in the mirror its this little round piece of gum over my tooth? What's this?

See your dentist.: Not sure if you have wisdom teeth or not and if you do have then some times either it is in the process of erupting or impacted, infected and gum tissues are responding to local demand. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 20 month old son has 2 large white patches inside mouth on his gums, a little bit bigger than a pencil eraser?

My 20 month old son has 2 large white patches inside mouth on his gums, a little bit bigger than a pencil eraser?

Yeast: Loose white patches inside the mouth could signify the presence of yeast commonly known as thrush.
The yeast infection can cause problems in other parts of the body, like diaper rash.
If you do have thrush, make sure you optimize oral hygiene, if your baby is still on bottles or paci, sterilize them or better yet, wean your baby off them. Consult your doc, as thrush needs a anti fungal medication. ...Read more

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I have had a chain put in my mouth to pull a tooth down and the rope that's attached to my gum has come away so my chain is dangling down! What do I do?

I have had a chain put in my mouth to pull a tooth down and the rope that's attached to my gum has come away so my chain is dangling down! What do I do?

Chain: You pick up the phone and immediately call your treating General Dentist or Orthodontic specialist. If attachment area closes over it will have to be reed posed. Don't wait, call now. ...Read more

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I'm 19, have a small painless lump on inner bottom gum on the right side. (floor of mouth side of gum) it looks mouth flesh-coloured. What could it be?

I'm 19, have a small painless lump on inner bottom gum on the right side. (floor of mouth side of gum) it looks mouth flesh-coloured. What could it be?

Lots of things: Could be a small boney protuberance called a torus, a blocked swollen minor salivary gland, a draining abscessed tooth, a gum infection, or one of innumerable types of lesions. Has to be examined to be diagnosed. Please call your dentist for an appointment. ...Read more

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I've had a black spot on my gum for about 6 months and now it is getting a very small sore about the size of a pin head on it is it cancer?

I've had a black spot on my gum for about 6 months and now it is getting a very small sore about the size of a pin head on it is it cancer?

Show it to a Dr: Any black spot that is changing in color or growing in size needs to be checked by a medical or a dental professional (in your case). There is a small but real chance that it could turn into a melanoma, a type of Cancer. So get it checked...you may need a biopsy done if it is growing in size or dimensions. ...Read more

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Often in my mouth, around the teeth, my gum gets little bit swollen and if I touch that region it pains. And gradually that swollen area turns white.

Often in my mouth, around the teeth, my gum gets little bit swollen and if I touch that region it pains. And gradually that swollen area turns white.

Get Examined: There are a number of conditions of the gums that could present with those symptoms. They are benign but still need diagnosis and treatment. Have your dentist take a look and if it seems a bit more complicated you may need to see an oral surgeon or a dentist with oral medicine training. ...Read more

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I have a small bump under the skin near the gum line on the floor of my mouth on the right side. You can't see it in the mirror you can only feel it.

I have a small bump under the skin near the gum line on the floor of my mouth on the right side. You can't see it in the mirror you can only feel it.

Needs to be seen: We can't see or diagnose these types of situations over the internet. It may or may not be normal. You will have to see your dentist for an accurate answer to your question. See someone in case it does require treatment! ...Read more

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I have a bump or a lump in my upper mouth on the top of my gums, my front tooth is loose a little bit what could it be.

I have a bump or a lump in my upper mouth on the top of my gums, my front tooth is loose a little bit what could it be.

See dentist: As soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. Abscessed tooth infections can spread and cause more serious health issues. ...Read more