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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. doesnt seem serious but really hurts.

Have a painful small white pimple looking thing on inside of mouth between gums and inside of lips. doesnt 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 doesnt 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