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‘Burning Mouth Syndrome’

People with burning mouth syndrome experience a burning sensation in the tongue or lips that lasts for months and sometimes years. A recent study investigated the use of Botox to treat this painful condition.

Key takeaways:

- Burning mouth syndrome can be caused by nerve damage, some medications or allergies

- Botox injections resulted in pain disappearing within 48 hours that didn’t return for several weeks (whereas those treated with placebo remained in pain)

- If you think you may have burning mouth syndrome see your dentist immediately

“Botox might help ease the condition.”

Read the full story here:

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20170410/botox-may-help-ease-burning-mouth-syndrome

The ABCs Behind Wisdom Teeth Removal

Most of us will encounter problems with our wisdom teeth. There are times when one or more might need to be extracted by a dentist. A severely impacted wisdom tooth could affect other teeth and in turn, it may need to be removed.

How can we tell if a problem may be present?

- If you     are experiencing swelling in the jaw or headaches.

- If the     tooth appears to be coming in crooked (also known as an impacted tooth).

- If the     wisdom tooth is pressing too hard against your other teeth.

- A bad taste within your mouth could hint that there is a     problem.

A dentist will perform x-rays to make a final diagnosis.

Learn more:

http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/does-everyone-have-to-get-their-wisdom-teeth-removed-eventually/

“A professional and experienced dentist can help you know what your options are when your wisdom teeth begin to come in.”

Stomatitis: Types, causes and treatment

Stomatitis is an inflammation disease of the mouth that affects mucous membranes or skin coverings on the inside of your mouth. The protective skin coverings produce mucous to protect teeth and line the digestive system.

Key takeaways:

- The different types of stomatitis are glossitis, gingivitis,     cheilitis and pharyngitis.

- Causes include yeast     infections, chemotherapy, viral infections, STDs, stress, xerostomia,     medications, malnutrition tobacco use and trauma.

- Symptoms are mouth ulcers, red patches, swelling, blisters,     recurring lesions and oral dysaesthesia.

Your dentist might suggest topical ointments, change of diet or medication for treatment.

Read more at:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317839.php

What is a Dead Tooth?

A “non-vital” or “dead” tooth occurs when the blood supply to the tooth and the underlying nerves has been cut off. This usually happens due to bad dental health leading to tooth decay or physical damage to the tooth. The usual symptoms are pain and a change in tooth colour but other tell-tale signs can include:

- Bad taste

- Bad smell

- Swelling

Because the condition can spread to the jawbone and nearby teeth “early treatment of a dead tooth is vital” and your dentist should be consulted at the first sign of trouble. More information about the subject can be found at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319062.php.

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