Mouth and Teeth Diseases

Periapical Abscess (Pus at Tooth Root)

What is a periapical abscess? A dental abscess is a broad term used to describe an abscess in the tooth and structures around it. A periapical abscess is an inflammatory reaction with the accumulation of pus at the root of an infected tooth. It can lead to death of the central region of the tooth known as the dental pulp. >> Read More ...

Oral Leukoplakia (White Patches Inside the Mouth)

Some disorders of the skin and inner lining of cavities like the mouth seem like harmless abnormalities that do not warrant much medical attention. Apart from moderate discomfort, it does not appear to cause any damage to tissue or affect functioning. Oral leukoplakia is one such condition. However, it needs to be >> Read More ...

Cheilitis Glandularis (Lip Gland Swelling)

What is cheilitis glandularis? Cheilitis glandularis is an abnormal enlargement and protrusion of the lower lip with the loss of the clear demarcation between the lip surface and the surrounding skin. The delicate lining of the inner lip becomes exposed to the environment gradually damaging it and sometimes leading to >> Read More ...

Tonsillitis (Swollen Tonsils, Sore Throat Tonsils)

Most of us will experience a sore throat several times in life. It tends to come with the flu or a cold and often goes away in a few days without need for medication. In most of these cases we give little thought to what is happening in the throat. Located within the throat are small clumps of lymphoid tissue, a part of >> Read More ...

Salty Taste in the Mouth

A salty taste is one of the primary tastes in the mouth, along with sweet, sour, bitter and a savory taste known as umami. The various tastes a person experiences in life is a combination of these primary tastes. Although food and drink is the major trigger of the taste sensations, temperature, texture and other local >> Read More ...

Mucus in the Mouth

Normal Mucus in the Mouth The mouth is moisturized and lubricated mainly by the secretions of the major salivary glands although the minor salivary glands and mucus producing cells in the lining of the inside of the mouth also contribute towards it. Saliva is a combination of a mucus and serous secretion. Mucus is thicker >> Read More ...

Burning Mouth Syndrome and Other Causes of Mouth Burn Sensation

The inside of the mouth is lined with a thin epithelium known as the the oral mucosa. It is highly sensitive to temperature, chemicals and even physical stimulants, coupled with the tongue which is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. This is partly due to the network of nerves supplying the mouth and tongue as >> Read More ...

Dry Tongue (Parched) Causes, Diseases and Remedies

The tongue occupies most of the oral cavity and any disorder affecting the mouth will usually involve the tongue as well. The outer part of the tongue is covered by a mucous membrane similar to most of the inner lining of the mouth. It has various papillae (projections) which house the taste buds. Moisture of the tongue is >> Read More ...

Taste Loss, Partial (Hypogeusia) or Complete (Ageusia)

What is loss of taste? Taste loss is the partial or complete impairment of the sense of taste. A partial loss is known as hypogeusia whereas a complete loss is known as ageusia. It is one type of taste disorder (dysgeusia). There may be several other abnormalities with the sense of taste which can be an indication of local >> Read More ...
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