Mouth and Teeth Diseases

Tongue Discoloration (White, Red, Purple, Blue, Yellow, Black)

Normal color of the tongue The human tongue is a muscular organ that plays various roles in chewing, swallowing and talking. It lacks the protective skin and therefore its color is largely dependent on that tissue it is composed of in addition to the blood flowing through it. Therefore the color of the human tongue is >> Read More ...

Numbness and Tingling of the Tongue (Paresthesia)

What is tongue paresthesia? Paresthesia of the tongue is any abnormal sensation from the tongue which includes sensations such as numbness, tingling or prickling (“pins and needles”). The tongue is one of the most sensitive organs of the body. Sensations of temperature, pressure, texture and pain are often >> Read More ...

Sore Tongue and Tongue Pain (Glossodynia or Glossalgia)

What is a sore tongue? A sore tongue is a common term to describe discomfort, an ache, burning and/or pain of the tongue. The medical term for a sore tongue or tongue pain is glossodynia or glossalgia. It usually extends to the surrounding structures in the mouth. The tongue is one of the most sensitive parts of the body >> Read More ...

Mouth Herpes (Oral) Symptoms, Pictures, Spread, Duration

What is herpes of the mouth? Oral herpes, commonly referred to as mouth herpes, is a viral infection of the mouth and gums primarily by the Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) but may also be due to the genital variant (HSV-2). It is also known as recurrent herpetic stomatitis or acute herpetic gingivostomatitis. The >> Read More ...

Salivary Gland Stone – Symptoms, Treatment for Stones in Duct

What is sialolithiasis? A stone in the salivary gland most commonly occurs and causes symptoms when it is lodged in the duct of the gland. The medical term for the  formation of a salivary duct stone is sialolithiasis and a stone is known as a salivary calculus or sialolith. A stone usually results in partial or complete >> Read More ...

Parotid Gland Swelling – Causes of Parotid Enlargement

A swollen parotid gland may occur for a number of reasons, which may be linked to inflammation of the gland (parotitis) with or without infection, blockage of the duct, chemical toxicity or growths in the parotid gland. Swelling may therefore present with pain and impaired functioning, or at times there may be no other >> Read More ...

What is Parotitis? Causes of Inflamed Parotid Gland

Parotitis is the term for inflammation of the parotid gland, the largest of the salivary glands located on both sides of the face near the angle of the jaw and just below the ear. Most acute cases are due to an infection, particularly bacterial or viral, whereas chronic cases may be due to various other causes like an >> Read More ...

Bitter Taste in Mouth After Eating, Meals (Food and Drink)

Persistent taste sensations after eating are more often due to foods consumed during the meal. Remnants of food particles adhere to the surface of the tongue, palate, between the teeth and crevices of the oral cavity due to chewing and swallowing. When these food particles mix with saliva in the mouth, it may activate the >> Read More ...

Sour Taste in Mouth in Morning, During Pregnancy, After Eating

The sense of taste can detect four primary tastes – sour, sweet, bitter and salty.  A fifth taste sensation known as unami can be associated with savory tastes. Most of the time, the taste sensations are triggered by different foods and drinks, however, in some cases a taste may be detectable despite not eating or >> Read More ...
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