Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs that may involve your tongue, lips or widespread areas of your whole mouth, without any obvious reason.
Cheilosis (also called cheilitis) is a painful inflammation and cracking of the corners of the mouth. It sometimes occurs on only one side of the mouth, but usually involves both sides.
Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), a virus that passes from person-to-person by direct contact with infected skin or secretions, including saliva.
Unlike teeth with obvious fractures, teeth with cracked tooth syndrome usually have fractures that are too small to be seen on X-rays. Sometimes the fracture is below the gum line, making it even more difficult to identify.
If you consume too much fluoride as a young child, the extra fluoride can disrupt the formation of the enamel (outer part) of your permanent teeth and lead to fluorosis, which varies from minor discoloration to surface irregularities of the teeth.
Learn to protect your mouth from the common and often times severe dental injuries that can occur during sports.
If you suffer from cold sores, you are not alone. Nearly 70% of Americans ages 12 and older test positive for herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), the virus that causes cold sores. At least 20% of patients with HSV experience recurring cold sores.
Scrotal tongue is a condition in which fissures develop in the tongue, making it look wrinkled. The condition also is called furrowed tongue, lingua fissurata, lingua plicata, lingua scrotalis, plicated tongue or grooved tongue. There can be many fissures or a single groove down the middle of the tongue with fissures branching off from it. Scrotal tongue affects between 1% to 5% of the population of the United States, but as much as 21% of people worldwide.
The salivary glands contain a network of ducts through which saliva flows into the mouth. If the flow of saliva is reduced or stopped for some reason, it can cause a bacterial infection called sialadenitis (sigh-a-lah-den-EYE-tis). Sialadenitis is most common in the parotid gland (in front of your ear) and the submandibular gland (under your chin) and is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
Thrush is the common name for a mouth infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, which normally lives in many people's mouths. It is a surface infection that can affect the corners of the mouth, the insides of the cheeks, the tongue, palate and throat.
Small pieces of food — especially things like popcorn hulls — can get under your gums. If these pieces aren't removed, the area can get irritated, and even infected.
When a tooth is partially loosened or dislodged from its socket, dentists call it an extruded tooth. As long as the nerve and blood vessels remain intact, an extruded tooth may be saved without root-canal treatment, depending on how displaced it is.