Oral Signs & Symptoms

Receding gums may indicate gum disease, but may also result from brushing too hard. Dental pain, such as a toothache, may be caused by dental problems. Mouth sores (stomatitis) include canker sores and damage from an underlying condition (e.g., leukoplakia or thrush). Specialized toothpastes can make teeth less sensitive to some of these conditions.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

Summary Sensitive teeth refers to the sensation of pain or discomfort when teeth are exposed to stimuli such as cold or hot drinks and foods, cold air and sweet foods. The pain usually lasts for just a few seconds, although it may linger. Many patients with sensitive teeth experience the symptom repeatedly over a long …

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Receding Gums

Receding Gums

Also called: Gum Line Receding, Gum Recession, Gum Receding Summary The gums (gingiva) are the soft tissues of the mouth that surround and support teeth. Healthy gums fit snugly against teeth. When gum lines pull away from the teeth, it is called receding gums or gum recession. Receding gums expose more of the root (cementum) …

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Mouth Sores

Mouth Sores

Also called: Oral Mucositis Summary Mouth sores can appear as blisters, open lesions (ulcers), inflammation or areas of skin discoloration. They may occur in a variety of locations in and around the mouth, including the lips, tongue, inner cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth (palate) or mouth floor.   Mouth sores can occur due to …

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Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth

Also called: Xerostomia Summary Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when the salivary glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep it moist. Most people experience dry mouth once in a while, such as when they are nervous, upset or under stress. Dry mouth can also be a symptom of inadequate …

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dental pain

Dental Pain

Summary Dental pain includes pain felt in or around the teeth, gums and jaw. The pain can range from a mild, dull ache to severe and excruciating pain. The pain may come and go or be persistent. It may be aggravated by chewing or by exposure to extreme temperatures (cold or heat). Dental pain can …

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