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Botox May Help Ease 'Burning Mouth' Syndrome

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Botox, long used to smooth wrinkles, may come to the rescue for people with a painful condition called burning mouth syndrome. A new study finds that Botox (botulinum toxin) "might be an effective, long-lasting, and safe treatment" for the disorder, says a team of Italian researchers. According to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, burning mouth syndrome is a chronic condition characterized by burning pain in the tongue, and sometimes the lips or roof of the mouth. This pain "can last for months or years," the institute says. "Some people feel constant pain every day. For others, pain increases throughout the day. For many people, the pain is reduced when eating or drinking." Certain medical conditions, such as allergies, thyroid issues or drug side effects, can cause burning mouth syndrome. But in many cases, the condition is ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Your Mouth Healthy Before Cancer Treatment

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You have many things on your mind before you start cancer treatment, but a visit to your dentist should be on your to-do list. The American Dental Association recommends: Talk to your dentist about things that can help prevent dental complications from cancer treatment. Potential examples include fluoride treatment, replacing crowns or bridges, or treating existing gum disease. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soak it in warm water before brushing to soften bristles even more. Floss between teeth daily. Use caution where gums are sensitive or bleeding. Stop using tobacco, which can slow healing. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Rinse your mouth regularly to help prevent tooth decay. Skip alcohol-based rinses in favor of a salt-water rinse or a solution with baking soda. Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Angular Cheilitis

Health Tip: If You Have Bad Breath

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- What's causing your bad breath? Here are some common triggers, courtesy of the American Dental Association: Bacteria in your mouth that feed on bits of food. Poor saliva production, which prevents your mouth from being naturally cleaned. Gum disease. Eating unpleasant-smelling foods, such as garlic or onions. Smoking. A medical problem, such as diabetes, GERD or a sinus condition. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Toothache, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Gingivitis, Oral Thrush, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Stomatitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Dealing With Mouth Sores

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Mouth sores usually go away on their own within a week, but one that lasts longer should be examined by a dentist or doctor. The American Dental Association mentions these possible causes: Having a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. Having irritation from sources such as a loose orthodontic wire, poorly fitted dentures or the sharp edge of a broken filling or tooth. Having a disease or disorder that produces mouth sores as a side effect. Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Aphthous Ulcer, Aphthous Stomatitis, Aphthous Stomatitis - Recurrent, Angular Cheilitis

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The Mouthhealthy.org website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include: Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva. Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums. Difficulty tasting food. Slower healing of mouth wounds. Increased risk of infection. Among diabetic children. teeth emerging earlier than expected. Read more

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