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Bad Breath (Halitosis): Causes and Cures

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, occurs when decaying food particles or other debris accumulate in the mouth and are consumed by the bacteria normally present in the mouth to produce an unpleasant odor. Another possible cause of bad breath is nasal discharge or mucus, which can accumulate at the back of the throat, promoting the growth of bacteria and producing foul breath. In addition, certain foods and beverages, such as onion, garlic, alcohol or […]

Dental Implants: Types, Benefits and Complications

Dental implant or “fixture” is an artificial anchor that is surgically placed into the jaw to support a prosthetic tooth. A dental prosthesis, such as crown, bridge or denture, is used to replace missing teeth. Implants are highly compatible with the human body and are usually made of a special type of titanium alloy that the body does not usually reject as a foreign material. Titanium is extremely strong, resistant to corrosion from acids, salts […]

Amalgam Allergy and Mercury Poisoning from Dental Fillings

Amalgam allergy is an extremely rare reaction to the mercury used in the amalgam dental filling, also known as “silver filling”. It is an unusual condition and few cases have ever been reported. Just like in any other allergy, the immune system becomes sensitized to the offending substance (in this case liquid mercury) and mistakes it for a foreign invader. When the immune system attacks the foreign substance the body starts producing the symptoms characteristic […]

Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Treatment and Prevention

Wisdom teeth are the third set of grinding teeth that typically erupt into a person’s mouth between the ages of 17 and 21, though they may emerge in a person’s mid-twenties or even later. Healthy and properly positioned wisdom teeth help a person to chew more effectively. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often fail to emerge through the gums (impaction) or are positioned incorrectly, causing complications. An impacted wisdom tooth may emerge only partially from the gum, […]

Oral Thrush – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Thrush, also called oral candidiasis, oropharyngeal candidiasis or moniliasis, is a type of mouth infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, commonly known as yeast. It can affect the corners of the mouth, insides of cheeks, palate, tongue and throat. Thrush most often occurs in individuals with compromised immune systems, such as patients with HIV/AIDS or cancer, those with uncontrolled diabetes and in children under the age of six months. Risk Factors and […]

Canker Sores: Causes, Symptoms and Relief

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers or recurrent mouth ulcers or aphthous stomatitis, are shallow, open lesions (ulcers) that develop inside the mouth. These painful sores occur on the inner cheeks, base of the gums, inside lip, or on or under the tongue. Canker sores can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink and talk. They are very common, affecting about 20% of the population. Though irritating and painful, canker sores are generally harmless. In […]

Mouth Sores: Why They Occur and How to Treat and Prevent Them

There are several types of mouths sores that can develop in different areas of the mouth. They may appear as raised bumps or blisters, ulcers (open lesions), inflamed areas or patches of discolored skin. Mouth sores can affect the lips, inner cheeks, tongue, gums, palate (roof of the mouth) or the mouth floor. They may develop after the mucous membranes lining the mouth come into direct contact with an irritant or as a result of […]

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