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Uncommon mouth disorders: A reference guide

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: When it comes to oral health, if you're experiencing any unusual symptoms, you should contact your dentist immediately.

Posted: June 17, 2015

When it comes to oral health, if you're experiencing any unusual symptoms, you should contact your dentist immediately. The sooner you get to a dentist, the sooner you'll be able to start feeling better. Treatment for oral health issues can vary, and it is important to get diagnosed properly so that you can begin feeling better as soon as possible. Dentists see similar problems often but some issue are less widespread. Here are a few uncommon mouth disorders that should be brought to the attention of a dentist as soon as they arise. 

Burning mouth syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome is characterized by a burning sensation on the tongue, inside of cheeks, gums and other areas of the mouth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, doctors and dentists don't know exactly why the mouth develops a burning sensation, patients with BMS often have an underlying problem such as acid reflex, a yeast infection, an allergic reaction to medication, or hormonal shifts. A direct cause of BMS is not always found but your dentist should be able to treat the symptoms of BMS. 

People suffering from BMS often also suffer from dry mouth, which will intensify symptoms and can sometimes be the cause of BMS. To help prevent and deal with BMS it's important to combat dry mouth by drinking plenty of water, rinsing the mouth often, chewing sugar-free gum and, in some cases, taking prescription medication. 

Candidiasis
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeast known as candida. Yeast infections can develop in other places on the body, but when candidiasis develops in the mouth it is often called thrush. The fungus that causes thrush lives on and in the body in small concentrations, but if there is a shift in the amount of bacteria and other microorganisms in the mouth, candida can begin to multipy rapidly and cause problems. Symptoms of thrush include white lesions, painful spots in your mouth or cracking at the corners of your mouth. If you suspect that you have thrush, talk with your dentist. Most often, thrush can be treated with an oral antifungal medication and will clear up in a few weeks. 

Gingivostomatitis
Commonly caused by a virus or bactieria, gingvostomatisis is a condition that affects the gums and sometimes other areas of the mouth. Symptoms include mouth sores and ulcers, swollen and tender gums, bad breath and general mouth pain. Gingivostomatitis is often happens in younger children but can affect people of all ages. It is most often the result of poor oral hygiene. Gingivostomatitis can usually be taken care of in a few weeks by brushing regularly and using antiseptic rinses, but in some cases a dentist will need to be consulted. If the symptoms have persisted or worsened over the course of a few weeks, consult your dentist. Sometimes additional medical attention will be needed, such as antibiotics, to treat the infection. 

Oral growths
Bumps, lumps and cysts can develop in many different parts of the mouth. While benign oral growths are relatively common, there can be some uncommon causes for a mouth growth that require the attention of your dentist. Some mouth growths can be the result of a tooth abscess, a painful infection at the root of your tooth; a non vital tooth, which is a tooth that has had nerve damage due to either bacteria or trauma; or mouth cancer. If you have any type of growth in your mouth, have your dentist take a look. Some growths will not need any attention unless they are causing problems with your everyday life.

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