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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
In addition to an increased risk of infection on the tongue as a result of someone having a tongue piercing, I have seen many instances of chipped and broken teeth from biting on a barbell or from a metal ball banging against the front teeth. I have also seen instances of gum recession and bone resorption from the constant trauma. This damage is usually irreversible and may result in tooth loss.
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Your dentist doesn't diagnose these conditions but is an important screening person in your health care team. The lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and oral tissues can warn of trouble in your overall health.
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During your routine dental check-up, Dr. Gladnick will be on the lookout for any symptoms that might be associated with conditions like oral cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. Always remember the adage: "Want a healthy body, start with a healthy mouth."
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Canker sores can be very annoying to your tongue and even painful. There are several steps that you can take to alleviate the discomfort of aphthous ulcers (canker sores).
What to Avoid
First, avoid direct sunlight and foods containing nuts, raisins, jello, chocolate, whole grains, and wheat germ during the duration of the ulcer, as these foods actually feed the virus! It may help to eat fish, chicken, pork, and lean beef, as well as drinking milk. In addition, take vitamin B, zinc, vitamin D, and selenium.
As a preventative therapy, take 500mg of lysine daily at the first sign of "tingling," which some patients feel in the prodromal stage. (If you are taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid interactions). A homeopathic remedy called calendula tincture placed topically on the ulcer (DO NOT SWALLOW) also seems to help some patients' ulcers to heal more quickly.
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For resistant cases, there is an effective anti-viral prescription medication called acyclovir, which must be taken five times daily for seven days. Lastly, most of my patients experience instant relief with a prescription that is topically applied in the office called laurel sulfate. Hopefully, these remedies will help you to control your canker sores, instead of your canker sores controlling you!