Archive for September, 2009

What To Do If You Burn Your Tongue

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Whenever you burn your tongue, it may feel as though you lose some of your taste buds. Here are some things that you can do to heal a burnt tongue:

1) Put ice on your tongue immediately, and let it sit for a minute or two.
2) Lick ice cream, popsicles and other cold foods.
3) Try not to eat anything acidic, because they will irritate the burnt tongue.
4) Let hot foods cool before eating them.
5) Consume cough drops in order to aid the healing process.
6) Be patient, the tongue is one of fastest healing body parts. Just try to avoid burning it more while you’re waiting for it to heal!

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Post Nasal Drip

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Post nasal drip is a common cause of bad breath, even though it is not often talked about.  People are more likely to blame halitosis on a build up of bad oral bacteria.  Post nasal drip is also harder to get rid of than a bacterial buildup on the tongue. 

Post nasal drip is a flow of mucus from the nasal area regularly leaking down into the throat area.  This mucus feeds nutrients to the bad oral bacteria in the throat and the mouth, so the chances of having bad breath are much higher.  This problem can be chronic and hard to treat in comparison to other ailments that cause bad breath.

Most bad breath-causing anaerobic bacteria lives on the dorsal (back) area of the tongue, so when mucus drips down from nasal passages, it is in easy access to the bacteria.  Also, if you have never had your tonsils removed, debris can collect there, allowing bacteria to thrive even more. 

You may need to see a doctor for this problem if it does not go away.  To start off, you may brush after all meals and before going to bed.  Use a tongue scraper and try to gargle twice a day.  Having your tonsils removed may be an option, but it is not safe for everyone.

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Tooth Pain Relief / Remedies

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Many people have experienced tooth pain from oral surgery or other reasons.  It is important to know various forms of relief and natural remedies in case this ever happens. 

To begin, teeth are made up of an outer layer, the exposed enamel, and cementum which is embedded in the gums.  The dentin is the middle layer in teeth, which is comprised of tiny tubules (small openings).  There are nerve branches that come from the teeth’s pulp located inside each of the tubules.  The pulp of the teeth, located in the center, is made up of blood vessels and nerves supplying to the tooth. 

Tooth sensitivities cause pain in the teeth for various reasons.  Dental sensitivity is caused when the dentin is exposed, so nerve endings are exposed to hot and cold temperatures, thus causing much pain and sensitivity.  This often happens after gum surgeries, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, eating acidic food and beverages, etc.  The central pulp of the tooth can be exposed due to decay, filling, or a break in the tooth, thus causing pain and sensitivity.

Healing Your Painful Teeth

1. Brush your teeth softer, thus preventing the enamel being worn down.
2. Avoid acidic foods/beverages as much as you can in order to avoid oral health problems.
3. Natural remedies like garlic cloves and ginger root being placed on the painful teeth.

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What To Do if You Bite Your Tongue

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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All of us bite/cut our tongue at one time or another, sometimes while we are eating and at other times by accident.  Maybe you have scraped your tongue against a rough surface.  Also, if you have an impacted tooth, the tongue may rub against the edge of it and become bruised.

Usually a bitten / bruised tongue is not extremely serious.  However, if you have severe and uncontrollable bleeding, you should get emergency treatment.  After the pain of having bitten your tongue, the pain usually is discontinued after a couple minutes.

Bitten Tongue Remedies

If the bruise on the tongue is not too serious, you can try the following:

1)  Apply toothpaste onto the bruised part of the tongue.  The mint releases a cooling sensation onto the stinging area.
2) Gargle with salt and water.  This helps to maintain the salinity of the tongue and heal the wound.   Sometimes you may only need to gargle with lukewarm water. 
3)  You may also grab a piece of ice and place it on the affected part of the tongue.  The ice’s coolness will eliminate the pain.  Also, the ice cold feeling helps the exposed blood vessels to heal faster, thus preventing further bleeding.
4) Applying aloe vera juice against the bruise will help treat the bruised tongue.  Sometimes aloe vera comes in a gel form that makes applying it easier.
5) Gargling cold water and holding the water in your mouth helps some people get rid of the pain completely.  If you do this, be careful that the water is not so cold that the blood vessels in the mouth become numb. 

Good luck!

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White Tongue

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Read: White Tongue Dr Katz, America’s Bad Breath Expert, explains why your tongue may become white and yellow…and how to get rid of the coated tongue.

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