Mouth Disease

Mouth Disease

Mouth Disease

Salivary glands

There are both major and minor salivary gland in the mouth which secrete saliva and a variety of enzymes to help process foods and make swallowing easy. These salivary glands can get infected or inflamed and can also be very painful; sometimes the salivary glands also develop benign and malignant cancers. However, the most common problem with salivary gland is formation of stones in the small ducts which prevent free flowing of saliva. The gland swells as they cannot empty and often get infected. While most stones in the duct may resolve, sometimes surgery and antibiotics are required.


Mumps of the salivary glands is a viral infection of the parotid glands. This results in painful swelling at the sides of the mouth in both adults and children. The infection is quite contagious. Today mumps is prevented by getting vaccinated in infancy. There is no specific treatment for mumps except for hydration and Tylenol. Sometimes mumps can cause inflammation of the brain, testicular swelling or hearing loss.

Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) has many causes including smoking, alcohol, poor care of dentures, gum disease, chronic lung disease, breathing through the mouth, sinusitis, liver disease, diabetes, pregnancy, not brushing or flossing on a regular basis. Medications that cause dryness in the mouth can also cause bad breath. These include antidepressants, anti histamines and antipsychotics. The best way to prevent bad breath is to brush teeth frequently, clean the tongue, keep the nose and sinus clean and drink adequate water.

Canker sores

Canker sores are small ulcers that appear on the inside of the mouth, lips and on tongue. Most small canker sores disappear within 10-14 days. Canker sores are most common in young and middle aged individuals. Sometimes individuals with allergies are more prone to these sores. Besides an awkward sensation, these sores can also cause tingling or a burning sensation. Unlike herpes sores, canker sores are always found inside the mouth and are usually less painful. Good oral hygiene does help but sometime one may have to use a topical corticosteroid.

Fungus Infections

Candida is a very common infection of the mouth in immunocompromised individuals. Individuals who have undergone a transplant, HIV, cancer or use corticosteroids commonly develop candida of the mouth and oral cavity. The typical signs are a white patch that may be associated with burning, soreness, irritation or a white cheesy like appearance. Once the diagnosis is made, candida can be treated with a variety of anti fungal drugs.


Another very common disorder of the oral cavity is herpes simplex infection (HSV). This virus causes blisters and sores around the mouth and lips. HSV infections are not only annoying but also painful and may keep on recurring. Although many people get infected with the virus, only 10% actually develop the sores. The sores may last anywhere from 3-10 days and are very infectious. Some people have recurrences either in the same location or at a nearby site. Recurrent infections tend to be mild in nature and may be brought on by stress, sun, menstrual periods, trauma or physical stress.

Burning mouth

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a very painful annoying disorder that causes a sensation of burning on the lips, tongue, mouth and gums. The disorder can affect anyone but tends to occur most often in middle aged women. BMS has been linked to a variety of dental and medical disorders like menopause, dry mouth and allergies. Some individual develop one episode of BMS and others develop recurrent episodes which last months or years. Other features of this distressing disorder include anxiety, depression and social isolation. There is no cure for this disorder and treatment includes use of hydrating agents, pain medications, vitamin supplements or the usage of antidepressants.


Oral cancer may occur on the lips, tongue, gums, floor of the mouth or inside the cheeks. The majority of cancers of the mouth are known as squamous cell cancers. Oral cancers are usually painless in the initial stages or may appear like an ulcer. Causes of oral cancer include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to sunlight (lip cancer), chewing tobacco, and infection with the human Human papillomavirus. The earlier the oral cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances for full recovery. If you have a suspicious mass or ulcer on the mouth which has been persistent, then you should always get a physician to look at it. Diagnosis is usually made with a biopsy and the treatment depends on the exact type of cancer, where it is situated, and extent of spreading.


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^ Recognizing Oral Disease World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

^ What are Mumps Ministry of health and long term care portal. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

^ Oral Health from A to Z American Dental Association. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

^ Diseases of the Digestive System The oral cavity FAQ's Health Portal. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

^ Women's Oral Health and Overall Health Colgate online portal. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

^ Herpes Guide: How do I know if I have herpes Canadian Herpes Information portal. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

^ Burning Mouth Syndrome American Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved on 2010-02-01

External links

[ Communication and information in orthodontics

The International Journal of Dental Anthropology - IJDA

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Pathology: Medical conditions and ICD code

(Disease / Disorder / Illness, Syndrome / Sequence, Symptom / Sign, Injury, etc.)

(A/B, 001-139)

Infectious disease/Infection: Bacterial disease (G+, G-)  Virus disease  Parasitic disease (Protozoan infection, Helminthiasis, Ectoparasitic infestation)  Mycosis  Zoonosis


140-239 & 280-289)

Cancer (C00-D48, 140-239)


Myeloid hematologic (D50-D77, 280-289)

Anemia  Coagulopathy

Lymphoid immune (D80-D89, 279)

Immunodeficiency  Immunoproliferative disorder  Hypersensitivity

(E, 240-278)

Endocrine disease  Nutrition disorder  Inborn error of metabolism

(F, 290-319)

Mental disorder

(G, 320-359)

Nervous system disease (CNS, PNS)  Neuromuscular disease

(H, 360-389)

Eye disease  Ear disease

(I, 390-459)

Cardiovascular disease (Heart disease, Vascular disease)

(J, 460-519)

Respiratory disease (Obstructive lung disease, Restrictive lung disease, Pneumonia)

(K, 520-579)

Stomatognathic disease (Tooth disease)  Digestive disease (Esophageal, Stomach, Enteropathy, Liver, Pancreatic)

(L, 680-709)

Skin disease  skin appendages (Nail disease, Hair disease, Sweat gland disease)

(M, 710-739)

Musculoskeletal disorders  Osteochondropathy (Osteopathy, Chondropathy)

(N, 580-629)

Urologic disease (Nephropathy, Urinary bladder disease)  Male genital disease  Breast disease  Female genital disease

(O, 630-679)

Complications of pregnancy  Obstetric labor complication  Puerperal disorder

(P, 760-779)

Fetal disease

(Q, 740-759)

Congenital disorder

(R, 780-799)

Syndromes  Medical signs (Eponymous)

(S/T, 800-999)

Bone fracture  Joint dislocation  Sprain  Strain  subluxation  Head injury  Chest trauma  Poisoning

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Tooth disease (K00-K05, 520-525)


tooth abnormality


Anodontia/Hypodontia  Hyperdontia

Abnormalities of

size and form

Concrescence  Fusion  Gemination  Dens evaginatus/Talon cusp  Dens invaginatus  Enamel pearl  Macrodontia  Microdontia  Taurodontism

Disturbances in


Dilaceration  Regional odontodysplasia  Turner's hypoplasia

Other hereditary disturbances

in structure

Amelogenesis imperfecta  Dentinogenesis imperfecta  Dentin dysplasia


Caries (tooth decay)  Attrition  Abrasion  Erosion

tooth resorption (External resorption, Internal resorption, Root resorption)

Pulpitis  Periapical abscess  Fluorosis  Toothache

bone cyst (Dentigerous cyst, Calcifying odontogenic cyst, Glandular odontogenic cyst)



tooth navs: anat/dev, disease/neoplasia, proc

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Oral pathology: Stomatognathic disease (K06-K14, 526-529)

Vestibule of mouth


Cheilitis (Angular, Actinic)  Herpes labialis

Oral cavity proper

Hard, soft,

and periapical tissues

gingival disease (Gingivitis, Pericoronitis, Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, Noma)  Periodontitis   Ulcer


Glossitis (Geographic tongue)  Fissured tongue  Glossodynia  Black hairy tongue  Strawberry tongue

Dentofacial anomalies

Gnathitis  jaw abnormality (Micrognathism, Prognathism, Retrognathism)

Temporomandibular joint disorder

Maxillomandibular anomalies

Cherubism  Congenital epulis  Keratocystic odontogenic tumour  Torus mandibularis  Torus palatinus

Salivary glands

Sialadenitis (Parotitis)  Benign lymphoepithelial lesion  Necrotizing sialometaplasia  Ranula  Sialolithiasis

saliva: Drooling/sialorrhea  Xerostomia


Stomatitis (Aphthous ulcer, Herpetic stomatitis)

Velopharyngeal inadequacy

oral mucosa: Erythroplakia  Leukoplakia (Hairy leukoplakia)  White sponge nevus

mouth navs: anat/dev, noncongen/congen face/congen GI/neoplasia, symptoms, proc

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Recognized Specialties

(in the United States)

Endodontics - Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics - Pediatric Dentistry - Periodontics - Prosthodontics - Dental public health - Restorative Dentistry

Unrecognized Specialties

(in the United States)

Cosmetic Dentistry - Dental Implantology - Temporomandibular Joint Disorder - Geriatric dentistry


Forensic Odontology - Dental Traumatology - Oral pathology


Dental extraction - Tooth filling - Root canal therapy - Root end surgery - Scaling and root planing - Teeth cleaning -Tooth bonding - Tooth polishing - Tooth bleaching

See also

List of oral health and dental topics - List of basic dentistry topics - Oral hygiene - Dental instruments - Restorative materials

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