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Teeth, tongue & gums

From what a toothache may be telling you to what’s behind that bad breath, learn about oral health symptoms in the teeth, tongue, gums, jaw and more.

Oral health symptoms

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth. Learn about causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention tips.

Dry mouth can increase your risks of gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth infections. Learn its symptoms, causes and how the condition is treated.

What are the symptoms of dry socket, and how is it treated?

Thrush is a fungal infection which can affect the mouth. Learn the symptoms and causes, how it’s treated, and what you can do to prevent it.

Piercing the tongue, lip, or cheek can lead to infection, tooth and nerve damage, allergic reactions and more. Learn about the risks.

Types of tooth problems

See a picture of the tooth and read about common tooth conditions.

What are the causes of sensitive teeth? When should you visit your dentist?

Misaligned bites can cause jaw problems. Crooked teeth can make it difficult to floss. Learn more.

A tooth abscess is a painful infection. Learn the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for a tooth abscess.

Why do people grind their teeth? How can you learn if you’re doing it -- and why is it harmful? Get the answers, as well as hints on how to stop teeth grinding.

Tooth decay destroys teeth and leads to cavities. How do you know when you have cavities? Do only children get cavities? And what are the different ways cavities are treated? Learn here.

Sensitivity after a filling is normal, but when should you call your dentist?

What causes the erosion of tooth enamel? What can be done to protect or restore enamel?

Types of tongue problems

Learn more about the tongue and common problems.

Tooth decay destroys teeth and leads to cavities. How do you know when you have cavities? Do only children get cavities? And what are the different ways cavities are treated? Learn here.

Geographic tongue is the name of a condition that gets its name from its map-like appearance on the upper surface and sides of the tongue. Learn more.

If you have fissures in your tongue, it's likely there is no cause for concern. Find out more.

What causes black hairy tongue, and what to do about it.

Leukoplakia is a white or grey patch that develops on the tongue or the inside of the cheek. Learn what causes leukoplakia, its symptoms, and treatment.

Types of gum problems

Bleeding gums is a sign of gum disease, which is the major cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK. Find out more and get brushing and flossing tips.

If not treated, gum disease (also called gingivitis or periodontal disease) may end with tooth loss.

Pericoronitis is a disorder in which the gum tissue around the molar teeth becomes swollen and infected. Learn the symptoms, what causes it, and how pericoronitis is treated.

Learn more about receding gums and what to do about them.

Lips, jaw and more

Learn more about the adenoids and adenoidectomy.

See a picture of the tonsils and learn more about the treatment and prevention of tonsil stones.

Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cold sores.

Tooth decay destroys teeth and leads to cavities. How do you know when you have cavities? Do only children get cavities? And what are the different ways cavities are treated? Learn here.

TMJ causes pain in the jaw area. Find out more about TMJ symptoms and the various treatments, from changing eating habits to medication.

Mouth cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Find out the symptoms, who gets it, how it’s treated, and how you can prevent it.

Learn more about cleft lip and cleft palate

Stomatitis is a term for an inflamed and sore mouth which can disrupt a person's ability to eat, talk or sleep. Learn more.

Learn more about the virus that causes cold sores.

Saliva is important to lubricate your mouth, help with swallowing, protect your teeth against bacteria, and aid in the digestion of food. Learn more about salivary gland problems.

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