I'm sorry to hear that your daughter was not able to find the dental care that she needs. Have you tried any of these resources:
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We are so pleased to be adding another Health Expert, Dr. Cohen-Brown , to our Oral Health Community!
Dr Cohen-Brown is an Oral Pathologist, which deals with diseases of the oral cavity and the oral manifestations of diseases throughout the body. Basically, any sore which lasts longer than the customary two weeks in the mouth should be checked by an Oral Pathologist.
Dr. Cohen-Brown will be a great addition to our community along with Dr. Kaufman , who is so helpful in offering his expertise in all fields of dentistry.
If you have a question you'd like to ask, please post it at as a new discussion and I will be sure to forward that on to the appropriate expert.
Please stop and say hello to Dr Cohen Brown to welcome her to our community!
Welcome to the Oral Health Community. It's important to check regularly for symptoms of oral cancer, (especially if cancer runs in the family) such as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. If you see something that looks suspicious, make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.
Welcome to the Oral Health Community. We can't diagnose over the Internet, but from what you describe, perhaps it is dry mouth.
Lack of saliva causes the skin in and around the mouth to become dry and tight. Your lips may become cracked, and sores might form at the corners of your mouth. Treatment for dry mouth depends on what is causing the problem.
Hopefully that helps, and the community will chime in soon with their experiences and suggestions. Please let us know how you're doing and if you found out anything.
Welcome to the Oral Health Community and thanks for posting your question. I'm sorry to hear that you're now paying the price for all those years of the Mom's sacrifice. I am all to familiar with that as the single mom of four.
Assistance programs vary from state to state, so you may want to contact your state dental society to see if there are programs in your area.
Another possible source of lower-cost dental care is a dental school clinic. Generally, dental costs in school clinics are reduced and may include only partial payment for professional services covering the cost of materials and equipment. Your state dental society can tell you if there is a dental school clinic in your area, or you can search our list.
I hope some of that helps, and you're able to see a dentist soon. I don't have any answers as to "why" other than the obvious, but you should ask your dentist AND your doctor if there are any other under-lying conditions to be concerned about.
Good luck!! Please check back and let us know what you found out and how you're doing.
Regular brushing and flossing remain your best protection against tooth decay and gum problems. But a tooth-friendly diet can also help keep your smile bright and your gums healthy.
For many years we heard that the vitamin D in whole milk was great for healthy teeth. Making the best food choices for healthy white teeth include adequate nutrition. Many nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium and others, are essential to oral health.
Welcome to the Oral Health Community. You have a great question and I'm not too sure about the osteoarthritis playing a part in the problem. I am sure our community or our expert will share some insight with you there.
Welcome to the Oral Health Community and thanks for looking to us for support. I hope we can help!
However, , no one responds anymore to this very old post. To get a reply, please post your question as a new Discussion. You can do that by clicking on the orange Post Now button above, then choose "Discussion".
Sorry for the delay to get you answers, but this way more eyes will see it and you'll have a better chance of getting more replies.
Thanks for your question on jaw pain and welcome to the Oral Health Community.
We can't diagnose you over the internet, so it's important that you speak to your doctor or dentist about your condition. However, here are a few resources that may be helpful in determining the cause of your jaw pain:
TMJ Directory - Temporomandibular joint disorders, often called TMJ, occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
Oh, That Jaw Pain - From Health Expert, Patricia A. Farrell, PhD and her blog on anxiety and stress management
Bite Test (Video) - Dentists pinpoint source of patients' mouth pain using a 3-D roadmap of their jaw.
I hope that points you in the right direction. I'm sure our community and expert will be chiming in soon with their thoughts, as well.
Please check back in with any more news or more questions.
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