Oropharyngeal cancer may involve the base of the tongue, the tonsils and surrounding tissues, the soft palate, or the front and back walls of the throat. There is a new laser therapy for early stages of throat cancer that you might ask about if it does turn out to be that.
Please let us know how your appointment went, what you found out, and if you have any more questions. I hope this helped a little bit!
Do you what it was that caused the allergic reaction? Was it a food or was it a medication such as Penicillin?
According to WebMD, in rare cases, an allergy to penicillin can cause an anaphylactic reaction, which can be deadly. This type of reaction usually develops within an hour after you take penicillin. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, hives, wheezing, dizziness, loss of consciousness, rapid or weak pulse, skin turning blue, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
If you think you are having an anaphylactic reaction, call 911immediately.
Everyone loves a dazzling smile. That's why so many of us reach for the bleach when our pearly whites start to look more like kernels of corn.
Many teeth whitening systems are available, including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, and trays, and whitening agents obtained from a dentist.
But what's the difference and what works?
Some of the biggest considerations when considering which to choose are cost, time until you see results, and how many shades lighter you want to see.
On the low end of the cost scale, whitening toothpastes can lighten your tooth's color by about one shade. In contrast, the higher cost of light-activated whitening conducted in your dentist's office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.
Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels show initial results in a few days and final results are sustained for about four months. However, with in-office bleaching, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment. This type of whitening is the most expensive technique.
What whitening products have you tried? What's worked and/or NOT worked for you? Share your experience with us here.View Thread
Your coated tongue could be a variety of things. Without an examination it's really hard to say, but you might check out this article on The Tongue. It lists many different symptoms that you may recognize to help narrow it down.
When was your last dentist appointment and have you ever mentioned this to your dentist before?
The funky taste also probably has a funky smell, so you might like this article on dealing with bad breath, which recommends using inexpensive tongue scrapers you can find at most pharmacies.
Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.
I know what you mean about pregnancies affecting your teeth. It seemed like every time I had a baby I'd have dental problems.
With so many things going on and a possible infection it is very important that you start having some of this taken care of. At the very least get rid of any infection.
According to this WebMD article on tooth decay, you should call your doctor if you have swelling in your gums near a sore tooth. This may mean that there is severe tooth decay or an abscessed tooth
I know money can be tight as a single mom, but it's for your health and Mom needs to be healthy to take care of her kids, right? We tend to put our kids first and neglect ourselves until it's an emergency.
Have your tried applying for Medicaid ? Many dentists and oral surgeons DO accept Medicaid as payment. It does take a while to get approved, so start the process asap.
Other options are going to a local hospital dental department (not the ER) or a local dental school. They all have "sliding scale" payment options and accept Medicaid as well.
I wish you the best of luck. Please let us know how things are going and if you have any other questions.
It is so hard to say what the blue lips may have been caused by without an examination. I would encourage you to get your brother in to see his doctor asap, and if nothing else, please have him call his doctor to let him know.
Welcome to the Oral Health Community! I remember those days of wanting to gag when I watched my little ones swallowing toothpaste!
Have you tried letting your daughter watch both of you practice your oral hygiene in the mornings? I know my kids loved to role play and copy whatever they saw Mommy doing! Maybe if she see's you & daddy rinsing & spitting she'll try.
Make a big production out of it to make it fun.
I think it's just hard for them because they haven't quite learned how to manage some of those fancy mouth maneuvers yet!
I'm sure our community will be chiming in soon, but you might also find some great help on one of our Parenting Communities. I'd encourage you to ask there, too!