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Do you see anything on the side of my tongue that is a problem?
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dental
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Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago
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Hi, thanks for the pic but it is blurred. Do you think you could take another for me?

Do you have any symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
here you go. I took the top tongue picture just so you know that side picture made my tongue look white when it's in fact not.
Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

Thanks for sharp pics!! Good job!!

There is really nothing on the top or the sides of your tongue that looks abnormal.

You have normal papillae which can become discolored depending on any irritants or foods that you eat. But it all looks normal.

Are you symptomatic in any way?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No I just noticed earlier what seemed like blisters and or dead skin. I'm just concerned about oral thrush cause i've had IV solumedrol and antibiotics within the last 2 weeks.
Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

Antibiotics can readily make your tongue appear whitish in color. If you had thrush you would also have pain and bleeding if you tried to scrape your tongue. A dry mouth can also give the appearance of thrush but your tongue really shows no signs of thrush at all.

If you are at all concerned that you may have thrush you can always a tongue cleaner and start any mouthwash that contains Chlorhexidine Gluconate. But I do not believe you need to that now!!

Blisters and dead skin can easily occur from a dry mouth after heavy antibiotics. I did not see any blisters on your tongue either on top or the sides. If you get a larger accumulation of heavy white film or coating then you can try the mouth rinses and scraping but for now I would do nothing. Does this all make sense to you?

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Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

Are you still there?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I am, I do have a big problem with dry mouth and have a dry mouth rinse that doesn't work. Doesn't oral thrush affect mostly people with cancer or HIV?
Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

No, thrush can happen to anyone when the oral flora changes and becomes infected. Usually it is do to poor oral hygiene. Thrush is a fungus and when the flora of the mouth is not healthy the immune system becomes compromised and then infections begin and can result in thrush. Candida albicans is responsible for thrush and it resides in the mouth but is under control when you are clean and health. Every bacteria that can cause problems resides in the mouth and is non pathogenic as long as the immune system is strong and healthy and by maintaining good oral hygiene you can avoid thrush. Fortunately for you no signs of thrush are present!! :):)

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Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

FYI:

Biotene is the most prescribed medication for this problem and it is available over the counter at any drugstore. This is the website for it: http://www.biotene.com/

Oracoat: XYLIMELTS is also an excellent choice: http://www.oracoat.com

Other OTC saliva substitutes include Moi-Stir, Optimoist, Mouthkote and Salivart.

Also, prescription medications like Salagen and Evoxac help produce more saliva to combat the dryness. Basic Bites Soft Chews at basic bites.com is another new product for dry mouth.

You can also try using sugar free gums and candies to help with the dryness.

Try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day to stay properly hydrated.

Hope this helps!! :)

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have tried Biotene and it does not work for me unfortunately. Is there any other mouth rinses that work?
Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

You can try some of the ones I listed above and keep trying until you find one that works for you. Drinking plenty of water daily is the best solution but when you take meds that changes everything and substitutes are needed.

So, try some of the above and hopefully you will be lucky and find one that will work well for you!!

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Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

If you need more information please ask.

When you get a chance please rate our interaction so that I get credit for responding.

Thanks and have a great evening!! :):)

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Dentist: Root Canal Doctor, Dentist (DDS or equivalent) replied 7 months ago

Hi, are you still there?

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