Tag Archives: oral hygiene

Oral Thrush

A 54-year-old male patient presented with a chief complaint of burning sensation of the mandibular right gingiva and alveolar ridge on eating spicy food. The intensity of the burning sensation had increased over the previous 3 months. The patient has suffered from diabetes mellitus for 3 years and was on oral hypoglycemic agent metformin (500 […]

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Dorsum of tongue showing erythematous patches with white borders (black arrows).

Geographic Tongue

A 45-year-old female patient presented to our clinic with a painless, erythematous lesion on her tongue. Medical history was negative, with absence of any allergies or habits. The patient recalled that she had a similar lesion on her tongue 6 months earlier, which resolved spontaneously. Clinical examination of the dorsal surface of the tongue revealed […]

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Maxillary and mandibular gingiva showing pseudomembrane slough (black arrows).

Trench Mouth

A 37-year-old male patient presented with severe pain and bleeding of gingiva with inability to eat spicy food for 6 days. The patient was systemically healthy, but a heavy smoker for 3 years (15 cigarettes per day) and also under heavy stress due to family problems. He also complained of “metallic” taste and “pasty” saliva. Intraoral examination […]

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(A) Aphthous ulcer of the uvula (arrow). (B) Healed uvula.

The Wrong Toothpaste and the Painful Burp

  Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is usually confined to the buccal mucosa, lips, and tongue. Rarely, the uvula may be involved. Although the disease is considered idiopathic, recurrences may be associated with the use of sodium lauryl sulfate-containing oral hygiene products. Objective To report a case of an aphthous ulcer located on the uvula, with an […]

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Black Hairy Tongue

Black Hairy Tongue: If You’re Tongue Looks Like This, Brush It More Often A 62-year-old man, known for alcohol and tobacco abuse, was diagnosed with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma in 2008. He underwent curative radiotherapy (70 Gy), delivered to the laryngeal and oropharyngeal area as well as the neck. Follow-up 4 months after this treatment […]

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