Dry mouth, bleeding sores, and swollen gums—those are all prevalent oral health issues. We’ve discussed them quite a bit. But for a little more unusual symptoms in the mouth, you may be a little unprepared if you’re not completely aware of their existence. Here are some of the more strange mouth diseases you could encounter, and how to prevent yourself from experiencing them.
Strange Mouth Diseases
A white furry and coated tongue is generally a sign of some infections. It’s a temporary condition, usually lasting less than two weeks and is almost always never a cause for concern. However, if alongside a white coated tongue, you’re experiencing pain or the symptoms stay for an extended period, it’s important you see a dentist right away.
Sometimes, white patches on your tongue can be caused by Leukoplakia, which is the most common of white tongue culprits. It is the result of an overproduction of cells in the lining of the mouth and tongue. When this happens, a protein known as keratin is deposited, causing discoloration.
The white “fur” obviously isn’t fur. In cases where Leukoplakia isn’t present, it’s generally caused by a buildup of fungus or bacteria, so what you’re seeing and feeling in your mouth is just that: bacterial build up or fungal yeast.
The best way to avoid a white coated tongue is, in most cases, good oral health care. Alongside your regular brushing and flossing, make sure to brush your tongue. Tongue scrapers have been known to greatly reduce mouth bacteria and bad breath.
Burning mouth syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is either painful burning or a tingling sensation in your mouth. This perpetual irritation has many potential causes of diabetes to thyroid disorders. It has also been linked to high blood pressure and drug use. These common causes can help your dental professional in identifying the cause, considering how hard it can sometimes be to find an exact cause.
The problem with BMS is that the doctor must rule out every other possibility before diagnosing it. Since it’s a condition that is very hard to determine the cause of, there is no one way to treat it. Treatments may range from vitamin or mineral supplements to stimulating saliva production.
BMS can range drastically from moderate to severe. Some patients who suffer from BMS endure constant scalding pain for months or even years. It is more common in women than men and, recently, one female patient helped make a breakthrough in finding out what causes BMS.
The best way to avoid BMS is to avoid harmful substances. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but avoiding tobacco, spicy or acidic foods, and alcohol is the only advisable preventative measure for BMS, since there’s not just one cause of it, and the disease is overall rather mysterious.
Mysterious metallic tastes
Sometimes we get a bad taste in our mouths, and we can’t get rid of them. The usual measure would be to brush our teeth or rinse our mouths out. But when you get the overwhelming taste of pocket change in your mouth, and it won’t go away, it can be very distracting and even upsetting.
A few different things can cause a random taste of metal in your mouth, commonly known as parageusia. We’ve discussed how medicine can create a metallic taste in your mouth, but pregnancy or diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s can be causes as well.
Since your sense of taste is closely related to your sense of smell, sinus and nasal issues can create this mysterious taste. It’s very common, in fact. If you suffer from allergies, sinus infections, or the common cold, you are likely to experience this at least subtly.
Since there are so many causes for this taste change, we can’t limit the preventative measure down to one thing. It may not always be avoidable either. If the reason for the taste change is a sinus infection or a cold, there isn’t much to do besides taking in a lot of vitamins to minimize the effects of getting sick.
Sometimes when medications cause this problem, the medications we take are required, so it isn’t advised to stop making them without discussing it with a doctor first. However, another cause of this taste change is poor oral health. That is something you can work on to minimize the chances of this happening.
Skin peeling inside the mouth
The skin in your mouth is a wet, mucous membrane, so when it starts to dry out and peel, you’ll notice almost immediately. Usually happening inside the cheek, you’ll see your skin begin to lift off the surface and come off completely.
There are a few reasons the skin in your mouth could peel. First of all, it may be caused by a slight allergic reaction to your toothpaste. This is rather common and not very serious, but it’s essential that you switch toothpaste and talk to a dentist as allergies can worsen over time.
In worse cases, mouth peeling can be a sign of horrible gingivitis or untreated gum disease. If this occurs, you’ll see your gum line receding before it starts to peel away, and you’ll need to see a dentist ASAP. Another more painful cause of mouth skin peeling away is a canker sore or ulcer.
Worst case scenario, you may have Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. This condition is an immune hypersensitivity that can cause your mucous membranes to peel and fall away. Other symptoms of SJS are a headache, malaise, joint pain, sputum expelled from coughs, and painful rashes and lesions. This is a severe condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can only be contracted from certain medicines or bacterial infections. It’s important to stay on top of that and be careful. If you ever get SJS, let your doctor know you’ve had it, so they can help you avoid getting it in the future.
For other instances of ulcers and gingivitis, make sure you maintain superb oral health. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you start to experience symptoms of infection. The number one thing is knowing how to avoid mouth disease. Also how to handle it when it comes so that you can prevent worsening symptoms.
The Best Way to Avoid Strange Mouth Diseases
Dr. Balle and Dr. Guild from Balle & Associates are trained to find and treat familiar and strange mouth diseases. The number one way to avoid any peculiar mouth conditions is by getting treated by the top dentists. When it comes to your oral health, the team is more than qualified to handle an array of oral health issues. Schedule your appointment with us today.