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Why do doctors look in your mouth?

There's a reason why doctors ask us to open up and say “ahh” if we are unwell: What's happening in your mouth can provide a glimpse into your overall health. In particular, the shape, colour, coating and texture of your tongue can indicate nutritional imbalances and sometimes more serious health issues.

When a doctor looks in your mouth what are they looking for?

During an oral cancer screening exam, your dentist looks over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. Using gloved hands, your dentist also feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. The dentist may also examine your throat and neck for lumps.

Why do doctors check your tongue?

Whether you're suffering from digestive symptoms, stress or challenges with fertility, features on your tongue can offer clues to help identify the root cause of conditions throughout your body.


What the inside of your mouth says about your health?

Your mouth can tell you a lot about the health of your body. The mouth shows signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. It can also show signs of other disease, if you're missing certain foods from your diet and unhealthy habits such as using tobacco and tobacco-like products, and alcohol.

Why does the doctor look in my throat?

Doctors do a laryngoscopy (lair-en-GOS-kuh-pee) to: look into what is causing a long-lasting cough, throat pain, ear pain, hoarseness or other voice problems, swallowing problems, or constant bad breath. check for inflammation (swelling and irritation) look for a possible narrowing or blockage of the throat.

What does a Tumour look like in the throat?

A primary tumor of the throat can appear as a nodular mass on the floor of the mouth, tongue, tonsil, or wall of the throat. The mass will tend to be irregular, fixed, and relatively painless, but can interfere with swallowing and make you feel like you have something caught in your throat.

Why do doctors ask you to swallow?

A bedside swallow exam is a test to see if you might have dysphagia, which causes trouble swallowing. Dysphagia sometimes leads to serious problems. When you swallow, food passes through your mouth and into a part of your throat called the pharynx. From there, it travels through a long tube called the esophagus.

What are three signs of poor oral health?

Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene

Tooth Pain. If you notice pain in your tooth, do not ignore it. ...

Bleeding or Swollen Gums. Bleeding, swelling or alterations in gum color are signs that something is wrong with your oral hygiene. ...

Alterations to the Tongue. ...

Growths Within the Mouth. ...

Deteriorating Gums.

When should I worry about my mouth?

Oral Health: Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

Mouth and Jaw Pain.

Bleeding and Sore Gums.

Loose or Lost Teeth.

Changes in Tooth Surfaces and Enamel.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Mouth Sores, Patches, or Lumps.

What could poor oral health indicate?

Poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Oral disease also is associated with risk behaviors such as using tobacco and consuming sugary foods and beverages.

What could poor oral health indicate?

Poor oral health is associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Oral disease also is associated with risk behaviors such as using tobacco and consuming sugary foods and beverages.

Can you tell illness from tongue?

A red tongue may indicate heat in the body like a fever or a hormonal imbalance. A reddish purple tongue is a sign that there may be inflammation or an infection in the body. A pale pink tongue may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, a weak immune system or a lack of energy.

What can be detected by the tongue?

Bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and savory tastes can be sensed by the tongue through their related taste receptors.

What signs might you see if a person has oral health issues?


Sensitivity to temperature. Sensitivity or pain when you drink hot tea or eat ice cream is one of the most common oral health red flags, says dentist Dr Simone Belobrov. ...

Bad breath. ...

Loose teeth. ...

Bleeding gums. ...

White patches. ...

Dry mouth. ...

Gum disease.

What are doctors looking for when they ask you to stick out your tongue?

Your provider will have you stick out your tongue so it can be checked for swelling or abnormal color or texture. They will be watching to see if as you extend it, it deviates to one side or the other, a possible sign that something is affecting the nerves which control its movement.

How is a mouth infection diagnosed?

Mouth infection symptoms

Bad breath.

Bitter taste.

Persistent pain.

Sensitive or loose teeth.

Swollen and inflamed gums, neck glands or jaw.

Receding gums or new spaces between your teeth.



What can anxiety do to your mouth?

The effects of anxiety on oral health

Canker sores.

Dry mouth.

Lichen planus (lacy white lines, red areas or mouth ulcers on the cheek, gums or tongue)

Burning mouth syndrome.

Temporomandibular joint disorders (also commonly known as TMJ or TMD)

Bruxism (grinding or clenching of teeth).

What are four common oral problems?

Most cases are dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal diseases, tooth loss and oral cancers.

What are the common mouth problems?

Some common mouth problems include: Cold sores - painful sores on the lips and around the mouth, caused by a virus. Canker sores - painful sores in the mouth, caused by bacteria or viruses. Thrush - a yeast infection that causes white patches in your mouth.

What do oral cancers look like?

Oral cancer can present itself in many different ways, which could include: a lip or mouth sore that doesn't heal, a white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth, loose teeth, a growth or lump inside your mouth, mouth pain, ear pain, and difficulty or pain while swallowing, opening your mouth or chewing.

What are the signs that you have a cancerous lymph node?


Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin.

Persistent fatigue.


Night sweats.

Shortness of breath.

Unexplained weight loss.

Itchy skin.

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