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Mouth pain 'may not signify a dental health problem'
Updated: 9/22/2008 8:00:01 PM
 

Mouth pain Pain that originates in the mouth or jaw may initially seem to be connected to dental health, but it may also signal unrelated problems.

Writing in the Malden Dentist, Dr David Leader points out that although jaw pain is usually caused by an infected tooth or gum problems, dentists who are investigating these problems in a patient's mouth may end up diagnosing other conditions instead.

For example, certain dull aches may suggest heart problems, while sharper pains may indicate sinus issues such lining inflammation, the article states.

There are also a number of reasons that a patient may find themselves suffering from a burning sensation in their tongue or mouth, according to the author. These include a fungal infection, diabetes, hypothyroidism, menopause or certain medications.

Leader recommends that those who experience oral or facial pain should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Diagnosis may not be immediate, he adds.

Chronic facial pain affects more than 15 million Americans, according to statistics cited by the American Dental Association.
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