Mental nerve is a general somatic afferent (sensory) nerve which provides sensation to the anterior aspects of the chin and lower lip as well as the buccal gingivae of the mandibular anterior teeth and the premolars. It is a branch of the posterior trunk of the inferior alveolar nerve, which is itself a branch of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve (CN V). The nerve emerges at the mental foramen in the mandibula, and divides beneath the Depressor anguli oris muscle into three branches: Continue reading
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What Are the Dangers of Denture Creams?
If you’re one of the 35 million Americans who wear dentures, take note — your denture cream could be putting your health at risk. Researchers have recently discovered a link between the zinc in denture adhesives and nerve damage. Several popular denture creams, including Super Poligrip and Fixodent, contain zinc. If you’ve used those products and now have tingling or numbness in your hands or feet, poor balance or unexplained weakness, contact your doctor immediately. Continue reading