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Herpes infection among young children

Types of herpes simplex virus

There are 8 types of herpes simplex virus which affect human beings.  

Type I herpes simplex virus / oral herpes :  causes primary herpetic gingivostomatitis and cold sores around your mouth.

Type 2 herpes simplex virus/ genital herpes : can cause severe oropharyngeal infection and it is usually transmitted through sexual contact.

Type 3 herpes varicella zoster virus: causes chicken pox among children Continue reading

Dry Mouth Mouthwash

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a condition that can interfere with everyday activities, such as eating, talking or sleeping. Some common symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Bad breath
  • A sticky, dry or sore mouth
  • Cracking at the corners of the mouth
  • A red and parched mouth
  • Blisters and mouth ulcers
  • A pebbled look to the tongue
  • Difficulty eating dry or spicy foods
  • Waking up with a dry mouth at night Continue reading

About ulcers of the mouth-part 2

In the previous article “about ulcers of the mouth Part 1“, we have already discussed what is an ulcer, the causes and methods to identify the cause of an oral ulcer. In this next section we will be looking at the modailities used to treat ulcers of the mouth.

Treatments and home remedies for mouth ulcers


  • Based on and targeted at the etiology
  • Main goal of therapy: Relief of pain and reduction of ulcer duration. There are evidence that shows the most efficacy from corticosteroids and antimicrobials used topically.

1. Topical corticosteroids: Continue reading

About ulcers of the mouth-Part 1

What is an oral ulcer?

An ulcer in the mouth

An oral ulcer, or an ulcer in the mouth, is a painful lesion as a result of a complete break in the epithelium of mucous membrane. The body responds to this localized defect by producing fibrins, which fills and overflows in the ‘crater’ formed by the break in mucous membrane, giving it a bubble-like protrusion from the rest of the mucosa. The presence of fibrin gives it the yellowish colour which could easily be mistaken as pus. Continue reading

Causes of ulcers in the mouth

What are the causes of ulcers in the mouth?

oral ulcer

1. Trauma

i) Mechanical trauma

Accidentally biting your lips or cheeks or brushing your teeth too vigorously to the point of accidentally hitting your gums with the head of your toothbrush can lead to oral ulcers; some people are prone to biting himself because of the presence of a sharp tooth in the mouth. Continue reading

Top 5 Dental Problems in Toddlers You Ought To Know

Children’s first baby tooth would erupt at the age of 5-6 months. Some babies differ by six months to a year and it is normal. There are some dental problems in toddlers which many of us should take note for a developing child. Continue reading

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Oral Health Part 2

Continuation of Part 1

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A visit to the dentist

Every dental office will treat anyone having diabetes mellitus (DM). On your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a personal medical and dental history for the use of the dentist. Any critical information pertaining to diabetes should be added to the medical and dental history record, which would include information on dosage, time schedules, method of administration, previous adverse experiences with insulin control, number of hospitalizations, and physician recommendations. A good rapport with your dentist is necessary to treat any complications in your mouth.
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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease



Overview of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is an acute endemic viral infection commonly affecting  children younger than ten years of age. This Hand Foot and Mouth Disease virus rarely effects adults unless they have a lower immunity level.For example, HIV  and diabetic patients.  Round red lesions (any localized, abnormal structural change in the body) are mostly seen in the mouth, on the hands and foot. In the mouth it is precipitated by a mild sore throat and followed by painful ulcers. On the hands and legs, a rash usually develops first and then red lesions are usually seen. Continue reading