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Self Examination of Mouth

You don't have to be a dentist to spot your dental problems, in fact there are some distinguishable warning signs which might help self-diagnosis of oral diseases. Usually, each dental disease gives a clue or symptom to be easily diagnosed and the following table is mini-guide for most popular dental diseases.

Observe your mouth in bright light with a mirror:

  • Look and feel inside the lips and the front of gums.
  • Tilt head back. Inspect and feel the roof of your mouth.
  • Pull cheek out. Examine the inside surface as well as the back of the gums.
  • Pull out your tongue. Then look minutely over its surface.
  • Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of the neck including under the lower jaw.
Self Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

Do you have any of these?

  • White patches of the oral tissues - leukoplakia.
  • Red patches - erythroplakia.
  • Red and white patches - erythroleukoplakia.
  • A sore that bleeds easily and refuses to heal.
  • An abnormal lump or thickening of oral tissues.
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
  • A mass or lump in the neck.
Factors that may lead to Oral Cancer
  • Use of tobacco and alcohol.
  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Irritation caused by ill-fitting dentures.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Prior chronic infections.
  • Combination of the above factors.
Self Diagnosis of Caries

Do you have any of these?

  • Toothaches.
  • Blackish discoloration.
  • Food lodgement.
  • Foul smell.
  • Pain/sensation on eating sweets,hot or cold foodstuff.
Self Diagnosis of Caries

Do you have any of these?

  • Bleeding while brushing.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Persistent bad breath.
  • Mobility observed in the teeth.
  • Gums being pulled away from its normal position.