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What causes swelling under lingual frenulum?

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Posted on Wed, 14 May 2014
Question: Last night I had swelling under lingual frenulum about the size of a nickel with white edges on one side. I rinsed with saltwater several times and today it is much smaller and red. It seems to straddle the frenulum
at near the floor of my mouth. What should I do? It looks just like a second tongue. Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Rovena Murati (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
can be inflammation of sublingual salivary glands.

Detailed Answer:
Hello Sir!
I am Dr.Rovena. I had gone through your query and your medical history.

In the way you described it I think it can be an inflammation of sublingual salivary glands.
Salivary gland infections are somewhat common.
Sublingual glands are two glands located under the floor of the mouth.
This inflammation is due to infection of sublingual glands and this infection may be due to bacteria or viruses.
Considering the fact that your have seen white edges in one side (it can be pus) and that the glands decrease in volume after you rinsed with saltwater makes me think that the cause of this infection is a bacteria.

In this case the sublingual glands will be painful,enlarged,and you may also have pus that drains into the mouth.

In your case no treatment is needed.
I will give you some easy self-care advises to do at home.

Self-care steps you can take at home to help with recovery include:

-Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth and floss well at least twice a da. This may help with healing and prevent an infection from spreading.
-Rinse your mouth with warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water) to ease pain keep the mouth moist.
-Stop smoking if you are a smoker, to speed up healing.
-Drink lots of water and use sugar-free lemon drops to increase the flow of saliva and reduce swelling.
-Massaging the gland with heat.

Try these for some days and than came back to me.
If in these days it isn't getting better you will need a antibiotic to treat this infection.
Get medical help right away if you have a high fever, trouble breathing, or swallowing problems.

Please let me know.

Hope I was able to help you.
If you have any further question fell free to write me back.I will be happy to help.
Take care.

Dr.Rovena




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What causes swelling under lingual frenulum?

Brief Answer: can be inflammation of sublingual salivary glands. Detailed Answer: Hello Sir! I am Dr.Rovena. I had gone through your query and your medical history. In the way you described it I think it can be an inflammation of sublingual salivary glands. Salivary gland infections are somewhat common. Sublingual glands are two glands located under the floor of the mouth. This inflammation is due to infection of sublingual glands and this infection may be due to bacteria or viruses. Considering the fact that your have seen white edges in one side (it can be pus) and that the glands decrease in volume after you rinsed with saltwater makes me think that the cause of this infection is a bacteria. In this case the sublingual glands will be painful,enlarged,and you may also have pus that drains into the mouth. In your case no treatment is needed. I will give you some easy self-care advises to do at home. Self-care steps you can take at home to help with recovery include: -Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth and floss well at least twice a da. This may help with healing and prevent an infection from spreading. -Rinse your mouth with warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water) to ease pain keep the mouth moist. -Stop smoking if you are a smoker, to speed up healing. -Drink lots of water and use sugar-free lemon drops to increase the flow of saliva and reduce swelling. -Massaging the gland with heat. Try these for some days and than came back to me. If in these days it isn't getting better you will need a antibiotic to treat this infection. Get medical help right away if you have a high fever, trouble breathing, or swallowing problems. Please let me know. Hope I was able to help you. If you have any further question fell free to write me back.I will be happy to help. Take care. Dr.Rovena