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Suggest treatment for bruising on the tongue

My teeth feel sharper than normal. I noticed this about 2 weeks ago, and I'm suffering bruises on my tongue. What could cause this and how can I cure it? I did some research online (and I know you have to take things with a grain of salt when dealing with the internet), and I think I may be going through something called "tooth attrition" or "teeth attrition". I drink a lot of soda pop (Mountain Dew to be specific), and I remember the last time I went to my Dentist, he said soda pop reduces the bone density in your teeth. Could this be the problem?
Tue, 19 May 2015
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern.

Brief answer - Generalized attrition

Detailed answer - As per your query soda pop is definitely the cause of your problem. Mountain dew has increased content of acids and due to increased acids in mouth cavity it causes resorption of tooth surfaces and internal roots as well and it causes soreness in mouth. These tooth surfaces get chipped off in uneven manner and there edges become very sharp which keeps on impinging tongue and causes bruises.

I would suggest you to stop taking these carbonated drinks and if ever you will take these use straw as it will lessen contact of drink with tooth surfaces. Apply aloevera zel on tongue surfaces. Use desi ghee for treatment of bruises. Drink cold water and use cold compressors for better relief. Use anesthestic agents rinses rich in lidocaine for soothing effect.

Take multivitamin tablet rich in vitamin B12. Take diet rich in fruits which are not citrus.

Visit dentist once and get veneering done, a procedure of covering teeth surfaces with protective sealants. Dentist can give mouth guard as well appliance which which prevent attrition of tooth surfaces at night.

Hope your concern has been resolved.
Get Well Soon.
Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari

Hope your concern has been resolved.
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