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Mouth Diseases

Jaw diseases

07/23/2009

Question:

My pastor has a problem with his jaw. He has trouble keeping his mouth closed and eating. He has seen a doctor but they don`t seem to know what the problem is. His tongue is thick and is almost seems as if he has had a stroke. However, he has been check and this is not the case. Do you know of any diseases that can affect the jaw?

Answer:

Dozens of diseases can affect the jaws, the tongue, and the muscles that control chewing. If the problem continues, your pastor should make an appointment to see an oral pathologist. Oral pathology is the only specialty of dentistry or medicine that focuses on the diagnosis of oral disease.

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University