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What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

November 27, 2021
Posted By: Amber Schmidt

Look at your tongue and open your mouth. That may seem odd, but your tongue might reveal a lot about your health. A black and furry-looking tongue, for example, can indicate poor oral hygiene or diabetes. Your tongue might be bright red like a strawberry if you have a folic acid, vitamin B12, or iron deficiency. It may also indicate strep throat or an infection, depending on the cause.

Is your mouth full of red and white blemishes? That might be an indication that your taste buds have been damaged. You've undoubtedly been afflicted with red and white tongue if you've eaten a pack of Sour Patch Kids every day for the last five years, or grabbed a piece of pizza from the oven as soon as it emerged. Fortunately, this is very typical, and taste buds do recover.

The next time you get out of the shower, wipe down the mirror, open your mouth, and look at your tongue. You could be shocked by what you discover! If required, Make an Appointment With Dentist Parker CO to get the issue resolved immediately.


Here are some more information about what your tongue reveals about your health:

If you have white patches on your tongue:

Oral candidiasis, or overgrowth of yeast or thrush, is represented by these white patches on your tongue. Try brushing your tongue for a week to see whether this is an issue of oral hygiene. If the spots persist after a week, chances are that you have an overabundance of candida.


Your Tongue is Hairy and Looking Black

The black hairy tongue is caused by a variety of factors, including thrush and diabetes. Cancer therapies and poor oral hygiene are among the causes. A coarse, black appearance develops as a result of a buildup of dead skin cells on your tongue's papillae. The sensation should go away in a few days, but if it doesn't, there is nothing you can do about it. This problem has no medical treatment; simply practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing your tongue (with the help of tongue scrapers, as needed), and it should resolve on its own.


There are two types of spots on your tongue: red and white.

Everything is in order! Red and white flecks on your tongue are simply signs of the places where your taste buds have worn down. This is typical, and there's no need for treatment.


Your tongue appears red

A red tongue might indicate a lack of folic acid, B12, or iron, as well as fever or strep throat. Rather than being a disease in and of itself, a red tongue suggests how you're feeling overall. All of these symptoms are easy to correct with a vitamin or prescription.


Is Your Tongue Webbed or Stripped in Appearance?

Oral lichen planus is a form of inflammatory disease that your immune system attacks the cells and produces a webbed or striped appearance. Lichen planus is not contagious, but it increases your chance of mouth cancer, so be on the lookout for any changes. The most effective method to cure this condition is to brush your teeth regularly, quit smoking.


There Are Ridges on Your Tongue That You Can Feel

When your teeth press against your tongue, you create ridges. This typically occurs when you sleep. Fortunately, the ridges do not need to be treated and will fade with time.


You notice bumps on your tongue

You may have canker sores or cold sores if you have bumps on the underside of your tongue. Biting, smoking, and stress ulcers are all responsible for these painful protrusions on the surface of your mouth. These bumps don't necessitate a doctor's visit; instead, try some home treatments like gargling warm salt water. Avoid meals that may induce a negative response (fries, for example) and brush your teeth. If necessary, see your dentist to have the problem addressed. Front Range Smiles is dedicated to assisting clients of all ages in achieving and maintaining excellent oral health and a lovely smile for the rest of their lives at Front Range Smiles.


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