Q&A: What’s With My Tongue?

When something changes with the way your tongue looks or feels, it can be a little bit alarming. Your worry may become twofold when you realize you have no idea why these changes have occurred or what they mean. Of course, our first suggestion is always for you to come in. Talk with us during a dental checkup, so we can identify the issue (and offer any treatment if it is necessary). For now, consider our oral health Q’s and A’s.

Questions and Answers

Question: Why does my tongue look bumpy around the edge? It’s as though the border is scalloped, not smooth.

Answer: The oral health problem in this instance is likely associated with bruxism (a functional issue that includes habitual grinding or clenching of your teeth). It leaves indentations along the border of your tongue.

Question: Does a vivid red tongue mean I’m not getting enough of a certain vitamin? Is something else wrong?

Answer: If your tongue is bright red, it might mean one of several things. You may not be getting enough vitamin B12 in your diet. Or, you may be lacking folic acid.

Question: Why does my tongue look white? Is something wrong?

Answer: A whitish tongue generally means an overgrowth of some type of bacteria. You may be dealing with something called thrush (yeast overgrowth) or something called leukoplakia (sometimes associated with tobacco use), both of which are treatable. It is in your best interest to contact us for assistance in treating and clearing the issue.

Question: Why does my tongue hurt?

Answer: Your tongue might hurt as the result of a variety of issues with your oral health. Maybe you accidentally bit it. Perhaps you drank something too hot. Perhaps you have a sore. Contact us to schedule a visit to find out.

Come In When Symptoms Arise

Protect your oral health by scheduling a visit with us if changes arise, so we can protect your mouth. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.