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Different Types of Tongue Problems and Their Causes

25 September 2015, Dabur Dental Team

The tongue is used for tasting, swallowing, and chewing food. It is also used to form words for speaking. The tongue is actually a very good measure of the well-being of the body. However many a times, we may fall prey to some tongue problems. Listed below are a few common tongue problems:

Painful Sore Tongue
Biting your tongue, or scalding it on a hot food or beverage is a common tongue trauma. This can cause painful sores. Another cause for pain may also be your habit of teeth grinding or inflamed taste buds. Inflammation can cause tiny bumps to form along the length of your tongue, resulting in pain and soreness. Excessive smoking can cause some tongue problems. A minor infection on the tongue is not uncommon and can cause pain and irritation. A canker sore is another common cause of pain on the tongue. Other, less common reasons for tongue pain include cancer, anemia, oral herpes, and irritating dentures or braces.

White Tongue
A white tongue is usually a result of smoking or drinking alcohol. White lines or bumps may be an inflammation. A white tongue could also be a result of poor oral hygiene, or from an underlying condition, such as hepatitis C or allergies.

Yellow Tongue
A yellow tongue may indicate jaundice, gallbladder or liver problem. Usually, a yellow tongue is harmless and temporary. Good oral hygiene is the best treatment for a yellow tongue.

Black Hairy Tongue
Papillae grow on your tongue throughout your life. Daily mouth activities, tobacco products, antibiotics, and cancer drugs contribute to a black hairy tongue. Good oral hygiene usually resolves the problem without medical treatment. Despite its startling appearance, a black hairy tongue is another harmless condition that involves the papillae.

Geographic Tongue
Geographic tongue is named for its map-like appearance. A geographic tongue may be sensitive to certain substances, but the condition is harmless. While the cause of geographic tongue is unclear, genetics may play a role in its development.

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