Here at Advanced Dentistry of Long Island, we are dedicated to your complete oral health. And one part of the mouth that most people don’t think about is the tongue. While tongue issues aren’t common, your tongue is very important part of your mouth, helping you to taste, chew, swallow, and speak.
So, keep in mind that if you experience swelling, color changes, changes in texture or issues with tasting your food, it’s important to let us know.
Here are some serious tongue problems that you should be aware of:
- Tongue Ulcers: these are sores on your tongue that can range in color from yellow, white or grey. The causes of tongue ulcers range from poor oral care, canker sores or infection.
- Sore Tongue: a sore tongue can be very annoying, interfering with your ability to speak and eat in comfort. Smoking, canker sores, or even accidentally biting your tongue can cause sore tongue.
- Tongue Infections: yes, it happens! Tongue infections are very painful.
- Tongue Herpes: the herpes virus, the same virus that causes cold sores, can also affect your tongue causing pain and irritation.
- Coating on Tongue: when the tongue has a white coating it is a sign of swelling. Food debris, bacteria or dead cells can cause it.
- Swollen Tongue: a swollen tongue can be the sign of infection, an allergy, a skin condition, and more.
- White Patches on The Tongue: This condition is often oral thrush, also known as candida. However, another condition characterized by thick white patches on your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, and the bottom of your mouth is called Leukoplakia and is considered to be an early sign of cancer.
- Geographic Tongue: smooth red patches with raised borders on the tongue. This condition is superficial and not a threat to your health.
- Burning Tongue Syndrome: aptly named, burning tongue syndrome is burning pain in your mouth that lasts for many days. marked by a burning pain in the mouth that can last for days.
- Black Hairy Tongue: it sounds a lot worse than it is. Black Hairy Tongue is normally a temporary condition where the tongue appears to have a black hairy appearance. It usually goes away on its own.
- Numb Tongue: Numb tongue can occur when there has been damage to your nervous system.
- Cancer of the Tongue: Cancer of the tongue area is usually first noticed as a lump on your tongue or a thickening of the tongue surface. Other signs are a feeling that something is caught in your throat, problems with chewing or swallowing, ear pain, difficulty moving your jaw or tongue, and numbness.
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions of the tongue, please feel free to call the office immediately at 516-921-8010 to get your questions answered. To make an appointment quickly, you can also fill in the form to the right. We are here for you!