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My doctor as said the tastebuds at the back of my tongue should be ok as they are swollen but i am still concerned?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
This is normal. : Taste buds contain the receptors for taste. They are located around the small structures on the upper surface of the tongue, soft palate, upper esophagus and epiglottis, which are called papillae. They can appear swollen and this is normal. No concerns.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Second opinion: Well they are normally raised. See a dentist for a second opinion.

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