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What should the underside of your tongue look like?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Smooth wet colorful: The tissues of the floor of the mouth include glands/ducts, nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue with smooth cover of mucosa. The blood vessels are superficial, so purplish/blue is common. Fins of tissue (plica) are like ribbons near the ducts of the saliva glands. An oral anatomy textbook at your library can give great photos.
Dr. John K Sullivan
Dentistry 37 years experience
Pink: You will usually see color variations of pink under your tongue. Darker areas can appear blue, and those are often the veins that sit below your tongue. If you see anything that concerns you, see your dentist!

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does herpes of the tongue look like?

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Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Fluid filled blister: The herpes infection begins as a cluster of painful fluid filled blisters that then ulcerate. The ulcers look like a red ring with a yellowish center. This is often associated with a primary herpetic infection. The virus will continue to live in your body and you may experience periodic flare ups of the infection.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is hairy tongue looking like?

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Dr. Reid Winick
Dentistry 33 years experience
Black hairy tongue: The tongue can have a black orating on it.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What does cancer on the tongue look like?

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Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry 38 years experience
Oral lesions that: Are cancerous can be red, white, pink, dark brown, ulcerated, raised or flat, irregular or well circumscribed, ulcerated, smooth, etc. If you have concerns or you can see a suspicious lesion in or around your mouth, please seek an exam w your dentist or an oral surgeon very soon.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Do I have hairy tongue? Not sure. What does hairy tongue look like?

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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 39 years experience
Dark,long tastebuds: Hairy tongue happens when some of the taste buds on the top of the tongue get very long and discolored. The discolorations can come from food, tobacco and/or bacteria. Using a tongue cleaner over the affected area several times a day for several days can sometimes help.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

What does herpes look like under tongue or is it possible for it to be under the tongue

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Probably not herpes: This is an unusual location for herpes. If you don't have painful sores, herpes is unlikely. See a doctor if you remain concerned.

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