A 36-year-old female asked:
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my daughter received retainers now he has big red bumps on the back of her tongue , she says they don't hurt nor do they itch is this normal?

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Dr. Duane Keller
44 years experience Dentistry
May Be Taste Buds: There are some large taste buds on the back of the tongue. If they look the same on both sides and there are no problems, i would recommend you watch them and bring them to the attention of your dentist or orthodontist at your next visit. They are probably nothing to worry about.
Answered on Apr 17, 2016
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Dr. David Gisborne
Specializes in Dentistry
Probably normal: The bumps you have observed are probably what are called circumvallate papillae. These are normal anatomic structures. Their function is related to taste.
Answered on Nov 25, 2014
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Probably normal: Everyone has a line of big red bumps, the circumvallate papillae, on the back of their tongues. Perfectly normal. However, not being able to see the location of the bumps on your daughter's tongue over the computer, my advice would be to have the orthodontist take a look to assure normalcy. It will give you peace of mind.
Answered on Oct 28, 2015

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