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A 46-year-old member asked:

i have a crack straight down the middle and a couple more on the side of my tongue. is my oral health bad?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Need Consultation: The tongue has natural grooves. Your situation may be normal or may be telling you that you need to brush your tongue.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Variation of normal?: What you're describing could be normal, or a variety of "fissured-tongue" which usually requires no treatment. If there is brown, yellow, grey or whitish coloring; you need to use your tongue scraper more effectively. Have your dentist look at it at your next 6-month visit; sooner if it hurts, bleeds, or swells. Good luck :).
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Fissured tongue: Fissured tongue is a benign condition characterized by deep grooves (fissures) in the tongue. Although these grooves may look unsettling, the condition is usually painless. Some individuals may complain of an associated burning sensation however.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Fissured Tongue: is considered a common, benign condition with no treatment needed. If concerned, ask your dentist for more information at your next cleaning appointment.
Dr. Anthony Marra
Dentistry 11 years experience
Geographic Tongue: Fissured Tongue or Geographical is normal but your are more likely to get bacteria trapped in these grooves, which could create issues such as infections or bacterial growth. Make sure to always brush your tongue or use a tongue scrapper to clean the area well. Do decrease the likelihood for an infection visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and exam.

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