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A 32-year-old member asked:

i have a crack straight down the middle and a couple more on the side of my tongue. what is going on?

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Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
Nothing: Those are normal fissures in a normal tongue.
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.

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Has anyone heard of or suffered from burning mouth?

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What could cause white spots or stains on my teeth?

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What can cause a coffee-colored coat on my tongue?

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Black hairy tongue: It is a condition caused by lengthening of the filiform papilla of the tongue. This in turn can cause it to become stained easily by coffee, food or tobacco. It can also occur after taking pepto-bismol or can be a side effect from taking penicillin. Certain types of bacteria and yeast can also be a factor.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the mucocele under the tounge?

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Cyst: A mucocele is a mucous retention cyst that can occur in any area of the mouth where there are minor salivary glands. It occurs when the duct is severed from the gland or the duct is blocked and saliva pools under the soft tissue. A rather large type of mucocele, called a ranula, can also occur under the tongue. This involves one of the major salivary glands in this area.

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