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A 37-year-old female asked:

wondering y the sides of my tongue keep swelling like my. taste buds on the sides?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 14 years experience
Multiple Possibility: This can be as simple as biting your tongue while you sleep, to food allergies, systemic or oral medication side-effects. Pay attention, see if you can find any patterns: when i drink wine at night, my tongue is swollen in the morning, or yes, there is slight pain involved and an area of abrasion present. These other clues will allow a more accurate diagnosis. Additional ?, see your dmd or md.
Dr. Kari Sakurai
Dentistry 32 years experience
Check w your dentist: You may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night and catching the sides of your tongue in the process. Your dentist will check to see if you have a scalloped tongue or rule out other causes such as allergic reaction or a precancerous situation. Your dentist and a physical exam will give you the best diagnosis and treatment options. I hope this helps.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What could be causing the sides of my tongue to swell?

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Dr. Howard Spector
Orthodontics 40 years experience
Tongue Swelling: Often times, medications that cause the mouth to get dry can lead to tongue biting. In addition, people with sleep and snoring issues often bite their tongues when they sleep. Sometimes, you can see crenations on the side of the tongue, which clearly indicate an episode of chewing on the lateral borders of the tongue and/or dry mouth. Try an oral rinse like biotene to relieve your symptoms.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What can cause the taste buds on the tip of your tongue to swell up?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
See dentist: Taste buds are only located on the extreme back and side of the tongue, not on the tip. See your dentist to get the tip of your tongue checked.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Could chewing a lot of gum cause your tongue to swell?

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Tongue swelling: Its possible.

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