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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Can chewing on your tongue cause cancer?

Can chewing on your tongue cause cancer?

Generally no: It is more likely to cause a fibroma which is benign. It can also cause white plaques, or keratinized areas that usually require other etiologic factors, like tobacco or alcohol, to contribute to cancerous lesions. That being said, see your dentist to get info on stopping this bad habit! ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Martin Hirsch
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What does it mean when someone chews on their tongue ? Nerves or something physical ?

What does it mean when someone chews on their tongue ? Nerves or something physical ?

Nerves: Some questions are almost too foolish to answer. I do not know of anything physical that would cause tongue chewing other than grinding and clenching your teeth causing a scalloping of your tongue border making it easier to catch between your teeth. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Board Certified, Dentistry
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I'm wondering why can't i stop chewing my tongue?

I'm wondering why can't i stop chewing my tongue?

Habit: It's most likely just a bad habit that requires determination and will power to stop. However, without actually examining you, we can't help much more. See a dentist for a personal evaluation and if you feel stress, anxiety or other emotional issue is a contributing factor, speak to your own physician for a referral to someone who can help you in this regard. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Spector
Board Certified, Orthodontics
34 years in practice
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It hurts to chew my food and my whole tongue hurts?

It hurts to chew my food and my whole tongue hurts?

Oral Discomfort: This is a difficult question to answer without a thorough oral examination. Tongue discomfort may be caused by a myriad of issues. Did you recently eat any very spicy or hot (temperature) foods? Your symptoms may also be caused by herpetic lesions, canker sores, or tongue biting. Please meet with your dentist or an oral surgeon immediately for an oral examination and oral cancer screening! ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Could chewing a lot of gum cause your tongue to swell?

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

Of course: Most people accidentally bite their tongues while chewing. At this point your tongue will tend to swell slightly making it easier to bite it again ans swell some more. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Stern
Board Certified, Dentistry
43 years in practice
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I feel like something is stuck on the right back side of tongue. No pain. Cant see anything. I chew a lot of gum.

I feel like something is stuck on the right back side of tongue. No pain. Cant see anything. I chew a lot of gum.

Get it checked: Get this area professionally examined promptly! either a ENT md, dds or dmd should be seen to rule out abnormalities! ...Read more

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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Problems with chewing my tongue in my sleep?

Problems with chewing my tongue in my sleep?

Difficult problem: The exact reason why people chew their tongue in sleep is not known. It is likely that the cause maybe anxiety or other stress reaction, medication side effect, response to tongue injury. If you are doing this habitually then using a gum gaurd may help. These are used by athletes to protect the mouth. Hypnosis ( by a licensed provider) and acupuncture may help. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Board Certified, Dentistry
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I hav a habit of biting/chewing on my tongue sometime. I stop but I have noticed that I do it a lot more lately. Why is this? Is it a way to stop?

I hav a habit of biting/chewing on my tongue sometime. I stop but I have noticed that I do it a lot more lately. Why is this? Is it a way to stop?

Habits: If awareness of the problem and determination to stop is insufficient, you will need to explore methods of stopping either with a biobehaviorist or a therapist. Habits often reflect daily stress , which if reduced, may help. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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Hello, right underneath my tongue is purple and it hurts, but not while I an chewing only when my tongue is at rest does it hurt?

Hello, right underneath my tongue is purple and it hurts, but not while I an chewing only when my tongue is at rest does it hurt?

Vein: If it's purple it's probably a superficial vein with some inflammation due to varicosity or clot. It'sost likely not dangerous but any new lump in the mouth needs to be checked in person by your doctor ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Hirsch
Board Certified, Dentistry
43 years in practice
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Would it be abnormal that i chew my tongue when i smell or see carpet?

No: Are you strange? Why do you chew your tongue near carpeting? How do you get around in this world where many facilities are carpeted? ...Read more

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