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Doctor insights on: Chewing On Your Tongue

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a small white soar on my tongue that I got after getting chewing tobaco on it. I have only used it 5-10 times in 6th months. Odds of cancer?

I have a small white soar on my tongue that I got after getting chewing tobaco on it. I have only used it 5-10 times in 6th months. Odds of cancer?

Quit tobacco: No good ever came from using tobacco. Quit using it. If the sore on the tongue does not heal in a couple of weeks, see a doctor. It is not likely to be cancer. I repeat, quit using tobacco and abstain from alcohol. ...Read more

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