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