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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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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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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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What is the best medical treatment for tongue chewing for a child?

What is the best medical  treatment  for tongue  chewing  for a child?

See this website: http://www.tonguechewing.com/ chirodontics acumpuncture, still point technique, orofacial myofunctional therapies are all listed here. It is an informational site...Check it out. ...Read more

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I have a small white dot on the back left side of tongue don't smoke or chew and no alcohol use showed up last night ?

I have a small white dot on the back left side of tongue don't smoke or chew and no alcohol use showed up last night ?

Small white dot: These types of situations require a one on one clinical evaluation by a local dentist. Schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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Will chewing tobacco really give you a hairy tongue? Will hair actually grow?

Will chewing tobacco really give you a hairy tongue? Will hair actually grow?

May contribute to: Smoking or chewing tobacco & poor oral hygiene may contribute to the formation of a black hairy tongue. Hair does not actually grow on your tongue but gives that appearance to some degree as the filiform papillae of your tongue elongate . The use of a tongue blade daily may prevent, eliminate or control this issue. Chewing tobacco can also cause cancer which is more serious! ...Read more

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