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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

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My tongue looks like I have been chewing on the sides. Noticed 2 weeks ago after eating but still there. Doesn't hurt but concerned?

Yes/no: Yes = due to long term chewing on it can cause a calluses (whitish) which in turn can become precancerous by definition. No = No worries because I have never seen it get to that stage or there are no clinical cases on record that this has happened due to repeated chewing. Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. Http://htap. Us/28qexs 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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Moist inside cheeks, under tongue but top of tongue is constantly very dry (food sticks to it). Chewing xylitol gum doesn't help. Not Sjogrens. Cause?

Not clear: You need to be certain this is not Sjogren's. There are other things to consider such as whether you have something like a yeast of the tongue. Has that been checked out. It could be the reason for the dryness Read more

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Lump above a rotten tooth. I can move it around with my tongue and it hurts to chew. What could it be?

Lump above a rotten tooth. I can move it around with my tongue and it hurts to chew. What could it be?

Abscess!: It sure sounds like an abscess which is an acute infection and requires treatment asap as these types of infections are known to flare up with severe pain and swelling and can spread to other parts of the body causing serious complications. Call and see your dentist today! Read more

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Pain on right side of my head when I chew and swallow it is a sharp pain I can also feel it when I move my tongue around?

TMJ?: Difficult to answer without knowing exact anatomic location however see if temporomandibular joint disorder may be the culprit. 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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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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I have a very small little spot under my tongue that comes when I am chewing food although it is not near a tooth. It is unddr gum and tongue?

I have a very small little spot under my tongue that comes when I am chewing food although it is not near a tooth. It is unddr gum and tongue?

Gland, infection etc: You need to have your dentist look at this. It could be a gland, stopped up salivary duct, infection or a host of other things. The only way to diagnose this is to have a professional look at it and help give you options on what it is and what can be done. If it is a problem you want to address it now and not let it go. Read more

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I've had gastric bypass almost 3 years ago so I either chew my mess or crush them but I have noticed my tongue is getting raw, how can I help this?

I've had gastric bypass almost 3 years ago so I either chew my mess or crush them but I have noticed my tongue is getting raw, how can I help this?

Unrelated: This seems to be unrelated to the bypass, and may be secondary to something you're consuming. Try keeping a log of what you take in, and correlate that to the symptom gettin better or worse. If you're getting worse, or this persists, see your primary care provider for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! Read more