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Geographic To Gue
No cure: There is no cure. Only treatment of symptoms. This is a benign lesion and quite common. Some people need to avoid certain foods that are too spicy or salty. Others may benefit from a medicated mouthwash, but in the majority of cases, no treatment at all is neccessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dental: why is it so difficult to find in stores a tongue scraper to rid the tongue of bacteria vs. Using a toothbrush to swirl bacteria?
Geographic tongue: Geographic tongue per se does not cause bad breath. See your dentist for an exam and evaluation to see what's causing your bad breath. There are also medical issues that can cause this. For some general information see: http://smilesapartcosmeticdentist.Com/fresh-breath-control.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is geographic tongue permanent or will it go away? How long will this geographic tongue last or is this permanent illness?
Normal Finding: Geographic tongue is quite common and needs no treatment. The "map-like" pattern it gets it's name from will change and wax and wane over time and this is also nothing to worry about at all. It is basically patchy areas of the tongue where the normal pappilla simply disappear for a while. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GERD Aggravates It: Gerd is probably not the cause of geographic tongue, but stomach acids in the mouth can aggravate your tongue condition. Acidic/spicy foods can have the same effect. There's really no treatment for geographic tongue. The signs will come and go, but they'll never disappear completely. Avoid foods/drinks which are uncomfortable. That's about all you can do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Geographic tongue: is a benign condition affecting the surface of your tongue. Although geographic tongue may look bad, it is harmless. In some cases patient may experience discomfort or burning sensation related to a certain foods. It is idiopathic (not known) permanent condition and no treatment is available. Stress could be a factor, but not a cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Normal: It's also called migratory glossitis. It has a slight female predilection. There are two types of structures on the tongue. Filliform and fungiform papillae. The former tend to wear away faster than the later. There is no worry about 1-2% of the population have it. Not a contagious condition and no treatment is necessary. That's the quick answer. Don't worry about it as there is no treatment. ...Read more
Possibly: There are a number of reasons for bad breath- one being a coated tongue, using a tongue scraper or brushing your tongue would help remove the film. Other reasons include what you ate and acid reflux, and the most common gingivitis/periodontitis (gum disease) due to plaque building up under the gums. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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