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How Much White Is Normal On Tongue
It is normal: The "white stuff" is keratin from the underlying tongue tissue. Also the taste buds in the top part of the tongue are long and "finger-like." the anatomy of the taste buds and this keratin layer can sometimes make the tongue look "hairy." this is completely benign. Scrubbing your tongue is not needed and cause harm. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
White tongue: There are many different causes of white coated tongue, but the most common are: certain foods, inflamed papillae (bacterial inflammation), systemic problems (liver disease). Prevention measures: good oral hygiene, avoid alcohol, tobacco, coffee and visit your dentist for final diagnosis and treatment, if needed. Read more
Can't: This is genetic and cannot be changed... Sorry.. Read more
I can split my tongue down the middle yet it looks normal and performs normally as well. This some sort of defect?
Split tongue: I am assuming you mean there is a fissure in the middle of your tongue if it has always been that way and your tongue is of normal appearance.....It is what it is but if this split is new and you have not seen it before......See an oral surgeon..... Like.......Yesterday! Read more
Is it normal for the back of the tongue to be darker than the front? When I pulled my tongue out I noticed the difference in color.
Why when I stick my tongue out to clean it does it turn a bluish colour? Returns to normal afterwards. Otherwise feel very well. Thanks.
Normal: The bluish hue is from a normal heavy network of veins which become more engorged as you protrude your tongue and empty when you relax it. Read more
White tongue?: All white? No. Slight white coating only on top, maybe. You need to be personally examined. Some white coatings are common and benign while others may reflect oral thrush, leukoplakia, lichen planus, or some other serious conditions. See a local oral surgeon for a diagnosis (and possible biopsy). Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not normal: The build up on your tongue is likely due to the presence of bacterial colonies on the surface of your tongue. If you do not brush your tongue at least twice a day then start. If you brush your tongue regularly then it is possible that it is not effective enough. Go out and purchase a tongue scraper and see if you can clean better. Read more
Why does the surface of my tongue feel dry and rough? It is more in the middle and towards the back. The tip feels pretty much normal.
Varied answers: The tongue of course has many different types of structure that make it up, and some parts can feel different then others. If you think you are having a problem, it is wise to have the tongue examined by a dentist to conclusively determine if every thing is typical or not. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: A pink tongue is normal. See a dentist to determine what is causing your white tongue. It could be a number of things and it requires a medical history and a one on one clinical exam to determine the exact cause. Read more
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