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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 more
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
Tongues can: Have morphological differences in appearance / shape. Best to be evaluated by your dentist, but I would guess you're fine. Hope this helps. ...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
Yes: Salsa has very spicy ingredients that would cause the reaction you are having. Nothing to worry about. Be well. ...Read more
I can split my tongue down the middle yet it looks normal and performs normally as well. This some sort of defect?
I am assuming you mean there is a fissure
in the middle of your tongue
it has always been that way and your tongue is
of normal appearance.....It is what it is
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.
Not usually: Not usually. If you have any symptoms, have your doc or an oral surgeon look at it. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
Yes: The larger bumps in the back of the tongue forming a row are called the circumvallate papillae. They are one of the structures that provide taste. ...Read more
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
If your tongue is normal appearing during the day and is furry in the am, you need to make sure to brush your tongue gently but thoroughly. If you have reflux, take your reflux medications and follow your reflux precautions.
See your dentist every 6 months for a dental check up and cleaning. ...Read more
Make sure to brush your tongue, gently but thoroughly am and pm.
Also see your dentist about every 6 months for dental check up and cleaning. ...Read more
Usually: White tongue is a coating of debris, bacteria and dead cells on your tongue that makes it look white. Although the appearance of white tongue may be alarming, the condition is usually harmless and temporary. However, white tongue can be an indication of some serious conditions, ranging from infection to a precancerous condition. If you're concerned about a white coating call your dentist. ...Read more
What is normal?: Tongues have various types of taste buds scattered about which change the architecture. If you have concerns about yours, perhaps visit a dentist and get a consultation b. ...Read more
Tough Question: I would think it all depends on why it was swollen. ...Read more
Possibly: They may simply be taste buds have your physician look at your tongue. ...Read more
Not healthy: Does your tongue hurt? If not, it may be a heavy build up of plaque (bacteria) on the tongue. A tongue scraper is very effective to remove it. It will bring the pink color back and make your breath better. A toothbrush will remove some of it, but a scraper works best and has less gagging with it. ...Read more
Not likely: The peace of mind justifies the time and expense of a medical evaluation. See your health care provider. ...Read more
I have noticed back of tongue there are big and small lumps at back of and back (on side) of tongue. Is that normal?
Hello, is it normal to have very small lumps on the front/middle of the tongue and larger ones on the back the same color as the tongue?
Hard to answer: This is hard to tell without seeing them. There are some larger lumps at the back of the tongue that are normal. They are taste buds, There are also normal bumps on front of tongue called papillae. Look at some pictures of bumps on tongue on google and if yours do not look like this then see your doctor or dentist for exam. ...Read more
My daughter fell and split her tongue open it's a nasty cut. I want to know will it heal properly, will her tongue go back to it's normal look?
Yes, but scar.: Tongues usually heal really well unless the cut went all the way through at one of the edges leaving an unattached piece which should be stitched together pronto. Otherwise, it will be swollen for more than a month and she should only be eating baby foods and nothing hot or spicy. Dehydration can become a problem if she's not drinking. Milkshakes or ensure can provide nutrition. ...Read more
Got sores on my tongue they have been occurring normally when I don't eat but they have become persistent now even if I eat twice a day. Causes?
Difficult to tell:
In this forum, your symptoms and possible causes are very hard to determine without actually seeing the sores (are they red, white or ulcerated)? Are they flat or elevated? Are they single or clustered?
Possible causes: infection, vitamin deficiency, medical issue, allergic reaction, trauma etc.
See a dentist for their expert evaluation. ...Read more
Can you tell me how a normal tongue should look? Do people have different tongue? I've got geographic tongue. How long does it grow? The tongue? :)
Variable: Geographic tongue is s benign, painless, inflammatory condition that is usually self-limiting. It will come and go in its own. Treatment is not necessary. If symptoms of burning develop, contact your dentist. Normal tongue should be light pink with small pink-red "bumps" on sides and tip, larger ones in the back. Underside (ventral) should be wet and smooth with drapes of pink tissue. ...Read more
2.5m old has active tongue (sticks it out a lot, smacks) and is starting to have trouble first taking a bottle (BF and bottlefed) gags often. Normal?
My tongue looks like it has a cut in the middle its deep but it doesn't hurt and I don't remember if its there all my life or recent. Is this normal?
Normal fissure: It most likely is a normal midline fissure. ...Read more
Awaken with left side of tongue swollen, stuck to side of check. Affects speech. Back to normal within a few hours. Happened x3 in a couple of months?
Have exam: This sounds like a small gland (like a sweat gland) on the side of the tongue might have a clogged duct which causes the swelling which then subsides as the duct slowly allows the fluid to drain. See an oral surgeon. ...Read more
No and yes.: "Tags" under the tongue are not normal and certainly could be a sign of human papilloma virus infection. An oral surgeon can inject one or two with local anesthesia, snip them off and submit them for histologic examination (a biopsy). This will answer the question of exactly what they are and then the proper treatment will be clear. Good luck. L ...Read more
Depends: check w DMD: There are red bumps on the top rear of a normal tongue called vallate papillae. They look different from the rest of the anatomy of that part of the tongue. However, without seeing the patient we can't be sure that's what you are referring to. Have a dentist check it out to be sure! ...Read more