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My Tongue Is White And Hurts
Not sure: Please give more details...Any changes in color? Any lesions? Any swelling? There is a condition called burning mouth syndrome that can be quite bothersome. For a good review of this disorder please visit http://www. Nidcr. Nih. Gov/oralhealth/topics/burning/burningmouthsyndrome. Htm. ...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
IDK: How long has this been going on for? Where exactly does it hurt? Does the pain linger? Are you aware of any other medical or dental symptoms? A few things come to mind: sore throat from allergies, post nasal drip, bacterial or viral infection? Swollen glands? Inflammation or infection from lower back tooth? Sore\ulcer on tongue that you cannot see? If it continues, see your dentist. ...Read more
Not sure without an examination. It may have more damage than a simple burn.
See your dentist or an ENT specialist for an examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I am not aware of anything that causes pain in the tongue. Can you be more specific about what kind of pain, and what you ate?
You could have a small taste bud which is degenerating and causing a little pain, or you could also have a canker sore. ...Read more
Tongue: Infection may cause tongue pain. Some people are clenchers at night which can cause local tongue trauma. You should check it out ...Read more
I would guess: Just think about how much it hurts to bite your tongue. Tongue splitting is generally done by non-medical personal that may not have any medical training. They cannot prescribe anything for pain other than over the counter medications. Probably ibuprofen. Not a recommended procedure due to possible nerve damage and infection. ...Read more
Biting the soft tissues inside of your mouth is most likely not related to your teeth.
Take smaller bites of food, and chew more slowly.
Once you bite an area it becomes slightly swollen and you tend to bite it again- unfortunately. ...Read more
Been what?: Sorry, your tongue has been what for three weeks? Did you bite it? Have a sore? Three weeks is a long time as the mouth and tongue usually heal quickly. See your dentist to have any sore looked at. ...Read more
A dark brown line has appeared on my daughters tongue. It doesn't hurt but I wondered if it's anything to worry about?
Possible concern: There are different causes for discoloration of the tongue. It can be as simple as a staining from a particular food to something more concerning like a fungal infection. I would recommend that you get her evaluated by her medical provider if it hasn't gone away over the next couple of days. In the meantime you can have her swish and spit with some warm salt water (2 oz water to 1 teaspoon of salt ...Read more
I awake some mornings with an extremely painful tongue. It is just the top that hurts. There is nothing out of the ordinary looking at my tongue.
Burning tongue: A painful tongue can be the result of dry mouth. If you are breathing through your mouth while you sleep the dryness can cause a burning sensation of the tongue. Try using biotene gel to coat your tongue when you go to sleep and see if this helps. If not, have your dentist or ENT check it to be sure there isn't another underlying cause. ...Read more
Avoid traumatizing: If you bit your tongue and do not have an open wound, the trauma to the tongue should resolve quickly. You may want to consider a soft diet and avoidance of any activity that could cause irritation to the tongue as it is recovering. You may also consider using some over the counter meds that can soothe or numb the area as it is recovering. ...Read more
The word "bump".: Most bumps on the tongue are taste buds. But, something that is painful must be addressed. But, the word 'bump' is not in any way descriptive enough to base a valid medical answer for you. Can you describe this better? ...Read more
Tongue pain: Tongue pain - or any oral pain - should be examined by a physician if it is persistent. Most causes are inflammatory, but other causes should be ruled out and in some cases a biopsy may be necessary. ...Read more
Don't bite it:
Is it dry? Does it hurt to move? Is it enlarged? Is it tender?
There is atypical mouth pain syndrome that has not been defined. There can be sores on the tongue that also hurt. We need to know if the pain is affected by tongue movement or by eating. Has it been burned? Have you bitten it? Has it changed color? Does temperature change effect it? We need more information. ...Read more
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
Infection: Tongue rings as well as any " jewlery" in the oral enviroment are prone to collect bacteria around them. The mouth contains thousands of good and bad bacteria which often collect around these artificial surfaces. Sometimes cleaning alone will not remedy this and they must be removed. ...Read more
Give it time:
Tongues usually heal quickly.
Kanka, an over the counter elixir, dabbed on often relieves the pain.
If this lasts too much longer, see your dentist. You may have an infection. ...Read more
Get examined: It could be a number of things including irritation OM rubbing on your teeth, to sensitivity to foods, to other things. Please get it checked by your dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more
Blotchy tongue: A white blotchy tongue with spots of red indicate a condition called geographic tongue. The red spots are tender most likely because they don't have a thick enough protective layer of epithelium / & taste buds. Hot, spicy foods will often be uncomfortable. To get confirmation on this, see your dentist and discuss possible remedies? ...Read more
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