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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Smooth Tongue (Overview)

No papilla no tongue. Abnormal. See an oral surgeon.


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What's smooth tongue from?

What's smooth tongue from?

Several causes: The technical term is atrophic glossitis or bald tongue. It is caused by the absence of papilla which are the small bumps that cover the tongue. Diabetes, anemia, celiac disease and certain nutritional deficiencies are common causes as are anti-cancer drugs. It can also be caused by an inherited nerve disorder called riley-day syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
4 doctors shared insights

Smooth Tongue (Overview)

No papilla no tongue. Abnormal. See an oral surgeon.


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My tongue is a white colour and i don't know how to get rid of it?

Probably normal: Having a white coating on the tongue surface is usually just debris caught in the papillae (bumps) of the surface. Scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper regularly can reduce this. Another possibility is that you have a fungal infection of your mouth and the white coating is fungal growth. In that case you need to be treated with an anti-fungal medication. See your dentist to find out. ...Read more

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What's smooth tongue from?

Several causes: The technical term is atrophic glossitis or bald tongue. It is caused by the absence of papilla which are the small bumps that cover the tongue. Diabetes, anemia, celiac disease and certain nutritional deficiencies are common causes as are anti-cancer drugs. It can also be caused by an inherited nerve disorder called riley-day syndrome. ...Read more

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I just want a normal smooth tongue like everyone else. What can I do?

I just want a normal smooth tongue like everyone else.  What can I do?

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

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I have a smooth tongue at the back but, its green and pappillae are present at the front. At the smooth patch there is also small bumbs?

Green tongue: As with any pathology or deviation from the normal, i suggest that you have your tongue evaluated by an oral maxillofacial surgeon or by an oral pathologist. You did not mention whether you had pain, but if so, i urge you to not delay for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I need help red smooth patch on tongue, what is this?

I need help red smooth patch on tongue, what is this?

Red Smooth Patch: My best guess would be something called geographic tongue. I said a "guess". While you could "google" it and see if the adjacent photo looks like what you have, we can't diagnose these things over the internet (nor should you!). If you are smart, you will visit your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. Then your own dentist can discuss whatever you need to know about your condition. ...Read more

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How can you get a cracked tongue smooth again?

How can you get a cracked tongue smooth again?

Normal: Fissured tongue is a perfectly normal anatomic variation. It requires no treatment at all. ...Read more

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What is missing on the smooth areas on the tongue?

Papillae: The tongue has bumps on it called papillae. Sometimes these shrink and you get smooth areas of the tongue. This is called atrophic glossitis. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue not smooth?

Not supposed to be: The surface is covered with little bumps (filliform papillae) which contain taste buds. In the back are bigger bulge-y bumps (vallate papillae). A smooth tongue (bald) is an abnormal finding, a sign of (often) nutritional deficiency, e.g. Iron, folate, (folic acid) b vitamin including b12, riboflavin (b2), b6, or niacin. Other causes as well. ...Read more

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There is a smooth area on the tongue. What could it be?

There is a smooth area on the tongue. What could it be?

Variant of normal: It's not uncommon to have these bald or smooth areas on your tongue. It may be in one spot or several and may even vary from time to time. One such condition is called geographic tongue. It is completely benign and nothing to be concerned about. These areas lack the normal papillae of the tongue. It's always best to have a dentist take a look just to be sure. ...Read more

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I have a smooth patch growing on tongue. What is it and what can I do?

I have a smooth patch growing on tongue. What is it and what can I do?

See your dentist: Often an oral surgeon has the best experience with oral lesions. If your dentist is not comfortable with diagnosing your condition, he or she may send you to a surgeon. ...Read more

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Smooth, pale patches on tongue. What could this be?

Smooth, pale patches on tongue. What could this be?

Geographic tongue: This condition manifests itself in a percentage of the population. It is usually not painful and is so named because it changes and looks similar to a map. If painful, see a dentist as it could be a vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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Bit tongue sun now it has smooth sore lump on tongue. Will it heal on its own.? Should I have got stitches?

Bit tongue sun now it has smooth sore lump on tongue.  Will it heal on its own.?  Should I have got stitches?

It will heal.: The tongue is very vascular which helps with healing. Sometimes from the trauma, it may result in a fibroma which will need to be removed, but is not a big deal. ...Read more

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Swollen tongue with smooth ridges around tip/side of tongue,red small bumps all the way on back of tongue & both tonsils are swollen big?no pain

Swollen tongue with smooth ridges around tip/side of tongue,red small bumps all the way on back of tongue & both tonsils are swollen big?no pain

Normal variant: Tongue shape and color can change constantly throughout day based on your stress level diet activity etc according to traditional Chinese Medicine. You may have eaten something that causes inflammation and if you aren't having shortness of breath or pain I would watch it. ...Read more

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I have a red smooth patch on my tongue that won't go away and a white skin tag that keeps growing back? Is this tongue cancer

Please seek an eval: A red patch or skin tag on the tongue could be inidcative of many different underlying diagnoses. Some are benign like geographic tongue or median rhomboid glossitis and others can be dysplastic. Please seek an evaluation with your general dentist or an oral surgeon to rule out pathology. ...Read more

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I ate sour patch kids about a month ago and ever since have noticed a smooth area on my tongue that is painful when eating certain foods or using toothpaste- just had baby. Related to food? Postpartum?roof of mouth has areas that seem slightly raw'

I ate sour patch kids about a month ago and ever since have noticed a smooth area on my tongue that is painful when eating certain foods or using toothpaste- just had baby. Related to food? Postpartum?roof of mouth has areas that seem slightly raw'

Sour patch: Doubtful that it is related to candy. Please see your dentist about denuded sensitive areas. Referral to Oral Surgeon or Periodontist may be in order. Consultation with your OBGyn (congratulations, by the way) may be in order. ...Read more

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Tip of tongue suddenly soft/smooth. What could cause this sensation?

Tip of tongue suddenly soft/smooth. What could cause this sensation?

Needs to be seen: It's not what it could be, it's what it actually is. This would need to be personally seen by a dentist in order to know what, if anything, needs to be done. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me is your tongue supposed to be smooth?

Can anyone tell me is your tongue supposed to be smooth?

Tongue texture: The term "smooth" is relative. There is a wide range of "normal". It should be not as smooth as glass nor as rough as extra coarse sandpaper. See your own dentist to determine the health and normalcy of your tongue (as well as all your teeth and the rest of the soft tissues of your mouth). ...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