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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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