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No matter how much I scrape my tongue, I can't get the layer of white stuff off.  is this normal?

No matter how much I scrape my tongue, I can't get the layer of white stuff off.  is this normal?

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

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How to apply orabase on your tongue and what exactly does it do?

How to apply orabase on your tongue and what exactly does it do?

Topical relief: Orabase is an over the counter topical pain reliever. It works by reducing the swelling, itching, and pain that can occur with mouth sores. Dab or press (do not rub) a small amount of paste onto the area to be treated until the paste sticks and a smooth, slippery film develops. A cotton swab may be used to apply the paste. ...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

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What is some information about tongue cancer?

Information: emedicine.medscape.com/article/847428-overview. See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a white/red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth, a sore throat, hoarseness or feeling that something is caught in the throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing/chewing. ...Read more

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Are tongue piercings safe?

Don't know: Its probably ok but thats a long time to wait i would see my dentist and have an evaluation done. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is nail polish toxic to children if they lget some in their tongue?

Is nail polish toxic to children if they lget some in their tongue?

Probably not: Not likely. But how did you get in this situation in the first place? Small amounts of polish are not likely to be toxic if only a one -time deal. ...Read more

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How deadly are tongue piercings?

How deadly are tongue piercings?

Not too deadly: Tongue piercings are not deadly if performed correctly and by experienced individuals. Hygiene is still important, so the area needs to be maintained and cleaned. However, the fixtures in the piercing have been known to be the cause of injuries and damage to teeth. ...Read more

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