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Tongue splitting freaks?

Tongue splitting freaks?

Exactly: Why would anyone want to do that? I don't think they are seeing a dentist for this procedure so i can't imagine the risk for infection and complication. ...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


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Does geographic tongue usually turn into a fissured tongue?

Does geographic tongue usually  turn into a fissured tongue?

No: While both situations involve the tongue, they do not appear to be related. Fissured tongue is an anatomic variant. Geographic tongue involves desquamation or surface sloughing of the top layer of the tongue. ...Read more

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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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Is Geographic Tongue permanent?

Is Geographic Tongue permanent?

Geographic tongue: Geographic tongue can persist for months or longer and disappear but can recur. ...Read more

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Enlarged tongue help?

Enlarged tongue help?

Enlarged tongue: The tongue is a very interesting organ. It's really nothing more than a large muscle. It tends to accommodate whatever space it is given. It's size is related to your teeth and your bite. Large tongues are usually caused by a large open bite, where the tongue fills the space between the teeth, or also by having no teeth (edentulous) to contain the tongue. It can be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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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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Sores on back tongue, throat area, and under tongue. Only sores under tongue tingle sometimes. Back of tongue slightly patchy white. ?

Sores on back tongue, throat area, and under tongue. Only sores under tongue tingle sometimes. Back of tongue slightly patchy white. ?

Possibly viral: Many types of throat infections can have sores in the mouth/tongue. Viral illnesses may be the most common. strep certainly can causes sores in the throat but patients with that infection are usually more ill with high fevers. Another possibility would by a yeast (thrush) infection which would be treated differently then other infections. Throat culture may be indicated. Seek a medical provider ...Read more

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Can prednisone mouthwash help geographic tongue?

Can prednisone mouthwash help geographic tongue?

It may help symptoms: There is no cure for geographic tongue and there is usually no reason to try and treat it. If you are having sensitivity Prednisone may help decrease some inflammation. ...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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Thrush, and tingling tongue and lips?

Thrush, and tingling tongue and lips?

Its very possible: Hopefully yo are being treated with ananti-fungal such as Nystatin or some other med. ...Read more

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Tongue care: tips on preventing canker sores / geographic tongue?

Tongue care: tips on preventing canker sores / geographic tongue?

2 different problems: Geographic tongue is a physical trait and there isn't anything you can do about it. Like having freckles or moles. Canker sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus from childhood chicken pox. Reducing trauma and stress are the only remedy. If you can figure out how to eliminate stress from your live tell all of the rest of us and become rich and famous. ...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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White tongue and swollen circumvallate papillae?

Fungus?: It's impossible to make a diagnosis based just on one sign. However, the majority of common white lesions of the tongue are fungal. It's usually "candidiasis, " or what you might call "thrush." that's not something that easily goes away by itself. You should see a dentist & get some medication. More importantly, your dentist needs to rule out other problems which are potentially dangerous. Get help. ...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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Cheek biting effect inside of mouth?

Cheek biting effect inside of mouth?

Scarring: Chronic cheek biting will lead to a callous or scar effect on the cheek. It may feel like a little soft lump and may have a whitish discoloration. It has no permanent dysfunction that I am aware of. ...Read more

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Can a tongue scraper get rid of black hairy tongue?

Yes: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by scraping the tongue with a scraper if you are diligent. ...Read more