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Doctor insights on: Unusually Smooth Tongue Surface

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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. Austina Cho
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Smooth Tongue (Definition)

No papilla no tongue. Abnormal. ...Read more


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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 unusually smooth, overly grown bumps on my tongue and I've had it ever since I was little can you help me?

I have unusually smooth, overly grown bumps on my tongue and I've had it ever since I was little can you help me?

Tongue Tied??: Go to Google. Enter "tongue," and then go to "images" and look around. Feel better now? Those bumps are probably a normal anatomic variation for you. They are either taste buds or lymph tissue that fights infection, plus any other bumps and valleys peculiar to you. You might want to pay more attention to oral hygiene, like gently brushing your tongue as well as teeth-and rinsing after eating. ...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 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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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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Why does the surface of my tongue feel dry and rough? It is more in the middle and towards the back. The tip feels pretty much normal.

Why does the surface of my tongue feel dry and rough? It is more in the middle and towards the back. The tip feels pretty much normal.

Varied answers: The tongue of course has many different types of structure that make it up, and some parts can feel different then others. If you think you are having a problem, it is wise to have the tongue examined by a dentist to conclusively determine if every thing is typical or not. ...Read more

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