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Unusually Smooth Tongue Surface
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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, b vitamin including b12, riboflavin (b2), b6, or niacin. Other causes as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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