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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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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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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 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 bumps: These may be normal papilla on the tongue Best to be checked by your dentist or even an ENT physician to tell you if they are normal or if they need to be treated ...Read more

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17 old i smoked 6 month ecig and very rarely used snus my hard palate is white my gums surface isnt smooth and white points i have quit. mouth cancer?

17 old i smoked 6 month ecig and very rarely used snus my hard palate is white my gums surface isnt smooth and white points i have quit. mouth cancer?

Very doubtful: mouth cancer is very rare at your age. I would have to visualize your mouth and feel with a gloved fingers to render a proper opinon, but the skin in the mouth changes very rapidly and it is likely to resolve on its own. ...Read more

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The roof of my mouth feels unusually smooth, ihave a sore throat and ive been having headaches. Im curious as to what my sickness is. Sick for 2 days.

The roof of my mouth feels unusually smooth, ihave a sore throat and ive been having headaches. Im curious as to what my sickness is. Sick for 2 days.

Diagnosis: A proper diagnosis cannot be done over the internet . This requires a medical history and at least a clinical exam, not to mention possible diagnostic tests. ...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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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Smooth Tongue (Definition)

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