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Doctor insights on: What Is Missing On The Smooth Areas On The Tongue

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What is missing on the smooth areas on the tongue?

What is missing on the smooth areas on the tongue?

Papillae: The tongue has bumps on it called papillae. Sometimes these shrink and you get smooth areas of the tongue. This is called atrophic glossitis. ...Read more

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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Why is my tongue not smooth?

Why is my tongue not smooth?

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, (folic acid) b vitamin including b12, riboflavin (b2), b6, or niacin. Other causes as well. ...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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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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I have a smooth patch growing on tongue. What is it and what can I do?

I have a smooth patch growing on tongue. What is it and what can I do?

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

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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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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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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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Smooth, pale patches on tongue. What could this be?

Smooth, pale patches on tongue. What could this be?

Geographic tongue: This condition manifests itself in a percentage of the population. It is usually not painful and is so named because it changes and looks similar to a map. If painful, see a dentist as it could be a vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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How can you get a cracked tongue smooth again?

How can you get a cracked tongue smooth again?

Normal: Fissured tongue is a perfectly normal anatomic variation. It requires no treatment at all. ...Read more

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What can cause tongue to feel smooth with a bloody/metallic taste?

What can cause tongue to feel smooth with a bloody/metallic taste?

Tongue: A cause of a bloody or metallic taste may be bleeding gums from periodontal disease. Vitamin or mineral deficiencies may be a cause of your smooth tongue and the change in taste. I would recommend seeing both your dentist and primary care doctor and have everything checked ...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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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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My permanent/bonded retainer rubs up and scrapes against my tongue. None of the bonds are gone. Can it be smoothed out with some more of that glue?

My permanent/bonded retainer rubs up and scrapes against my tongue.  None of the bonds are gone.  Can it be smoothed out with some more of that glue?

Bonded retainer: Should be evaluated at each regular dental examination. If there is any question about integrity, or if there is any discomfort (as you are currently experiencing), you should return to original provider for repair, replacement, or removal. ...Read more

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I have a painless, smooth red patch on my tongue, as seenin my profile picture. What is it?

I have a painless, smooth red patch on my tongue, as seenin my profile picture. What is it?

Possibly Geographic: Geographic tongue is not "normal", but rather a benign, usually, but not always painless, inflammatory process that alters normal tongue anatomy. It can come and go in its own. It will go away without treatment, but can and often will return. It is not contagious. Treatment is not necessary unless symptoms of burning develop, contact your dentist. ...Read more

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My tongue has many patchy areas in it where it looks like my taste buds are missing. It stings a lot and this is a reoccurring thing.

My tongue has many patchy areas in it where it looks like my taste buds are missing. It stings a lot and this is a reoccurring thing.

Could be: Could be many things, the most probable being benign migratory glossitis. Please see your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon when lesions are active for accurate diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment. ...Read more

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