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What causes geographic tongue? Is it permanent?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
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In brief: Not really known...

There are several theories that have been proposed for the cause of benign migratory glossitis, aka geographic tongue.
Because the condition looks microscopically similar to the pattern observed in psoriasis, some oral pathologists believe that there may be a common autoimmune cause.

In brief: Not really known...

There are several theories that have been proposed for the cause of benign migratory glossitis, aka geographic tongue.
Because the condition looks microscopically similar to the pattern observed in psoriasis, some oral pathologists believe that there may be a common autoimmune cause.
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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Dr. Harry Ringer
Dentistry

In brief: Geographic Tongue

It could be genetic, it can also be a sign of trauma, possibly associated with sleep apnea ( a whole 'nother keetle of fish), or other conditions.
If it is not causing you discomfort i would not worry but have your dentist evaluate and ask some questions about the possibility of sleep apnea, or others. Also keep the grooves clean by brushing your tongue well. It will avoid infection and odor.

In brief: Geographic Tongue

It could be genetic, it can also be a sign of trauma, possibly associated with sleep apnea ( a whole 'nother keetle of fish), or other conditions.
If it is not causing you discomfort i would not worry but have your dentist evaluate and ask some questions about the possibility of sleep apnea, or others. Also keep the grooves clean by brushing your tongue well. It will avoid infection and odor.
Dr. Harry Ringer
Dr. Harry Ringer
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