What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health

Do you ever wonder why your physician asks you to show them your tongue even when you go with an aching stomach?

That’s because your tongue can do a lot more than just taste, and swallow; it can provide your physician with detailed insight into your overall health.

The shape of your tongue, its texture, and its color can be indicative of serious health problems and nutritional deficiencies in your body.

If your tongue is anything but the natural pink like it’s supposed to be, this blog will help you determine what’s wrong.
Look out for these signs:

White Patches or Coating on the Tongue

If your tongue seems to have a layer of white substance all the time, this could be a sign of oral thrush—a type of yeast infection caused by the overgrowth of Candida albicans. It usually happens when you’re on antibiotics, you have a weak immune system, or if you’re simply not in the habit of brushing your tongue while brushing your teeth. In elderly people, white patches or coating on the tongue can also be a sign of dry mouth—a common side effect of some medications. This condition can be treated by regularly rinsing your mouth with an anti-fungal mouth wash.

Deep Red Tongue

A deep red tongue is a common symptom of Kawasaki disease; however, it may also indicate a deficiency of Vitamin B-12, or folic acid. You can see your physician for suitable vitamin supplements.

Deep red spots or grooves in a map-like shape that heal at one spot and shift to the other, can also mean that you have a “geographic tongue”. Though this condition may appear dangerous because of the ever-shifting lesions, it doesn’t lead to any health complications.

Consistent Red Lesions or Sores

Many people confuse red sores with canker sores that usually appear at the bottom of the gums. If you observe a red patch or sore on the top of your tongue that has been there at the same spot for more than two weeks, it could be indicative of tongue cancer. Consumption of tobacco, nicotine, and alcohol are major contributors of oral cancer. It’s best to see your physician immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

If you see any abnormalities in the appearance of your tongue, we’d recommend you see a dentist for a thorough oral inspection and accurate diagnosis. Get an appointment for same day dental care in Germantown at Advanced Dental Center. We’ve been offering impeccable dental care and high-quality dental services to adults and children for over 15 years. For more information, call us at (301) 353-8890.