What Your Tongue Might Be Telling You About Your Health. Let’s take a look at what your tongue is telling you.
A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern. A number of diseases can show up on your tongue.
Bright Red Tongue:
Could mean you have a vitamin deficiency. A glossy, bright red tongue may be a sign your body is lacking iron or B12.
Brown or Black Tongue:
Could mean you don’t have the best oral hygiene or tongue health. May look nasty but not really a health concern. But can cause bad breath or taste abnormalities. Removing the offending cause, like smoking, and brushing the tongue or using a tongue scraper, may be all you need.
Lumpy White Coated Tongue:
Could mean you have a yeast infection. Also called Thrush, which might cause taste disturbances or a bit of pain, can also occur in those with weakened immune systems. Usually happens after taking an antibiotic. A salt water rinse to help ease the symptoms of the yeast infection and clean out the mouth. If you suspect you might have thrush, see your doctor.
Wrinkles On Your Tongue:
As we get older we many get wrinkles in our tongue, which is natural. Fissures and cracks in the tongue are typically harmless, but problems can arise if poor dental hygiene leads to infection within the crevices.
Small White Patches:
It may mean something is irritating your mouth. If they don’t go away in a week or two, it’s extremely important to see your dentist, who might recommend a biopsy.
It may mean you are in postmenopausal, or using the wrong toothpaste. Try toothpaste like Sensodyne.
May mean your are stressed. Also called canker sores usually subside and eventually disappear within two weeks. They’re not contagious. Just make sure it’s not a cold sore, which is an extremely contagious sore (caused by the herpes simplex virus) that typically appears on the lips. Canker sores appear on the soft tissues inside the mouth, while a cold sore usually shows up on the outside of the mouth. A canker sore is an ulcer and a cold sore is a blister.
Red Lesions or patches.
It could mean you have tongue cancer. Be sure to read: 13 Silent Signs of Oral Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore
Always check with your doctor or dentist if you have problems with your tongue. While most problems can be solved over time some can mean very severe problems.