Open your mouth and look at your tongue. It may sound strange, but your tongue can tell you a lot about your health. For example, a black and hairy tongue indicates poor oral hygiene and diabetes. If your tongue is bright red like a strawberry, it could indicate a deficiency of folic acid, vitamin B12, or iron. But it means sore throat and fever.
Is your tongue full of red and white spots? This can be a clear sign that your taste buds are wearing down. If you’ve eaten a box of Sour Patch Kids every day for the past five years or popped a slice of pizza right out of the oven, chances are you’ve been a victim of oral thrush. Fortunately, it’s quite common and your taste buds are getting rejuvenated.
So next time you leave the bathroom, wipe the mirror, open your mouth, and check your tongue. You might be surprised at what you find!
Here are some additional facts about what your tongue says about your health:
If you see white spots on your tongue
These white patches on your tongue can indicate an overgrowth of oral candida, yeast, or thrush. Try brushing your tongue regularly for a week to see if it’s an oral hygiene problem. If the spotting persists, it may be caused by Candida overgrowth. This condition can be treated with antifungal medication.
Your tongue is black and hairy
A black, hairy tongue can have several causes, including yeast infection, diabetes, cancer treatment, and poor oral hygiene. A build-up of dead skin cells on the papillae of the tongue gives it a hairy appearance. In this case, it is not necessary to seek medical attention; Simply maintain excellent oral hygiene and brush your tongue regularly (with a tongue scraper if necessary) and the problem should not persist.
You have red and white patches on your tongue
Nothing is happening here! The red and white spots on your tongue are just signs of wear and tear on your taste buds. It is common and does not require any treatment.
Your tongue is abnormally red
A red tongue can indicate a deficiency in folic acid, B12, or iron, or fever or sore throat. A red tongue is not a disease in itself, but an indication of your health. All of these symptoms are easy treatments that require supplements or medication.
If your tongue is blind or wrinkled
A braided or streaky appearance is caused by the immune system attacking cells and often indicates an inflammatory condition called oral lichen planus. Although lichen planus is not contagious, it is important to monitor the condition because of the risk of developing oral cancer. The best way to treat this disease is to take good care of your teeth and avoid smoking and foods that irritate your mouth.
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A bump is formed when the teeth press against the tongue. This usually happens during sleep. Fortunately, back pain does not require any treatment and disappears over time.
You see a bump on your tongue
A bump on your tongue is likely an ulcer or cold sore. These can be caused by many things, including bites, smoking, and stress sores. These bumps do not require medical attention; Instead, try home remedies like gargling with warm salt water, chewing mint leaves, and eating bland, cold foods (like yogurt). Avoid foods that may cause a reaction (fatty foods like French fries) and take care of your teeth. If necessary, make an appointment with your dentist and discuss the situation.