The tongue is the least thought organ in our body that is widely known to allow us to taste food and helps us from words. But did you know that there is anything else that’s worth knowing about this fleshy, muscular organ? Well, considering the facts, there is. Our tongue can reveal important facts about our health. Notice that whenever we have to see the doctor they’ll often have us open our mouth and extend our tongue. This is because our tongue is one of the most visible representations of our overall health.
We can determine our health by examining our tongue and matching its appearance to potential causes. Here are the common health conclusions that can be made when the tongue appears or feels a definite way.
What does your tongue tells about your health?
Tongue contains brown or black fuzz
This look can be alarming and troubling, but actually it’s just a matter of oral health. Tongue may contain brown or black fuzz as a strong indication of bad oral hygiene. The papillae which are tiny bumps we see on our tongue normally can remove by simply eating and drinking. However, an overgrowth may be sometimes experienced which make them prone to concentrations of bacteria and discoloration. On the doctor’s side, the root causes of this visually unappealing condition are smoking, drinking coffee or dark teas, or just bad dental hygiene. Like its cause which is simple, the remedy is also simply eliminating the habit that caused it. There are also tongue scrapers that are available to remove fuzz easier.
Visible patches of white
This is a frequent symptom among tobacco users, patches of white underneath the tongue may be visible, around the gums, and on the insides of our cheeks which are called leukoplakia are usually caused by an irritant of some sort. This may be a normally dangerous but can also be potentially serious. Patches of leukoplakia are benign or noncancerous but seldom cases can show early sign of cancer. Studies show that smokers that have this signs have between a 5 to 17 percent chance of the patches to become cancerous. Doctors suggested stopping tobacco use to in order to make these patches disappear.
Burning sensation of the tongue
This symptom is common that 15% of people experience it sometime in their life. More likely, women are seven times to get a burning sensation as this occurs during post-menopause. At some cases, tongue may appear normal yet burns, it could mean a couple of different things. Like for instance hormonal changes, wrong toothpaste and allergies from toothpaste can create a burning sensation. One ingredient of some toothpaste called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is use to get the foamy appearance has been known to cause stinging and burning feeling. It is advisable to change toothpaste in an instance and avoid those that contain SLS. The burning sensation is expected to subside instantly but for cases of persistent symptom, doctors may prescribe antibiotic rinses or medication like neuropathic.
1 to 14 percent of the population is affected by Geographic tongue, this is a medical term that refers to a sporadic, rutted appearance resembling bumpy terrain. This is very common on normal condition that doesn’t normally indicate any health concerns. On the experts’ side, they are somewhat unclear about what causes Geographic tongue, however, it is believed that the growth and degeneration of taste buds could play a role. This may be visually noticeable specifically when growth and degeneration is uneven. Mostly, this condition of the tongue doesn’t require medical intervention, but if they become painful it is highly recommended to seek a doctor.
Small, painful sores (cankers sores)
These painful canker sores usually form on the tongue and cheeks. They’re not dangerous or even cause for any type of health concern. Canker sores are not contagious except when confused with cold sores (lip sores) that are very transmittable. Health professionals aren’t sure about what causes them, however, doctors claimed that cankers sores are probably some sort of virus. It is said that burnout and stress people are more prone to this condition, and so we have another reason to avoid or lessen the stress.
Even our tongue is not exempted from aging process which leads to wrinkled appearance. These noticeable crevices are commonly harmless although this may be an indication of poor oral hygiene. Doctors usually treated it with an antifungal medication, and also pointed out those dental fixtures like dentures can cause hollows to form on the tongue. For most cases, drinking enough water, practicing good dental hygiene and brushing our tongue can be the remedy.
Bright red tongue
Having a tongue too red requires a check on the vitamin intake. Our tongue’s papillae need vitamins such as iron and B12 to develop normally. A deficiency of the said vitamins causes our tongue to appear very red. On some cases, the person having this condition may feel burning when eating certain food. Vegetarians are more prone to this symptom since their diets don’t have enough B12. Medical professionals may advise to take supplements in order to fulfill this lack of vitamins.