The 5 Most Common Tongue Problems: Geographic Tongue

As dentists, we help patients navigate their health in a variety of areas by offering examinations, treatments, and the support needed to make healthy decisions about oral health. From dental implants to Invisalign, Lumineers to sleep apnea treatments and beyond, we help patients live a healthier life through excellent dentistry. That said, it often surprises patients to learn that our comprehensive approach to oral health also includes the tongue, which is closely analyzed every time we perform a thorough examination. When we look at the tongue, we may be looking for one of these five common problems that can emerge in patients:

Problem Three: Geographic Tongue

Although many patients that experience geographic tongue become alarmed when they see the inflamed, smooth, red lesions across their tongue, geographic tongue is a benign condition that doesn’t post any significant threat to anyone’s dental health.

Researchers haven’t yet confirmed exactly what causes geographic tongue, but we know that it occurs randomly and in different spots on the tongue at different times, creating a “map-like” effect on the tongue.

Some people experience minor pain from geographic tongue in the presence of sweets, acids, or spicy foods. However, most people with geographic tongue report no significant problems with pain from the condition. Geographic tongue is not associate with cancer or infection.

If you have any questions about geographic tongue or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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