How much do you start your day with a mirror examination of your tongue? It sounds like an interesting question, but you can hear a lot about your overall Health about the colour, texture and shape of this organ. A happy, stable tongue is always rose, with tiny nodules, and something may be up if not.
We asked the Director of the Smiling Dental Community in London, Dr Uchenna Okoye, to disclose telltale signs and changes in your tongues and what these could mean from a soft cover to painful sores.
A thin or puffy tongue
Dr Okoye notes that if the language is puffy and has traces on the teeth, there can be no nutrients and moistening. You will also have to drink
more water with a skinny tongue.
A colour shift
If the colour of your tongue appears darker than usual, something’s amiss could be a warning. A red language may be heat within the body like a fever or a hormonal imbalance contributing to hot flushes or changes in temperature,” Dr Okoye describes. But a vitamin B12 deficiency may also be indicated. Some food and drinks stain the most common cause of a purple tongue. However, something more serious may be induced. A purple tongue is a warning that the circulatory system does not function as it should be, so I would suggest that a GP should test this, Dr Okoye says.
Dr Okoye states that it may be an indicator of a vitamin/mineral deficiency if you have a rare, pale tongue, that you should see your doctor too this is normal in anaemia patients and after a long-term illness where the immunity may be insufficient.
A coating on the tongue
Dr Okoye says, a thick coating often reflects poor intestinal Health and should not be inexistent, whereas a thin layer is usually applied.
Dehydration may indicate a very thin or absent tongue cover.
Dr Okoye explains the coating colour is essential too since it can signify infection or bacterial growth if colour is unpleasantly yellow, grey, or even black. In the meantime, a thick white layer may suggest a yeast infection. “Candida causes oral thrush more often said Dr Okoye, but it can be observed in people with compromised or even antibiotic immune systems.
Bumps and lesions
The tongue texture must also be taken into account. “A warning of a bacterial or viral infection, or an allergic response to a food or drug, maybe a bump above the tongue,” says Dr Okoye. The most frequently occurring cold sores on the underside of the tongue can be recognised by the oval, red and yellow or white centre.
If you have a white or grey sore, which has a dense and raised hard surface, you may experience leukoplakia, Dr Okoye describes – the disorder most often caused by tooth inflammation, crowns, fillings, or smoking. It can also impact your gums. It can rarely be an initial cancer sign, so it needs to be investigated. You can encounter an innocuous, but an often unpleasant condition called the geographical language when you find patchy lesions on the tongue that seem to change location from day to day.
Grooves or wrinkles
Dr Okoye says the language that has grooves or wrinkles may be a scrotal language, which is harmless and can avoid the cleaning of the tongue. “Brush your teeth with the tongue is important because a person’s mouth has most bacterial growth in the back of its language.” Dr Okoye suggests that a quantity of pea-sized toothpaste be sprayed on your tongue shatter or toothbrush and gently run across your tongue, giving it a little time to fight against bacteria.
“I would advise you to do this 2 to 3 times a week,” says Dr Okoye. “It’s best to start from the back of the tongue and swipe one way to the fore, if you have a sense ve reflex, it can make you gag. What comes out will surprise you.”