What Your Tongue Can Tell You about Your Health
The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth that helps in chewing and swallowing food. A healthy tongue is very much essential for a healthy mouth. A healthy clean tongue of pink color reflects a healthy mouth and body conditions. Any problem in the tongue is linked with some deficiency in the body, or problems with digestion, weak immune system or deposit of debris (dead cells and bacteria) on the tongue. There are a lot of things that a doctor can tell about your health by looking at your tongue.
A Red tongue:
It can happen because of deficiency of iron, B12 or folic acid in the body. A red tongue can also imply fever or sore throat. It can be treated with some pills only which complete the deficiency in the body.
Overgrowth of Candida:
This overgrowth of Candida can be due to yeast and thrush. It can be seen as white patches on the tongue. One can resist from it by regular cleaning of tongue or else can be treated with some antifungal pills or tablets.
A sore and bumpy tongue:
Painful bumps on the tongue can be due to accidental biting, smoking, mouth ulcers or oral cancer.
Sometimes there are bumps on our tongue of white color and red outline. These cold sores happen because of some indigestion problem, or stress ulcers, biting of the tongue while sleeping, maybe because of smoking, etc. It doesn’t really require meeting a doctor. If sores are paining then an appointment with a doctor can be helpful in discussing the situation.
Build up of dead skin cells:
Some people have a black tongue which is due to not regular and proper cleaning of mouth (teeth & tongue), or yeast infection, diabetes problem, cancer therapies which leads to black portion of the tongue. The dead cells are threadlike papillae on the tongue. It can be treated with regular and proper cleaning of teeth and tongue with mouth tools for cleaning.
A burning sensation on the tongue is most common in women going through menopause that occurs due to hormonal changes. One should consult the doctor if it happens. Another reason for a burning sensation can be the use of wrong toothpaste causing an allergic reaction.
Red Spots and Blisters:
Red spots and blisters that do not go away for a long time can be a symptom of a serious disease. They are often related to tongue cancer. One should immediately consult a doctor in such a situation.
There are many problems that can happen in our mouth which are mostly related to teeth or tongue. Such problems occur because of unhygienic conditions of mouth or sometimes due to indigestion problem or some deficiency of any mineral or nutrient in the body, or some infection. All these problems can be treated by own care and some simple home remedies.