Have you ever pondered what your doctor is looking for when he or she tells you to open up and say “ahhhh”? According to medical doctors at The Ear, Nose & Throat Institute, located in Atlanta, Georgia, the color, texture, or abnormalities that show up on the surface of your tongue say quite a lot about your overall health and wellness. For instance, discolorations, patches, or changes in texture can indicate everything from a vitamin deficiency to a serious health condition, like Celiac disease.
Here are eight convincing reasons to pay more attention to what’s inside your mouth and on your tongue…
1. Bumps and Ulcers
Bumps, sores, and ulcers (i.e., canker sores) can appear on the surface or around your tongue for many reasons. For instance, otolaryngologists at Minnesota’s Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat, point to accidentally biting the tongue in your sleep as a main cause for lumps and bumps inside the mouth (known as fibromas).
Cold sores (i.e., a form of herpes), canker sores, and inflamed taste buds can all become lingering sources of discomfort. In this case specialists recommend gargling with baking soda and water, using an over-the-counter pain relieving oral ointment, or anti-viral medications as prescribed by your doctor (for herpes). If pain and ulcers linger (or get worse) for more than 2 weeks, have your doctor or dentist inspect the area to see if it may be a cancerous legion.