Have you ever looked at your tongue and thought “that doesn’t look right…”? The retention of our oral health can feel like a game of cat and mouse as we navigate the intersection of the latest technology and what our particular oral care needs are. If you have never analyzed your tongue or had a dentist mention anything about it, it’s likely not to share anything in particular about your oral health. Yet, it’s important to recognize that it could, and monitoring it isn’t a bad idea.
A Short History
In Ayurvedic medicine, the health of the tongue is an indicator of whole-body health. The practice of tongue scraping has been performed for centuries in cultures around the world but is considered an ancient Ayurvedic practice. Today, with modern advances in medicine, we now understand what these indications mean.
Indication of Health
Different indicators are known to share different aspects of your health. White patches mean there may be an overgrowth of candida, a yeast that is treatable with an anti-fungal rinse or pill. If your tongue is black and hairy-looking, it may indicate diabetes, yeast infection, poor oral hygiene, or the result of cancer therapies. Red and white spots mark areas where your taste buds have naturally worn, but this is common. Redness on the other hand can mean a deficiency In folic acid, B12, or iron as well as potentially indicating fever or strep throat. A webbed or striped look can mean you have oral lichen planus, caused by your immune system attacking your cells. Bumps along the tongue indicate canker sores and herpes commonly known as cold sores.
If you are worried about the health indications your tongue may express, consult your dentist to better understand what may be going on, and find solutions for our oral healthcare.
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