Do not ignore if you see that white patch on your tongue as some diseases, from a yeast infection to tongue cancer, can show up on your tongue. Find out from dentist Dr Nikita Goyal more about what your tongue says about your health.
Cottage cheese white formation: A cottage cheese white formation on your tongue could indicate that you have a yeast infection or oral thrush. Typical in young children, thrush also affects people with diabetes, with autoimmune diseases and the elderly.
Red lesions: Persistent red lesions could be a sign of skin cancer. You might confuse it with canker sores, but remember that canker sores go away within two weeks, but red lesions or patches that don’t go away could be severe.
Burning sensation: If your tongue burns and stings, the hormonal changes in your body during menopause could be to blame. However, you can also experience a burning sensation if you develop an allergy to particular toothpaste.
Hills and valleys: A tongue that looks like a bumpy terrain is a very common condition. A geographic tongue could have to do with your taste buds that randomly shrink away. While it is harmless, it can become painful, and the doctor will be able to suggest an anti-inflammatory steroid paste.
Sores: If you notice painful sores on your tongue, it could mean you are too stressed. The good news about these ulcers is that they disappear within two weeks and are not contagious. However, check with the doctor to ensure that it is not the extremely contagious cold sore.
Black, hairy tongue: You do not have the best oral hygiene if you notice a black or hairy tongue. Typically a dark and hairy tongue is a result of smoking, excessive intake of coffee and a poor dental hygiene. Quitting tobacco use and brushing and scraping your tongue is all you need to do away with this.