Geographic tongue is a harmless condition that appears on the top and sides of the tongue, forming small, map-like red areas. Foods that may trigger geographic tongue include hot foods and beverages, alcohol, and spicy foods. Read more: What Foods Trigger Geographic Tongue? Article
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There are a variety of diseases and conditions that can cause tongue problems, discoloration, and soreness. Though most tongue problems are not serious. Conditions such as leukoplakia, oral thrush, and oral lichen planus may cause a white tongue while Kawasaki syndrome, scarlet fever, and geographic tongue may cause the tongue to appear red. A black hairy tongue may be caused by overgrown papillae on the tongue. Canker sores, smoking, and trauma may cause soreness of the tongue.
Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that may cause large plaques of red, raised skin, flakes of dry skin, and skin scales. There are several types of psoriasis, including psoriasis vulgaris, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, and pustular psoriasis. Symptoms vary depending on the type of psoriasis the patient has. Treatment of psoriasis may include creams, lotions, oral medications, injections and infusions of biologics, and light therapy. There is no cure for psoriasis.
Do Tongue Scrapers Damage Taste Buds?
Tongue scraping is a process where you drag a tool from the back of your tongue to the front to remove small particles and bacteria. Tongue scrapers can benefit your health and help you get that squeaky clean feel, but they can also damage your taste buds if you’re not careful.
How Often Should You Scrape Your Tongue?
Scraping your tongue is a quick way to remove unwanted, unneeded material that can cause bad breath and other side effects. Scrape your tongue every time you brush and floss your teeth.
Is Scraping Your Tongue Safe?
If done correctly, it’s a harmless technique — but using too much pressure or the wrong tool can have some side effects.
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