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Watch Your Tongue

When it comes to your oral hygiene, you probably consider your teeth and gums.  While this should certainly be your focus area inside your mouth, there is another area that you need to pay attention to: your tongue. Your tongue, just like your fingerprint, is a one-of-a-kind feature and it can hold powerful information about your overall health.  Neglecting to keep your tongue clean means you are ignoring a large surface of bacteria inside your mouth.  Identifying certain features and changes in your tongue can be your first warning signs for health issues ranging from nutritional deficiencies to oral cancer.

Add a quick tongue check to your nightly brushing and flossing habits.  You can start by keeping track of changes in its surface texture and color as well as noting any bumps or sores. Ask yourself the following questions when you look at your tongue in the mirror.

Are there any changes to the way the surface of my tongue looks and feels?  If you become familiar with your tongue surface, you can detect sudden changes.  For example, if you notice that your tongue feels especially smooth and looks pale, you may have an iron deficiency.  Other conditions, such as scrotal tongue, are known for its deep grooves and wrinkled surface.

Are there any new bumps?  A cold sore may be hard to ignore on your tongue, as they can be very uncomfortable.  Bumps that are caused by a virus will typically go away on their own in about a week.  However, if you have a persistent bump or sore on your tongue that will not go away, ask your dentist for an oral cancer screening.  Regardless of their color or level of discomfort, always pay attention to new lesions or bumps on your tongue.

Is my tongue color anything other than a healthy pink?  A discrepancy from the common healthy pink color may be a sign that you are overdoing it with certain habits or it could also be a symptom of an underlying condition.  For example, a red tongue could be the first sign of scarlet fever or Kawasaki disease in a child or a vitamin B deficiency in an adult.  If you notice that your tongue has taken on a black or yellow appearance, you may need to start brushing your tongue better to reduce inflammation and clean out trapped bacteria on your tongue’s surface.  Dry mouth or dehydration can also make your tongue look paler in color.

Stick out your tongue at yourself in the mirror and get to know your tongue a little better.  A closer relationship with your tongue can be an invaluable tool for detecting changes in your overall health.   If you notice sudden changes that concern you, always talk to your dentist right away.  Gilreath Family Dentistry offers oral cancer screenings during routine dental checkups and we understand the importance of a healthy tongue.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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