The mouth and tongue go through so much in any given day. Keeping them in good condition is a great way to stay healthy and the condition that they’re in has a large bearing on overall health. In fact, regularly inspecting your tongue in a mirror can help you detect issues in your mouth as well as other parts of your body before they become more serious. Regular checking of the tongue can help you stay current on the health of not only your mouth but of your body as a while.
So, what do you need to look for? Well, the better question may be, what should you be hoping not to see?
Swollen grey or white blisters or raised bumps under your tongue are definitely not something you want to wake up and see on your tongue. However, if you do, you could have a clogged salivary gland. This means that something is blocking the tiny ducts within the gland so that they are unable to properly drain saliva, which in turn causes swelling, fluid build-up, and in many cases immense pain. Salivary stones are often the culprit here, and they are calcium deposits that form on the tongue. Luckily, the pain and the stone typically subside in a matter of days.
Sores are never good, and having one on the tongue is especially awful. Presenting themselves as a bump or spot with a red ring around it, can sometimes signal serious issues such as cancer. See a doctor immediately if this is the case.
The tongue is generally wet with saliva at any given time, so if you experience dry mouth, or tongue with a white glossy texture, your saliva may be lacking in production. sometimes this means there is an imbalance of bacteria, both good and bad in the mouth, which may cause a change in your tongue’s color and appearance. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you see this, as if it is left untreated, it can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Many times this occurs as a side effect to a certain form of medication, typically for allergies, high blood pressure and asthma.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.