Stick Out Your Tongue!

Fort Worth oral cancer examsDentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums. These conditions can affect the tongue. This post from The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth reviews the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in constant motion during your waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical problems. These may include digestive conditions, infections, and diseases of the blood.

Some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be linked to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate. SLS is a foaming agent found in many personal care products.

The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

At The Parkdway Dentist in Fort Worth, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top priority. Services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

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4200 Bryant Irvin Rd Ste 101
Fort Worth, Texas


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