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Thursday, April 30, 2015

5 Good Reasons to Stick Out Your Tongue!

5 Good Reasons to Stick Out Your Tongue!
We know kids like to stick out their tongues, but adults should do it, too, but not for the same reasons. Adults can find out a lot about their health if they just let their tongue do the talking.

What your tongue can reveal

Ever wonder why your doctor always asks you to stick out your tongue and say "Ahh?" It's because your tongue and the inside of your mouth can reveal much about what's going on with your overall health. Among other things, doctors look for these signs with your tongue.

  1. Color - a black, yellow or white tongue can indicate that there is an overgrowth of tongue "hair" (papillae) that can bacteria and other mouth debris. White can indicate a yeast infection. A bright red tongue can be a symptom of scarlet fever or Kawasaki disease, and a red and smooth tongue can indicate a vitamin B deficiency. A tongue with brown spots may be a sign of melanoma, or skin cancer.
  2. Sores and bumps - the most serious bumps are those on top of the tongue, which can indicate a bacterial or viral infection or an allergic reaction to a food or medication. A bump on one side of the tongue could be a sign of cancer.
  3. Texture - while a smooth tongue could be a sign of a vitamin B deficiency, a wrinkled tongue is not harmful at all. Lesions may indicate an irritation caused by foods or alcohol.
  4. Thick coating - if your tongue looks like it has a thick coating on it, this may be a sign that your digestion system isn't working properly or that you are fighting a cold or the flu.
  5. Teeth marks - if you find in the morning that your tongue appears to have teeth marks on it, you are probably grinding your teeth at night.

To read more about your tongue, visit www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tongue-problem-basics-sore-or-discolored-tongue-and-tongue-bumps
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