What should the side of your tongue look like?
A healthy tongue is typically pink in color, but it can still vary slightly in dark and light shades. Your tongue also has small nodules on the top and bottom.
Why does the side of my tongue look weird?
In most cases, a scalloped tongue occurs due to swelling or inflammation of the tongue. Tongue swelling is also called macroglossia. Each cause of macroglossia or swelling of the tongue results in other symptoms too. Knowing the different symptoms can help you understand what might be at the root of your tongue issues.
Why is my tongue bumpy on the sides?
When inflammation or macroglossia (tongue swelling) occurs, the tongue presses against the edges of the teeth. This develops wavy ridges on the sides of the tongue. Some genetic conditions that might cause scalloped tongue include: Down syndrome.
How do you get rid of a scalloped tongue?
Home remedies for scalloped tongue include:
- staying hydrated.
- eating a healthy, balanced diet.
- practicing good oral hygiene.
- maintaining a healthy weight.
- avoiding allergens or mouth irritation.
- quitting smoking.
- reducing anxiety and stress that can lead to bad habits.
What does the tongue say about your health?
A pink tongue is healthy and normal. A red tongue may indicate heat in the body like a fever or a hormonal imbalance. A reddish purple tongue is a sign that there may be inflammation or an infection in the body. A pale pink tongue may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, a weak immune system or a lack of energy.
What is normal looking tongue?
A normal healthy tongue is pale-red in color, of medium thickness with a thin white coating and very slight moisture. (Note: sometimes a normal looking tongue reflects liver issues, especially liver qi stagnation.) The tongue is best observed in outdoor light and no sooner than ½-1 hour after eating.
What is the cause of brown coating formation on the tongue?
It is not the tongue that is turning brown but the coating on top of the tongue. The brown coating is usually caused by burns on the tongue from hot food and beverages. Smoking can also cause a brown tongue.
What causes a gray tongue?
Poor Oral Hygiene. Sometimes, a white or gray coating on the tongue can be caused by something as simple as poor oral hygiene. The Mayo Clinicexplains that the small projections on the tongue’s surface can become inflamed due to poor oral hygiene.
What is a healthy tongue?
A healthy tongue should be a warm pink color, feel soft, and move around easily. You can help keep your tongue healthy by drinking plenty of fluids to keep your mouth moist and wash away food particles and dead cells.