What Causes A Scalloped Tongue?

What does a scalloped tongue mean in Chinese medicine?

Teeth Marks on Tongue Body (Scalloped) If there are teeth marks together with a swollen tongue, this may indicate Spleen Yang and/or Qi Deficiency.

If the tongue is also pale and moist, it is more likely Spleen Yang Deficiency or a Cold-Damp pattern..

What does a healthy tongue look like?

A healthy tongue should be pink in color with small nodules called papillae over the surface. Certain medical disorders may cause your tongue to change in appearance, and a color-changing tongue could be your first indication of a severe underlying issue.

Can dehydration cause coated tongue?

Whitening of the tongue can occur when there is a buildup or coating of bacteria and debris on the surface of the tongue due to mild dehydration, illness (when there is less use of the tongue for talking or eating), or dryness of the mouth.

What causes ridges on the side of your tongue?

Geographic tongue is harmless. Some people may notice indents on the side of the tongue from their teeth. This is known as “scalloped tongue” and can be caused by conditions like stress or hyperthyroidism. If you have a glossy, bright red tongue, it could mean that you have a vitamin deficiency.

Can you get rid of scalloped tongue?

You can try home remedies to treat tongue scalloping such as applying heat or cold compresses, and using mouth guards at night if it is causing distress. Remember that to get rid of a scalloped tongue, you should first treat and eliminate the underlying medical condition which caused it.

What causes patches on your tongue?

Geographic tongue results from the loss of tiny hairlike projections (papillae) on your tongue’s surface. This papillae loss appears as smooth, red patches of varying shapes and sizes. Geographic tongue is an inflammatory but harmless condition affecting the surface of your tongue.

What Your Tongue Says About Your Thyroid?

The appearance of your tongue may indicate whether or not your altered taste buds stem from a thyroid issue. A healthy tongue is slightly pink, moist, and mostly smooth. If your tongue is dry, discolored, coated, or painful, you may suffer from hypothyroidism.

What your tongue is trying to tell you?

Open your mouth and look at your tongue. That may sound strange, but your tongue can tell a lot about your health. For example, a black and hairy looking tongue can signal poor oral hygiene, or diabetes. If your tongue is bright red like a strawberry, it could signal a deficiency in folic acid, vitamin B12, or iron.

What does a white tongue indicate?

White tongue is the result of an overgrowth and swelling of the fingerlike projections (papillae) on the surface of your tongue. The appearance of a white coating is caused by debris, bacteria and dead cells getting lodged between the enlarged and sometimes inflamed papillae.