Have red patches with white outlines on your tongue? Come to Dentistry With A Smile, LLC, where Dr. Suhair Shamoon can look to see if you have a condition called geographic tongue. Our dentist can educate you on how to take care of it so that it does not become an issue to your oral health. Come see us by calling 508-672-6471 and scheduling your next appointment at our dental practice to learn more about geographic tongue in Fall River, Massachusetts.
No one knows exactly the cause of geographic tongue, though some factors include genetics, irritation from alcohol or spicy foods, and vitamin B deficiency. It is characterized by harmless lesions or patches on the tongue, where the tiny bumps or “papillae” disappear and resemble smooth red islands rimmed with white. The patches or lesions can migrate around — hence the name — though it usually resolves itself over time and is not compromising to your health.
Diagnosis does not usually require any tests, though we recommend coming to visit us if you notice any changes in your tongue’s appearance. We will be happy to take a look to ensure that your oral health is safe and to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you!