9 Things Your Tongue is Trying to Tell You About Your Health

Did you know the color of your tongue can warn you of vitamin deficiencies and infection? It can tell you whether it's from just poor hygiene or whether it's a bigger problem.

Your tongue is like a mirror: you can look at it to see if you have a health issue.

Don’t ignore this little organ, because it can tell you all kinds of things about your health all from its color.

Today, we’ll tell you about what each color could mean.

1. Strawberry red

If you look at your tongue and see a strawberry red color, it could mean that you are deficient in certain vitamins. Is it slightly shiny? Then this is a sign that your diet is lacking iron and vitamin B12.

In addition, if you notice your tongue is “flatter” than usual, that’s because your taste buds are smoothing out.

In serious cases, you might experience sharp pain when drinking hot liquids or spicy food.

In this case, we recommend seeing a doctor and looking over your diet.

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2. Brown

If you notice a kind of brown or black plaque on your tongue, this may indicate poor oral hygiene. It may also show that you’re a smoker, or that you are a big tea or coffee drinker.

As a result, you may also notice an unpleasant odor coming from your mouth as well as changes in taste. This may include having trouble recognizing flavors.

Try to moderate these harmful habits, not just for your tongue but for your health.

Brush your teeth daily — and your tongue, too!




3. White-ish

If you have a very light colored tongue or see a coating on it that looks a little like cottage cheese, this is a sign of a yeast infection (candidiasis).

This type of plaque appears when there is excessive reproduction of the candida albicans.

It is an infection that may happen with prolonged use of antibiotics or due to diabetes, a weak immune system, or high blood pressure.

In any case, it’s best to see a doctor.

4. Folds in your tongue

If you see folds or wrinkles in your tongue, it may just be a sign of aging.

These folds are usually not painful. However, if you have poor oral hygiene, too, your risk of infection goes up.

For example, a fungal infection could develop in a fold and cause serious pain and burning.

To fix this problem, all you have to do is follow the treatment your doctor prescribes.

5. Small white spots

If you see small white spots on your tongue, you should be very cautious because it may be a sign of something serious.

These spots are usually caused by excessive cell growth in people who smoke.

A percentage of these cells can be precancerous. However, there is a very low probably of this. If they don’t go away after a few weeks, you should see a doctor and get some tests done.

6. Blisters or red lesions

If you see blisters or a series of lesions on your tongue that remain for a long time, it may be a symptom of a serious disease like tongue cancer.

In this case, see a doctor immediately and he or she will be in charge of doing the appropriate tests.

7. Burning tongue

A burning sensation in your tongue may be the result of a series of significant hormonal changes. Typically, this may happen during menopause.

In addition, another cause could just be using the wrong toothpaste. Some people are allergic to the component called sodium laureth sulfate, which is what makes it foamy.

If you think you may be allergic to it, try changing toothpaste and seeing if that solves your problem.

8. Painful ulcers

Finally, if you have painful ulcers on your tongue, it may be due to stomatisis.

While this condition is usually occurs on children, it also happens in about 20% of adults as well.

Ulcers are a sign of stress and a weakened immune system. If they last longer than a week, it’s a good idea to see a doctor.

9. Little gaps or irregularities

They aren’t very common, but they do exist. These are rare peculiarities, but are not dangerous.

If they don’t hurt, there’s nothing to worry about. Your tongue is just a little different than the rest!

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