The tongue is commonly known as “the strongest muscle in the body.” It comes to no surprise too, because it is always assisting us in pronouncing words correctly, swallow liquids and solids and helping you decipher your favorite foods from ones you wish to never taste again. Because your tongue plays a big role in your life, you may have started to notice when things start looking a little funky. A normal and healthy tongue is pink with small nodules. If you’ve noticed that your tongue is turning different colors, like white or strawberry red, reach out to our dentist in Woburn.
What causes a red or strawberry tongue?
Don’t start to worry if your tongue has turned bright red, because there are many possible causes that usually aren’t harmful.
- Vitamin Deficiencies.If your tongue is red, you may be suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Deficiencies of vitamin B-12 and/or folic acid may be to blame. Not having enough of these vitamins can cause your tongue to take on a reddish appearance that is unsightly.
- Geographic Tongue. A geographic tongue is a condition that is known as benign migratory glossitis. This name was developed because the pattern on a geographic tongue is a map-like pattern. This pattern comes with reddish spots that develop on the surface of the tongue. In some instances, a geographic tongue will have white borders around them, but the location of the patches and borders around them have been known to shift with time. This tongue condition hasn’t been known to cause any serious problems, but it is always recommended that you check in with your dentist to investigate any red patches that have lasted longer that a couple of weeks. Once you’ve been diagnosed with a geographic tongue, you won’t have to worry about any further treatment. The cause of a geographic tongue is still being researched by scientists.
Stay tuned for more causes of a red or strawberry tongue in our next blog.