Having a clean mouth and looking after your teeth is very important to maintain oral health.
One thing that people sometimes forget about are the common changes on their tongues which could say a lot about their health.
From white patches to sore lumps, the colour or texture of your mouth could sometimes signify something needs to be checked.
Experts from the Emergency Dentist Sydney explained how the tongue can provide clues about your overall health.
And the experts also revealed the signs that you must look out for.
Having a rosy tongue can indicate your taste buds are reacting badly to a certain food, stress or even a deficiency in a vitamin.
Often a bright strawberry tongue is accompanied with a sore throat which could be a sign of an infection like strep throat or scarlet fever.
Conditions can be treated with antibiotics so if you notice a significant change on your tongue it’s best to see a doctor for a check-up.
A white patch on your tongue usually develops from poor oral hygiene, smoking or chronic alcohol use.
Tweak your daily oral hygiene routine by ensuring your tongue is kept clean when you’re brushing your teeth.
However, if nothing has changed after a couple of weeks, it’s best to visit a doctor to explain the situation.
Having a bump on the tongue is often caused by food you have recently consumed – especially if it’s hot or spicy.
It would normally disappear on its own but if you experience any discomfort in the mouth, it could be canker sores or a cold sore.
The condition eventually goes away on its own but can be treated to speed up healing and ease discomfort.
If you’ve bitten your tongue or you’re having a hot drink, the tongue can develop mild swelling sometimes.
The swelling usually goes away on its own and experts suggest sucking on an ice cube can really speed up the process.
For serious swelling, that could often indicate that you’re allergic to something, but if you’re worried visit a doctor.
Ridges or indentations
Having a ridge or indentation on your tongue can often be a genetic thing.
The experts said: “They may also be a sign that you have a fissured tongue, a long crack down the middle of the tongue that again, most people are just born with.
“It is something you should be aware of though, as it’s easy for food to get stuck in that crack and cause bad breath and help the growth of potentially damaging to your teeth bacteria.”
Oral (mouth) cancer
People over the age of 40, particularly those who smoke, are at higher risk of mouth cancer.
The first symptom is usually a persistent sore or lump on the side of the tongue, which is sometimes followed by red or white patches and maybe unusual bleeding or numbness.
However, it is still best to visit your GP should you experience any of these symptoms so you can get your signs checked out.