What Your Tongue Says About Your Health
If you are like most people then you probably don’t check the appearance of your tongue frequently. However, according to many experts, it turns out that this practice can be very useful. This is a very convenient way to determine certain changes in your health and learn more about your current health condition.
A healthy tongue is a reflection of a healthy mind and body and vice versa. For instance, individuals who prefer consumption of cooked meals, without high fiber content usually have tongues that appear lighter compared to those who consume more raw veggies, fruits, cereals, and meat. The tongue of a healthy individual comes with a pinkish color and the same goes for the mucous membranes found in the oral cavity. In addition, the tongue should have a smooth surface. Increased body temperature, respiratory problems, fungal infections, iron or vitamin B12 deficiency, as well as some other similar changes and issues, can directly affect the appearance of the tongue. So, what does the appearance of your tongue tells you about your current health condition?
White coating on the tongue
Description: The tongue looks and feels sticky and it is covered with a thick layer of white substance. In addition, the tongue feels heavy and has limited mobility.
This is usually a clear sign of disrupted tongue cell renewal. These changes are most noticeable in cases of severe cold or increased body temperature. In some cases, such changes show certain digestive issues.
Dark colored tongue
Description: Tongue papillae are extended and unusually dark. In addition, the tongue is sticky but doesn’t produce pain.
The darkening of a tongue usually comes as a result of overuse of antiseptic products, antibiotics or tobacco. Taking care of this problem is very simple – just use the toothbrush to rub the tongue and the dark layer will be peeled.
Small dents on the tongue
Description: The tongue has small and painful dents that make the swallowing more difficult. The edges of the tongue are reddish.
In most cases, the cause is ulcers – minor viral wounds that appear on the tongue, gums and in the oral cavity. These ulcers are painful and make eating and drinking difficult. The healing process is very slow. You can use mouthwash to speed up the healing process. If it is treated in the right way, the infection should be healed in less than seven days.
Description: The tongue is dry, inflamed and whitish.
According to some experts, this is typically a sign of some of the many seasonal diseases like flu and cold accompanied by increased body temperature. When people deal with these health issues they usually tend to keep their mouth open for a long time and that’s why the tongue gets dry fast. This leads to increased peeling of the cells of the tongue and their buildup on the surface. In cases like this, it is the best idea to consult a doctor and take a blood test. You must determine the real cause to start the treatment.