Tongue Patterns Are Not Alarming

Geographical tongue

I had met this gentleman in his late thirties in his late thirties who was quite disturbed because of weird patterns on his tongue. He told me that he is having these patterns for the last 2o years or more. He said that these patterns change shapes quite frequently. These patterns don’t cause any problem to him except that he occasionally has some problem with spicy food.

He had been to some dental college where he got bits of these tongue ‘lesions’ biopsied to rule out tongue cancer. However, the biopsy findings were normal.

There are a number of medical conditions where a definite cause and effect relationship can’t be established. In such cases also there are quite a few myths present. The major misconception is that these do occur because of chronic constipation. No, it is not true —of course there can be just co-incidence.

Geographical tongue – Right view

The condition of tongue that you see in this person is known as Geographical tongue. It is a benign condition –it is not at all alarming.

While i am writing this i am thinking of big, voluminous books which have been written on Tongue — in health and disease. Sometimes i wonder we might not be having necessary expertise to find out what is a person’s health by just looking at his tongue.

Geographical tongue – Left view

I hear in good old days Ayurvedic experts in India would just peep into a person’s mouth, feel his/her pulse and they knew as to where is the trouble. Of course, we do this in modern times and come to know of a lot of things about a patient’s health by just looking into his mouth, i feel there is something lacking.

My personal opinion is that how a person can have such tongue patterns without any (‘howsoever minor it could be’) disturbance in his internal milieu — change is so subtle that is very difficult to pinpoint the reason.

My advice to such patients — be regular with your dental check-ups and medical check-ups so that any changes/signals are caught early on. Rest, they should refrain from all that stuff — Tobacco, smokeless tobacco, Gutkha etc and must have a well balanced diet also rich in micronutrients — vitamins, trace-elements and minerals. Otherwise, it is damn difficult to find out which deficiency state is causing such patterns.

My personal opinin — Where there is smoke, there must be some spark around. What do you feel?


About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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