Stick Out Your Tongue!

Townsend oral cancer examsAt Seven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman, we diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums. These conditions can affect the tongue. Let’s review the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in nonstop motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical problems. These may include digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism

White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency

Canker sores: may be connected to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

At Sven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman, we recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Sven Bone Dentistry:


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1805 W Dickerson St Ste 2 Bldg 2
Bozeman, Montana


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