When coming to Cancun for All on 4 dental implants, you might be looking for improve your health. But are you aware that your tongue can be giving you hints about it?
When you’re brushing your teeth, do you see something weird in the mirror? Might go from red bumps, white spots or pain, there’s a number of diseases that can show up first in your tongue and here are the most common.
- Strawberry tongue.
There’s a multiple factors that can cause a a tongue normally pink to turn red, it can even cause pain when eating hot liquids or spicy food. One of the main causes are deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B-12.
Since vitamin B-12 is found on certain meats, vegetarians are specially prone to this. If you’re a vegetarian and notice your whole tongue is strawberry red, ask your doctor about taking supplements. Vitamin deficiencies might also be associated with autoimmune diseases in the GI tract in with vitamins are not absorbed by the stomach.
2. Black Hairy Tongue.
This name may sound scary, but is not cause for major concern. Is caused by bacteria or fungi and only means that you need to go back to the good old-fashioned oral hygiene routine, as your dentist in Cancun recommended.
Papillae sometimes can become over grown and be more likely to harbor bacteria, it can also cause bad breath or taste. Smoking and drinking coffee and dark teas, along with poor dental hygiene are the main causes of this. Brushing the tongue or using a tongue scraper, may be all you need!
2. Cottage Cheese White.
If you hace a white coated tongue could be an oral yeast infection. If may be caused by a weakened immune systems or by the use of antibiotics, since this kills selectively bacteria in our mouth and it may allow the not killed yeast to take over your tongue.
This also can cause changes in taste or even pain. Is typical on children, un controlled diabetic patients, cancer patients in chemotherapy and elderly.
3. Wrinkles, fissures or cracks.
It fortunately only means you’re getting older. This type of lines in your tongue are mostly harmless but you may have problems is you’re not following a basic dental hygiene routine recommended by your dentist in Cancun, since it may cause fungal infections within crevices that can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene routine and brushing your tongue.
4. White Patches.
It means something is irritating your mouth. White patched also called leukoplakia are often associated with smokers. This type of lesions are the body telling us that it’s stating to develop precancerous lesions and it can be reversed if you stop smoking.
If you’re not a smoker, then you need to see your dentist in cancun who might recommend a biopsy.
5. Persistent Lesions.
If you have red lesions in your tongue that unlike canker sores, don’t go away within a week or two it could be serious. This kind of lesions are signs of tongue cancer.
These are typically attributed to tobacco, but oral cancer can also be caused by VPH virus.
Many oral cancers don’t hurt in early stages, get it checked out even if it’s not bothering you.
6. Canker Sores.
This mean that you’re stressed. Canker sores are panful only for a few days and disappear within two weeks. The good news if that they’re not contagious but you have to make sure first that is not a cold sore caused by herpes that typically appears on the lips.
If you’re coming for All on 4 in Cancun, you have to know that in order to keep everything in good shape, you have be careful with your oral hygiene! Book your dental vacations right now and enjoy the beauty of the Riviera Maya while we change your smile! Remember that we only use Nobel Biocare Implants and we are the only clinic in Cancun certified and trained by Dr. Maló, creator of this technique.
Want to know more about All on 4 treatment and our services? Call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-701-6039, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.