Show me your tongue please
Did you guys ever wonder why a doctor asks you to stick out your tongue to check if you are healthy or not?
Sit back and relax for here is a report from MSN Heath on the strongest muscle in our body – the tongue (nope, its not that something else).
The report says that a healthy tongue should be in a shade of pink. So different colors and appearance show different health warnings. In brief:
White coating – can be a sign of infection.
Too dark – can be stains from tobacco, drinks, food or lozenges that you consume. Good news is that you can make the color disappear by repeated brushing and the bad news is that tobacco stains can show signs of increased oral cancer.
Hairy – infections, taking anti-biotics or having dry mouth.
Sore spots (including mouth ulcers) – awww, they are very painful – cause by cold or fever, taking excess citrus fruits or even biting your own tongue. Warning – these spots usually go away after ten days, anything longer than that should be checked by a doctor as it may be a sign of oral cancer.
Red and painful – lack of Vitamin B3, folic acid, Vitamin B12.
Yellow – fungal or bacterial infection. May also be gastric reflux, meaning that the acid may rearrange the mouth’s natural bacterial flora.
Burning sensation – may be due to eating certain food that causes temporary stinging sensation. Mostly happen to post-menopausal women. Ladies take note.
Pale and smooth – anaemic.