What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

Say ahhh to see if you could have one of these common tongue-related health conditions.

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

Your tongue could reveal surprising secrets about your health. From anemia, to autoimmune diseases, to food allergies, the tongue can sometimes be a good indicator of your overall health. Check out these common tongue-related health conditions to see if your mouth might hold the secret to what's bothering you.

Bald Tongue

Also known as atrophic glossitis, this inflammatory condition causes the tongue's papillae to die and shed, leaving behind a smooth, shiny "bald" tongue. There are a variety of causes for this condition, including iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiencies, Sjogren syndrome, oral yeast infection and celiac disease. Patients with atrophic glossitis may notice a burning sensation and increased sensitivity when eating acidic or salty food.

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