With recent emergence of novel virus COVID -19 pandemic, many dental offices across the country are closed down while some are already postponing non emergency dental treatment. Hence, it's more important to keep good oral health home care.
HOME CARE FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH Always wash your hands before and after any personal dental care.Brush twice daily with flouride containing toothpaste and medium textured tooth brush.Brush your tongue regularly. Check hereFloss a dayEat a well - balanced diet for oral and general health well being.Include detergent food in your diet for cleansing and health oral cavity.Limit frequency of snackingLimit sugary drinks like soda and fruit juices which can be harmful to teeth surfaces.Drink plenty of waterAvoid smokingUse of Mouth guard for contact sport

What your tongue is saying concerning your health.

A white tongue could be a sign of:

Oral thrush: a yeast infection that develops inside the mouth. It appears as white patches that are often the consistency of cottage cheese.

Oral thrush
Oral thrush is most commonly seen in infants and the elderly. Can also be presented in people with diabetes, weakened immune systems, denture wearers, those taking inhaled steroids for asthma or lung disease. Oral thrush is more likely to occur after you’ve taken antibiotics.

Leukoplakia: a condition in which the cells in the mouth grow excessively, which leads to white patches on the tongue and inside the mouth. Leukoplakia can develop when the tongue has been irritated.

Leukoplakia can be a precursor to cancer, but isn’t inherently dangerous by itself. If you see what you think could be leukoplakia, contact your dentist for an evaluation.

Oral lichen planus: a network of raised white lines on your tongue those look similar to lace. 

A red tongue could be a sign of:

Vitamin deficiency: Folic acid and vitamin B-12 deficiencies may cause your tongue to take on a reddish appearance.

Geographic tongue:

Geographic tongue
This condition causes a map-like pattern of reddish spots to develop on the surface of your tongue. Geographic tongue is usually harmless.

Scarlet fever: an infection that causes the tongue to have a strawberry-like (red and bumpy) appearance. If you have a high fever and a red tongue, it most likely a scarlet fever.

Kawasaki disease: a condition that can also cause the tongue to have a strawberry-like appearance. It is seen in children under the age of 5 and is accompanied by a high fever.

If your tongue is black and hairy:

It’s most likely to occur in people who don’t practice good dental hygiene

Overgrowth of the tongue papillae harboring bacteria makes the papillae appear dark or black. People with diabetes, taking antibiotics or receiving chemotherapy may also develop a black hairy tongue.

Painful sore/bumps on your tongue can be due to:

Trauma: Accidentally biting your tongue or scalding it on something hot can result in a sore tongue until the damage heals.

Smoking: Smoking irritates your tongue, which can cause soreness.

Canker sores: Mouth ulcers. The cause is unknown, but stress is believed to be a factor. Canker sores normally heal without treatment within a week or two.

Oral cancer: A lump or sore on your tongue that doesn’t go away within two weeks could be an indication of oral cancer.

Watch your tongue!!!

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Don’t hesitate to contact me for further clarification,
Dr. Odeyemi Kolade Project Smile 32 Senior facilitator 0806-9815-500