Glossitis

Glossitis is a condition in which the tongue is affected and inflamed. The tongue swells and color changes. The tongue consists of papillae, which are miniature projections on the tongue. In Glossitis, the papillae are lost. This results in the tongue becoming smoother than usual. If you see the following symptoms of Glossitis, you may go for Oral Health Free Dental Advice and checkup to the nearby dentist.

The main symptoms of Glossitis are:

  • Swelling of the tongue
  • The tongue seems to be extremely smooth, more than it is normal
  • The color of the tongue changes to dark beefy red
  • The tongue is painful and it becomes tender and sore
  • As the tongue is affected, the individual faces problems and pain while talking, eating, drinking, swallowing and any activity which involves the tongue

There are numerous factors which can trigger glossitis. These factors are:

  • Infections caused by bacteria and viruses
  • Low saliva in the mouth or poor hydration.
  • Physical trauma or injury to the tongue, caused by dentures, sharp teeth, etc
  • Piercing of tongue
  • Consumption of tobacco, alcohol, spices, etc
  • Allergic reactions
  • Deficiency of certain elements and vitamins in the body
  • Glossitis might sometimes be present at birth and hereditary.

Proper oral hygiene and following Dental Health Care Tips is vital in preventing glossitis and to get rid of the condition. Good brushing and flossing of the teeth should be done regularly. The tongue should be brushed as well. If glossitis is caused by the deficiency of any vitamin, then the missing vitamins will need to be administered. Medications and antibiotics are prescribed by physicians for the treatment of glossitis.