If you have a cracked tongue, you are not alone. Millions of people around the world share symptoms of cracked and fissured tongues, though the causes can vary.
What is Cracked Tongue?
A cracked tongue can look different depending on the cause. Generally, tongue cracks appear directly down the middle line of the tongue, sometimes with smaller cracks to the sides. A cracked tongue can have deep or shallow grooves and is normally not painful; however, spicy, hot, or acidic foods can irritate your cracked tongue causing a burning sensation or a pins and needles feeling.
Cracked tongue has also been associated with bad breath, most likely from food particles getting caught between taste buds or in the grooves on the tongue.
What are Causes of Cracked Tongue?
Some types of cracked tongue are virtually inexplicable. Doctors have suspected that cracked tongue is sometimes hereditary–beginning at birth and continuing through adulthood–but no conclusive studies have been done.
Most commonly cracked tongue is caused by injury to the tongue, stress, teeth grinding, unknowingly chewing on the tongue during sleep, consumption of tobacco and alcohol, or swelling. All of these problems can make the tongue irritated, often appearing cracked or fissured.
Other tongue problems with similar side effects include oral thrush, geographic tongue, allergic reactions, acid reflux disease, or tongue cancer.
Cracked tongue can be aggravated by unusual dryness in the mouth, especially from Sjogren’s syndrome, medications, or dehydration, leaving your tongue more vulnerable toward cracked tongue.
What are Treatments for Cracked Tongue?
Cracked tongue is normally a benign problem that is not painful. Because cracked tongue can be caused by so many different things, if you are worried about your tongue, you should see a doctor.
If your cracked tongue is painful, you can do a few things to stop the pain. First, be sure your tongue is well hydrated with plenty of water. Some people say that spearmint can help neutralize pains in the tongue and heal tongue cracks. You can also keep baking soda near by while you eat spicy or acidic foods to use if your tongue starts to burn.
Most importantly, practice good oral hygiene and brush your tongue! Brushing your tongue can remove any left over food particles, bacteria, or acids that may be stuck to your tongue. Now, a normal toothbrush probably won’t be enough to clean your tongue properly. You need an Orabrush.
The Orabrush is designed to pull bacteria and other gunk from the surface of your tongue with its microfiber bristles, which means no bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth and a happier tongue all around. There is not better way to clean a cracked tongue.