Do you have growths on your tongue?
Before we get too far into that question, we should establish what a tongue growth is. Growths on the tongue are very different from canker sores or bacterial infections on the surface of the tongue.
What are growths on the tongue?
Growths on the tongue normally appear as lumps under the surface of the tongue. They can be tumors or thyroglossal cysts, which are not necessarily on the tongue, but they can appear as red lumps at the back of the tongue or along the throat.
Growths on the tongue can also be a sign of cancer if they do not heal on their own within a few weeks. Cancerous growths will continue to grow larger with time and usually progress from painless lumps to bleeding ulcers ; watch out for those.
What are symptoms of growths on the tongue?
Growths on the tongue can present difficulties with swallowing, eating, or breathing if they protrude from the surface of the tongue and grow too large. At this point it is important to see a doctor to have the growth surgically removed.
Normally, however, growths on the tongue should be painless and smooth.
Growths on the tongue can also become infected if they are cut or punctured while eating or talking, so be hyper aware of the kind of activity you are subjecting your tongue to.
How can you avoid infections with growths on the tongue?
Because growths on the tongue can present problems swallowing food if they are large and raised on the surface of the tongue, there may be extra bits of leftover food and food residue on your tongue after you eat. In these cases, you must have good oral hygiene habits (of course, that’s always important).
After brushing and flossing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Brushing your tongue can remove bacteria on the surface that cause bad breath, and sometimes cause infections.
The Orabrush is the ideal tool for brushing your tongue. It is designed to pull bacterial gunk from your tongue with its super microfiber bristles, leaving your tongue pink and squeaky clean.
And having a clean tongue is the best way to avoid infections with growths on your tongue.