Everyone has bumps under their tongues; not everyone has sores under their tongues. Most bumps under the tongue are salivary glands that produce juices needed to digest food. But those other sores–the ones that pop in for a few days, weeks, or months, and then disappear again–those are the ones people worry about.
What are mouth sores under the tongue?
Mouth sores under the tongue are presented in many different ways. The most common types of sores under the tongue manifest themselves as bumps. They can be open wounds or closed, painful, swollen lumps.
The first thing to do is evaluate if the sores under your tongue are painful when touched or moved.
Painless Mouth Sores Under the Tongue:
Often painless under the tongue sores are blocked salivary glands or mucoceles. A mucocele is a blocked salivary gland that forms a clear bump under the tongue or along the side of the mouth. These generally heal on their own, but if the bump becomes painful, swells to an uncomfortable size, or doesn’t heal after a few weeks, be sure to see a doctor.
Other painless sores under the tongue (though they may have been painful when they occurred) could be from eating extremely hot, acidic, or spicy foods that have left patches of your tongue numb. These should go away relatively quickly.
Painful Mouth Sores Under the Tongue:
Painful tongue sores range from canker sores (sometimes known as fever blisters) to salivary gland stones and manifestations of oral cancer.
Canker sores can occur anywhere in your mouth and are very contagious, so be careful not to spread the virus in your mouth to other people or other parts of your mouth.
Salivary gland stones are supposedly very painful. They are treated with ultrasonic treatment which can take some time to accomplish, but the stone will eventually dissipate.
Oral cancer most often shows in older patients who have had frequent exposure to tobacco or alcohol, though oral cancer can also occur in people who do not fit any of the normal risk categories.
If you feel any large bumps or sores under your tongue that swell or cause immense pain, and they don’t heal after more than two weeks, see a doctor as soon as possible.
How do you prevent mouth sores under the tongue?
Mouth sores under the tongue are hard to prevent because they are hard to reach, however good oral hygiene can make a difference. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, as well as brushing your tongue, will help prevent bacterial infections in your mouth that can cause other types of bumps on your tongue and in your mouth.
Brushing your tongue is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene that many people overlook. The Orabrush is a tool designed specifically for your tongue.
The Orabrush has soft bristles on the head that help remove harmful bacteria and combat bad breath. Just brush your tongue with an Orabrush morning and night (or whenever you brush your teeth) and see the difference a happy tongue can make.