Why is your tongue sore?
Does your tongue feel sore, like it’s been wrestling with tiny mouth ninjas? Has it changed color or produced uncomfortable bumps? Your sore tongue could be the victim of many mouth maladies.
What causes a sore tongue?
A sore tongue is sometimes caused by trauma (did you accidentally munch on it when you took a bite of that carrot yesterday?), burning tongue syndrome (only a concern if you are a post-menopausal woman), smoking (yes, smoking harms more than your lungs), canker sores (did you kiss someone with a sore tongue recently?), enlarged papillae (those taste buds you enjoy food with), colds and infections (cough a few more times and you should be able to tell), or oral cancer (very rare, but still a possibility).
Other problems like HIV, oral thrush, and Kawasaki disease can also cause sore tongues. One of the most common causes of sore tongues is bacterial growth on the surface of the tongue which allows diseases like Oral Thrush and Black Hairy Tongue to take hold.
Each of these causes has its own symptoms and treatments, however, chances are, your sore tongue needs a little more love and a little less action. Take some time to evaluate how you’re caring for your poor pink ally–has your sore tongue experienced any unusual activity lately? Does he need a hero helper?
How do you love your tongue? Orabrush!
A good way to pamper your sore tongue and avoid future sore spots is to introduce it to the super Orabrush. This little plastic sidekick to a toothbrush can give your tongue the extra care it needs to feel better.
How do you use the Orabrush?
Just place the soft bristled end against the back of your tongue and gently pull forward, removing excess gunk that has been collecting there. By removing all that nasty goo, you are helping your tongue prepare to battle future mouth ninjas. Your sore tongue thanks you in advance.