Sores Under Your Tongue

Bumps under your tongue are normal; sores under your tongue are not. Usually the bumps under your tongue are salivary glands that help digest food with their acidic, secreted juices. But those other bumps–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 sores under your tongue?

Sores under your tongue show up uninvited to the normal party in your mouth. They wreak havoc, trashing the whole place with red and white spots, making you (the host) incredibly annoyed.

The most common types of tongue sores show up as colorful bumps under your tongue. 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 Sores Under Your Tongue:

Painless tongue sores sometimes 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. Mucoceles generally heal on their own, but if they become painful, swell to an uncomfortable size, or don’t heal after a few weeks, see a doctor for help.

Other painless sores under your tongue  may have been painful when they were first irritated. When you eat extremely hot, acidic, or spicy foods, your tongue often stings or burns for a moment before leaving patches of your tongue numb.These should go away relatively quickly, but you might not be able to taste anything in the mean time.

Painful Sores Under Your Tongue:

Painful tongue sores range in seriousness from canker sores 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. We don’t want the party crashers to cause problems in other people’s mouths either.

Salivary gland stones are supposedly very painful. If you suspect you have one of these, see a doctor. Salivary gland stones are solved 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. So, if you feel any large bumps 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 sores under your tongue?

Sores under your tongue are hard to prevent because they are hard to reach. However good oral hygiene habits can make a difference. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will help prevent plaque and bacterial build up in your mouth.

And don’t forget to brush you tongue! Many people don’t realize that brushing your tongue can prevent infections in your mouth and on your tongue that cause bumps and sores.

The best tool for brushing your tongue and preventing those sores is the Orabrush–a tool designed specifically for your tongue. It has soft bristles on the head that help remove harmful bacteria and combat bad breath.

Just brush your tongue with the Orabrush morning and night (or whenever you brush your teeth). Get rid of those uninvited, party crashing sores and see the difference of a happy tongue.

Canker Sores Under Tongue from intelligentdental.com

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