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Tongue Conditions in Children


Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Smiling boy with missing tooth, in Burlington, MA. Tongue conditions in children vary widely, exhibiting various indications and underlying factors. Among the frequent tongue disorders seen in kids are:

Geographic Tongue


The tongue has a distinctive look due to sporadic, map-like sequences on its surface, which indicate this benign condition. Although children with geographic tongues rarely show symptoms, some may feel uncomfortable or sensitive when eating certain foods.

Oral Thrush


The Candida fungus is the source of this condition, which may result in white, creamy regions on the inside cheeks and the tongue. This condition is more common in children with immune systems that are weakened or who are on antimicrobial medications.

Cracked Tongue


Deep creases or contours on the tongue exterior indicate it is fissured. Even though there are usually no symptoms and no risk of infection, it is essential to practice proper dental hygiene to avoid food particles building up in the fissures and causing bacteria to grow and possibly cause discomfort.

Ankyloglossia


The lingual frenulum, a band of connective tissue that joins the lower portion of the tongue to the surface of the mouth, is disproportionately short or tight in people with ankyloglossia, a genetic disorder. This is sometimes called a tongue tie. It may limit tongue movement and impact oral hygiene, language development, and breastfeeding.

Glossitis


Glossitis is the term for tongue swelling, which is frequently brought on by diseases, allergic reactions, or inadequate nutrition. Pain, redness, and inflammation of the tongue are possible symptoms.

Cervical Sores


Phthous ulcers, commonly called canker sores, are unpleasant round or oval-shaped wounds that can appear on the tongue or other parts of the mouth. Canker sores may develop due to anxiety, tissue damage, and particular foods, though the precise cause of the condition is still unknown.

Parents should know the several tongue disorders that can afflict their children. Routine dental examinations aid in a timely diagnosis and effective treatment. A dentist can help you determine what to do if you think your child has a tongue disorder or if you have noticed symptoms like pain or trouble communicating.

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