Every organ in your body is important and has a specific function and the tongue is no exception. Our tongues enable us to speak and taste, which we already knew, but did you know that it can tell you a lot about the condition of your overall health? According to its shape, color, smell and so on you can determine if you’re healthy or not, and what you might have problems with. Here’s a guide into the different symptoms your tongue might exhibit and what they may mean.
Smooth and pink tongue
If your tongue is pink and smooth it means that you’re generally healthy. You probably have tiny bumps all over the surface which are called papillae and thanks to them you can taste different flavors.
This is a very interesting condition called lingua geographica, but it’s completely harmless. The only thing which may pose a problem if you have this pattern is the higher sensitivity to certain types of flavors, like spices and toothpaste. It’s a genetic condition and according to medicine it’s not a medical condition.
White lines on the tongue
This is a symptom of one of the most common mouth diseases called oral lichen planus. It can be quite uncomfortable, causing uncontrollable itching and heightened sensitivity in some cases, while in others it can be completely symptom free. There’s no course of treatment for this disease but it usually goes away on its own. It could help if you avoid alcohol and tobacco.