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Can geographic tongue make your tongue sensitive?

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About one in 10 people with geographic tongue may have mild discomfort or a burning or painful sensation. This is often from sensitivity to substances such as:

  • Hot, spicy, or acidic foods
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Toothpaste

From: Geographic Tongue WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NetWellness Consumer Health Information:"Common Mouth and Tongue Conditions."

OhioHealth online: "Geographic tongue."

American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology: "Geographic Tongue."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

NetWellness Consumer Health Information:"Common Mouth and Tongue Conditions."

OhioHealth online: "Geographic tongue."

American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology: "Geographic Tongue."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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