Posted on 5/15/2018 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
It is normal to take the tongue for granted. People think of it as something they can stick out at others, but it is much more than that.
The tongue plays important roles in many things, including how we can fight the problem of gum disease. There are several ways that the tongue plays a role in this that most people do not realize.
What is a Healthy Tongue?
To understand how a healthy tongue impacts gum disease, it is first important to understand what a healthy tongue looks like. The easiest thing to look for is the color of the tongue. A healthy tongue is uniform in color and pink.
Any red, yellow or white discoloration is a sign of a possible problem. Many people have a white film coating on their tongue and may think that is a problem, but that is usually temporary and not a problem. If it is only discoloration caused by a film coating, a person should not worry.
The tongue is full of bacteria. That is okay. The gram-positive bacteria are what is found in plaque. Those bacteria can end up impacting the teeth and the gums. The gram-negative bacteria are associated with bad breath.
Because it is normal to have bacteria on the tongue, that is not a concern when it comes to gum disease. The concern does about tongue health and gum disease occurs when the number of bacteria grows.
That can lead to the discoloration that is a sign of a problem. It is possible that there is a larger problem that can include gum disease or oral cancer or other issues.
If you have concerns about the health of your tongue and the impact it can have on your overall oral health, please take the time to contact the professionals at our office. They can help give you the information that you need.
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