If you have looked at your tongue lately, you may have noticed that your tongue looks a little different than other people's tongues.
While most people's tongues are uniformly shaped, people with fissured tongues look like their tongue has cracks or grooves in them. What is this type of tongue? Is it dangerous? We have information for you about fissured tongues.
What Is Fissured Tongue?
Fissured tongues look like they would be painful and indicative of a serious condition. However, fissured tongues are usually not painful. It is also not a precursor to cancer or other serious illness. Instead, fissured tongue is harmless. If you have fissured tongue, your tongue will have multiple areas of cuts. Sometimes, the cuts appear as vertical cuts along the middle of your tongue. They could also be diagonal cuts or even horizontal cuts. Usually, there is more than one cut along the tongue surface.
Scientists are not sure what causes fissured tongue, but they do know that fissured tongues, like geographic tongues, do run in families. Fissured tongues are also associated with people who have Down Syndrome, as well as with a neurological disorder, known as Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome. There are also people who develop fissures as they grow older. Scientists also think that some fissured tongues are caused by the environment. If you have a fissured tongue, you might also have patches on your tongue as well, which look like a map. This kind of tongue is called geographic tongue. Geographic tongue is found in about 2% of the population.
The important thing you need to remember is that fissured tongues are harmless, so if you have one, you don't need to worry. If your tongue is painful, and you think there is something wrong with your tongue, why not give us a call, and let us make an appointment for you? We'd love to get a look at your tongue fissures. Give us a call today.