Geographic Tongue (GT), it looks worse than it is, but it can be annoying. It affects about 10% of the population. Not all the time, but sometimes it can be painful. Every time I went to the dentist I got to hear about how I have a geographic tongue, and how there is nothing I can do about it..... However my last several dentist trips not one word about geographic tongue?
|Not my tongue but an example of what GT can look like, which mine frequently did.|
|This is mine now (years after I wrote this post). I have rarely had any issues with GT.|
When I get home I can't help but look at my tongue and guess what?
No wonder they didn't mention it because my tongue looked normal. It didn't look normal for over two decades. What could I be doing different or why might it better or maybe even gone? Below is the short list of things I think have helped my tongue.
1. StressI have been staying at home with my daughter for 5 years now. There are many challenges to staying at home, but my stress levels are way down and I have other physical benefits of reduced stress. Mainly my cholesterol levels are much better (3.6 ratio when it was 5.1). I know not everyone can stay home (and even if they did they might not be stress free!). But there are many ways to reduce stress: walking, exercise, deep breathing, yoga, prayer and meditation - just to name a few.
2. SugarReally the only sugar I get is my daily dark chocolate fix. Other than that no sugar. I have noticed in the past hard candies and even cookies can aggravate my geographic tongue. Even pineapple can make it worse. When I was working full time it was not uncommon for me to eat cookies and brownies everyday. I craved sugar and couldn't get enough of it!
3. Dental CareThis just might be the main cause of my geographic tongue disappearing. I have started to make homemade toothpaste, for the recipe go here. This and I have started oil pulling with coconut oil. These are helping my mouth heal and are not harmful. After doing some reading I found that tartar control toothpaste can aggravate (or maybe even cause) geographic tongue. Wow, I was shocked. Who would have guessed that my toothpaste might have caused my tongue to hurt.
My tongue is not completely healed, and hormones could also be related (it can be worse during my monthly). It is however much better than it has been. Right now I just have one very small patch. Do you have a geographic tongue? What helps yours?
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Update: I wrote this original post 3 years ago and I have to say that it's really gone. If I eat pineapple or a lot of sugar I might get a flare up, but for the most part I don't have it any more...that is awesome!