Stick Out Your Tongue In Denver!

Your Denver Dentist Diagnoses Tongue Troubles As health professionals, we know that Denver cosmetic dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Drs. Almeida & Bell perform oral exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products in Denver. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local Denver Walmart or Target, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many of my Denver cosmetic dentistry patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at (720) 306-8057.

Drs. Almeida & Bell DDS
Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center
Providing general and cosmetic dental services including dental implants and teeth whitening

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Cosmetic dentistry can make you smile again. Denver cosmetic dentists Dr. Paul Bell and Adam Almeida offer expert cosmetic dentistry procedures in their office in Lone Tree, CO. They are among the elite cosmetic dentists in the United States. Contact our Lone Tree office today. Almeida and Bell Aesthetic Dental Center offers expert cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry and general dentistry to patients throughout the Denver CO area including Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, Centennial, Parker and Englewood, Colorado.
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