There are many conditions that can manifest on your child’s tongue. That’s why It’s important to make sure that you’re paying attention to your child’s tongue and looking out for signs of a problem. Additionally, if your child complains of tongue pain, that warrants a visit to their pediatric dentist, so we can check it out.
Tongue Problems or Diseases
Below are a few common tongue issues and what they can mean for your child’s overall health:
- Strawberry Red Tongue – If your child’s tongue appears glossy or bright red, it can be a sign of a vitamin B12 or iron deficiency. Talk to your child’s doctor about vitamin supplements.
- Tongue Wrinkles – Cracks, fissures, or wrinkles in the tongue are typically harmless, but if your child doesn’t care for his or her oral hygiene, problems may arise. Food buildup can cause a fungal infection in the cracks of the tongue.
- White Spots – Painless white patches may be caused by an excess growth of cells. This can simply be from your child’s tongue rubbing against his or her teeth. However, if the patches don’t go away within a week or two, bring your child in for a checkup.
- Cottage Cheese Texture – White lumpy substances on the tongue, resembling cottage cheese may be an oral yeast infection known as thrush. This means that you’ll need to take your child to his or her doctor.
- Brown or Black Fuzz – Black or brown fuzz, which may look like hair, is an indicator that you need to pay more attention to your child’s oral hygiene. Use a tongue scraper if you’re concerned about your child’s tongue hygiene.
If your child is exhibiting the above symptoms or you’re concerned about his or her tongue health, please don’t hesitate to contact your children's dentist Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry here in Parker, Colorado. Also, providing Parker orthodontist care.