teeth marks on sides of my tongue

Answered on December 17, 2014
Created December 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I woke up monday morning with swollen tongue and teeth marks on both sides. I went to the doctor and he said it was nothing to worry about and it should go away in a day or two. Todays wednesday and nothing's changed. I've googled but haven't really found a answer except chinese remedies and b12 dif, are teeth marks just a normal thing or something to be concerned with.

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on December 10, 2014
at 10:26 PM

An astute doctor might have suggested a test for sleep apnea:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16360522




In high-risk patients we found tongue scalloping to be predictive of sleep pathology. Tongue scalloping was also associated with pathologic polysomnography data and abnormal Mallampati grades. We feel the finding of tongue scalloping is a useful clinical indicator of sleep pathology and that its presence should prompt the physician to inquire about snoring history"



on December 11, 2014
at 11:52 AM

Excellent find.  I do suffer from sleep issues, though it's not apnea.


on December 11, 2014
at 11:12 PM

I went to doctors yesterday and got a blood test, she said the last blood test i had 3yrs ago showed low b12 and signs of suger diabetes. I wondered why a doctor at the clinic woulded have got back to me 3 yrs ago considering this find. Anyway what can you do, at least it's getting sorted now. 

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on December 17, 2014
at 02:21 AM

According to chinese medicine, if you have teeth marks in your tongue it is due to slight swelling due to excess water being held in your body. Recommended treatment is usually dampness-dispelling foods an herbs, such as onions, ginger, cinnamon, and anything with a diuretic property.

I don't know anything about diagnosing your tongue problem in western terms, though. Sorry!



on December 12, 2014
at 08:42 PM

when i 'google researched' this myself a while back,
two avenues for further investigation stood out;

1. Obstructive sleep apnea/apnoea (OSA).

2. Thyroid issues (Hypothyroid).

I think for either of these to apply, the tongue needs to look swollen as well.

Google "scalloped tongue" & sleep apnea or thyroid/hypothyroid for more info.

Here is one link with photos related to hypothyroidism; Clinical Picture of Hypothyroidism

edit: just thinking, if the swollen tongue is due to hypothyroidism, then OSA would just be a symptom of the swollen tongue. fix the swollen tongue (hypothyroidism) and you fix the OSA (if the osa is due to the swollen tongue).



on December 10, 2014
at 11:50 AM

I have this too, but haven't found the reason for it.  Google isn't much help, leads to silly stuff about chinese medicine and such. While there may be some explanation there, I'm not sure it's valid.


Either our tongues are showing symptoms of adrenal/kidney issues (but I don't seem to be holding on to water anywhere else) or it could be our skulls have shrunk from gain exposure when we were kids  - I do have tooth crowding, so that's likely.


on December 10, 2014
at 12:00 PM

I think i might get a blood test and check things out a bit further, swollen tongue cant be nothing considering I've had no issues before. Maybe the chinese are on to something ????



on December 11, 2014
at 11:51 AM

Probably.  They'd have experimented.  they saw some symptom and saw some herb have an effect, but I'd also want an explanation rather than well if you see this and you take this, it goes away.

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