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 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.