When was the last time you touched your tongue and really examined it in the mirror? Doctor Oz said that whether your tongue is smooth, bumpy, dark or light could be telling you something. Do you know how your tongue can teach you about your health? Dr Oz’s Assistant of the Day stuck out her tongue and Dr Oz examined it by looking for signs of Oral cancer on the sides of the tongue and on the bottom. The tongue should look fairly smooth but just with tiny little bumps. Did you know that your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body, because your tongue is actually made up of 8 different muscles. Also, did you know that not only do you have tastebuds towards the front of your tongue, but you also have some tastebuds way back down near your throat.
Thrush & Anemia
Dr Oz said that if you have a white or pale colored tongue, you could have Anemia, an iron deficiency or vitamin b / b12 deficiency, because if you are missing red blood cells, your tissue in your tongue will look pale. If you just have a white coating on part of your tongue, it could be something called Thrush as well.
Dr Oz said that if you have a little blister on your tongue that hurts when you touch it, it is most commonly an allergic reaction to something. However, if the ulcer does not go away after about 3 days, you should get checked for Oral Cancer. Dr Oz did say that usually Oral Cancer is on the sides or back and not on the top of the tongue.
Dr Oz said that if you have an odd texture on your tongue that looks like a Hairy Tongue, then it could be caused by poor oral hygiene, not brushing enough and the dark color of the hairs can be caused by drinking coffee. The photo that Dr Oz showed of the hairy tongue literally looked like a tongue with dark hair growing in a patch. Dr Oz said that if you have a Hairy Tongue, you should try to use a Tongue Scraper to help with this.