“The tongue can paint what the eyes can’t see.” Proverbs
The tongue, on average measures in at just over 3 inches long and is made up of 8 different muscles that are interwoven together. The tongue allows us to taste, helps us form words to speak, and can provide insight about our overall health. The surface of the tongue is bumpy due to the presence of thousands of papillae. Papillae are home to our taste buds which send signals to the brain that allow us to distinguish the difference between sweet, salty, bitter, and sour tastes. The tongue is a muscular organ that is very flexible by nature. This allows the tongue to move in many ways helping to mix food with saliva and move food along through the beginning stages of digestion.
The tongue is an important indicator of our health and can provide clues about what is going on within our body. It is linked to many of our vital organs and the different colors, textures, coatings, and shapes of the tongue can give information regarding our health. Learn how to read your body’s messages by learning more about what shows up on your tongue.
- A pink tongue is healthy and normal.
- A red tongue may indicate heat in the body like a fever or a hormonal imbalance.
- A reddish purple tongue is a sign that there may be inflammation or an infection in the body.
- A pale pink tongue may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, a weak immune system or a lack of energy.
- A thick coating reflects poor intestinal health or digestive issues.
- A yellowish coating indicates there may be an infection in the body.
- A gray or blackish coating indicates a long term digestive disorder or that something may be very wrong with your body’s health.
- A thick white coating means there may be poor circulation to the extremities or possibly a yeast infection.
- If the tongue is puffy with scalloped edges or indented teeth marks it may indicate malabsorption of nutrients.
- A very thin tongue may be a sign of dehydration.
Much like reflexology, different parts of the tongue correspond to different organs in the body. By looking at the condition of different areas of your tongue you can find out what part of your body is not functioning optimally. This illustration represents the tongue as if you are looking into a mirror.
Take a good look at your tongue in the mirror daily and take notice of the colors, textures, bumps, and coatings on your tongue. It is best to inspect your tongue before brushing your teeth and 30 minutes prior to eating. Let your tongue reading inspire and empower you to take charge of your health and make healthy daily habits a priority.
What is your tongue trying to tell you? While serious changes are uncommon it is important to have all areas of concern checked. If you find any abnormalities on your tongue or in your mouth schedule a visit with Dr. Leslie Anthony right away. We recommend you schedule regular preventative appointments every 6 months with Dr. Anthony where she will assess and monitor the overall health of your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue to make sure you stay in optimal health.
Call Leslie B. Anthony, DMD to schedule your appointment today