Tongue Infection

Posted on : 26-06-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Tongue infection is very bothersome for a person suffering from it and often interferes with daily activities of life like eating, swallowing, speaking. The tongue mainly consists of muscles which are covered up with the mucous membrane. It has taste buds on its surface that enable us to taste the food that we eat. The tongue helps us in chewing and swallowing food. During communication, we use the tongue along with jaws and lips to produce words. When the tongue is infected, its appearance as well as function changes.

There are basically three types of tongue infections:

Viral infections:

The symptoms of a herpes infection of the tongue can vary, depending on how severe the infection is. The signs of a virus infection can range from small white spots (which are tiny blisters filled with highly infectious fluid) and a mild tingling, to painful larger blisters around the tongue. Left alone, the infection will heal up, but can be very painful. It’s better to seek some treatment from your dentist.

Fungal infections:

Fungal Infections are usually caused by “Candida Albicans”. This bug is normally present in the mouth, but at very low levels. During times of stress or a weakened immune system, the Candida gets a chance to spread and frequently sets up home on the tongue or cheeks.

Bacterial infections:

Bacterial infections can result from tongue piercing. It has been shown that metal studs, especially stainless steel, collect more bacteria than titanium or plastic studs. This build-up of bacteria on the stud can lead to a painful infection of the piercing.

Because this is a true bacterial infection, conventional antibiotics such as amoxycillin should work well. The cause of the infection – the stud – should be removed, cleaned in an ultrasonic bath and then sterilized in a vacuum autoclave.

Symptoms of a Tongue Infection:

The most obvious signs of all kinds of tongue infection are pain and swelling. These two symptoms make activities like chewing, swallowing and speech, a painful affair. In case of oral thrush, the tongue turns red and creamy, white lesions are found on its surface. The white patches caused by fungus may spread to the throat and esophagus as well. In some infections, the tongue gets blotchy and the patterns of the blotches keep changing from time to time. It is mostly accompanied by a burning pain in the tongue. Sometimes, bleeding may occur from the infected tongue

Remedies for Tongue Infections:

Gargling with warm, saline water several times a day is highly beneficial in this regard as the salt kills the infection causing pathogens thriving inside the mouth. Maintaining a good oral hygiene is a must when you are going for tongue piercings. The injury and swelling caused by tongue piercing can be managed by sipping warm water after frequent intervals.

Most of the causes of tongue infections can be controlled to a large extent with the help of proper oral hygiene. During this time, one should eat soft food that can be swallowed quite easily. Acidic foods or drinks should be strictly avoided as they can aggravate the symptoms.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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