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Anyone have teeth marks on side of tongue?

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Tigerblue Thu 28-Nov-13 10:24:51

Have been having a good look inside my mouth the last week or so, as I have a large ulcer under my tongue and my mouth and tongue has been feeling sore, and I've noticed that I've got really strong teeth indent marks on the side of my tongue. I've had a look in my family's mouths and no one else has.

Does anyone else have these? Are you well or do you have any regular aches/pains or digestive problems? I know the tongue can indicate health problems, but on looking this up loads of different things are coming up.

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RockinD Thu 28-Nov-13 12:51:16

Piecrust tongue is a classic sign of hypothyroidism, so if your tongue looks scalloped round the edges, you might want to get your thyroid tested.

princessalbert Thu 28-Nov-13 13:00:43

Ooh I just posted a sore tongue query yesterday. (In Chat)

Has it been sore long?

LoopyLobster Thu 28-Nov-13 13:02:49

I do too, didn't realise it was a problem

LoopyLobster Thu 28-Nov-13 13:04:25

big tongue?

binger Thu 28-Nov-13 13:17:19

I do this when I am anxious and grinding my teeth in my sleep. can get really sore.

mawbroon Thu 28-Nov-13 13:21:34

Tongue thrusting?

Try closing your eyes and concentrating really hard whilst swallowing. See if you notice where your tongue goes when you swallow. It should only go up to the roof of your mouth.

How are your teeth in terms of straightness etc?

Tigerblue Thu 28-Nov-13 14:12:47

Thanks for your replies. My tongue has been sore about a week, the ulcer I had is easing, so hopeful rest of mouth will ease soon.

When I swallow does go up to the roof of my mouth. Teeth are reasonably straight (had braces as a child as my front teeth were far forward) inside the teeth, the lower teeth are a little more in than my upper teeth.

Am obviously going to keep an eye on it for the next couple of weeks and will look up hypothyroidism so I can keep any eye on the symptons for that.

Any other ideas are still welcome.

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Colinbakergotfat Fri 29-Nov-13 15:14:26

I have this in the extreme. My dentist says it is related to my bite and how I sleep - similar to tooth grinding.

digerd Fri 29-Nov-13 18:05:20

I'd advise you to see your dentist as he/she may be able to do something.

princessalbert Sat 30-Nov-13 11:22:38

Any improvement OP?

Mine has cleared up now. I woke up yesterday morning feeling so much better - so must have been just an indicator of being generally knackered grin

Tigerblue Sat 30-Nov-13 14:20:55

My mouth isn't so sore, which is good. Teeth marks are still there. One of my teeth is playing up a bit, so think I'll be seeing the dentist soon, so will ask.

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Yamyoid Sat 30-Nov-13 14:23:23

My tongue has big indents from my teeth. I'm not aware of any health problems but think I sometimes clench my teeth in my sleep.

BuzzardBird Sat 30-Nov-13 14:25:14

My tongue is really scalloped too! I suffer with ulcers a lot too.

AngiBolen Sat 30-Nov-13 14:33:36

I thought a scallopped tongue was a sign of a vitimin deficiency.

Mrsmorton Sat 30-Nov-13 19:01:18

Tongue scalloping is usually a sign of clenching/grinding at night. Your teeth shouldn't be together when you're sleeping or usually throughout the day, when they are and you swallow it changed the pressure inside your mouth and sucks your tongue to the sides hence the scalloping.

FairyTrain Sat 30-Nov-13 19:06:11

Had this on and off for years, finally diagnosed with loads of mild food allergies (including toothpaste and the metal within my crown) as well as tongue thrusting when stressed! Avoiding any foods I'm allergic to and gum shield at nights has fixed all my tongue issues...hope your issue is more straightforward..

Fairylea Sat 30-Nov-13 19:06:14

I am hypothyroid and I have a tongue exactly like that..
I never knew it was a symptom of low thyroid. Ooo you learn something new every day...... !

nooka Sat 30-Nov-13 19:27:06

My tongue has scalloped indents. No one has ever suggested that it's a problem, and I've seen the dentist/hygienist plenty recently. I get ulcers every now and then, but I've always assumed that they were related to poor dental hygiene. I don't get them if I use mouthwash. The only other possibly related thing I get is a throat issue where it feels like I have a stone stuck in my throat. I'm waiting for a referral for that.

CarolineDeWinter Sun 01-Dec-13 21:37:38

My dentist says it's because I'm a teeth clencher! I'm supposed to wear this sort of shield in my mouth at night.

DianaOfThemyscira Sun 01-Dec-13 21:47:37

I am a clencher, and have these indentations on my tongue. My dentist has given me a bite raising appliance (gum shield) to wear at night. It's quite new, so I don't think it has improved any yet, and I'm not sure, but I might be chewing the gumshield in my sleep, which may be worse than just clenching (stress related)

In You Are What You Eat, Gillian McKeithsays its a sign of nutritional deficiency: digestive impairment and poss spleen. If your spleen is weak you have gas and bloating.
She advises: Nourish the spleen with kidney beans, mung beans, barley, millet, turnips, yams, fish, root vegetables, chicken, parsnips, pumpkin oats carrots celery parsley.
A sore tongue=iron, b6 or niacin deficiency.

Disclaimer- this is straight from the book, I have no idea how accurate she is.

giraffesCantSledge Mon 02-Dec-13 06:29:32

yes when have a temp/ill

HectorVector Mon 02-Dec-13 06:39:20

My DH has this I've always assumed his tongue is just a bit too big for his mouth? Now I'm worried about his thyroid! Why do I click on these threads.

RockinD Mon 02-Dec-13 12:39:34

I think nooka should be concerned about her thyroid. Scalloped tongue and a feeling of having something stuck in her throat...

Are you being referred to ENT or endocrinology?

nooka Tue 03-Dec-13 02:02:02

Gastro. Although the GP was very dismissive, and it's a problem I've had on and off for almost 20 years (especially in the winter for some reason. I'd love a solution to it though!

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