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What would cause my tongue to split and feel sore and red

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What would cause my tongue to split and feel sore and red? I was just at the dentist last week, he said i have a dry tongue and asked me if i was eating a lot of citrus, which i was recently. he gave me some kind of salve to put on and a dry mouth rinse. I don't think i had the split when i saw him, it just developed. I am not a smoker nor drinker.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  replied 7 years ago.
Dear ,

There are a wide variety of different disorders that could present with the symptoms you describe. It is true that xerostomia (dry mouth) can cause a sensation of burning and irritation of the tongue, but it is only one of many different causes. In fact, you could fill an oral pathology textbook with mucous membrane disorders that present as glossodynia (tongue burning). Among the more common disorders are transient lingual papillitis, benign migratory glossitis, candidiasis (yeast
infection), lichen planus, lichenoid reaction, and pemphigoid. There are many others as well.

If your tongue soreness has persisted for more than two weeks, it should be properly diagnosed. For that purpose, the best type of doctor to visit would be an oral pathologist. Your dentist may be able to provide a referral to a local oral pathologist; alternately, you may be able to find one near to you at the web site of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology:

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