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I have had a sore tongue on the left side for about a month,

Customer Question

JA: Hi. How can I help?
Customer: i have had a sore tongue on the left side for about a month, and now i have noticed white spots on the left side of my tonsils
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: its more of an irritation than a pain, I've had it for about a month, nothing seems to aggravate it, its just always there
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the dentist should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 month ago.


If you can upload a photo it would help in the diagnosis.

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You can use the "PAPER CLIP ICON" ,

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Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 month ago.

Hi, thanks for the photo. I can see the tonsils real well and those appear to be lymphoid aggregates which are normal and are of no concern unless they enlarge and become painful.

The photo is a little blurred for the tongue so if you could send a sharper image it would help. What I do notice is a slightly red area which is normally caused by irritation or trauma that is a result of eating and chewing and could also be from spicy or acidic foods as well. Both of which are transient and will disappear on their own if the irritant or trauma is removed.

If you can, please upload another pic of the tongue. Thnaks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
this is the side thats irritated
Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 month ago.

Thanks!! That is what I thought when I saw your first pic!!

That is definitely from trauma from eating and chewing. Just be more gentle when chewing going forward and the area will heal otherwise it will just stay traumatized but will not develop into anything dangerous or to be concerned about.

This is a common issue for folks especially for the ones that eat in a hurry and chew quickly. No treatment is needed except being a little more careful when eating. Hope this answers your question? If you need more information please do ask. Thanks.

Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 month ago.

Hi, are you still there?

Expert:  Root Canal Doctor replied 1 month ago.

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