Causes of Geographic Tongue
There is some uncertainty as to what actually causes geographic tongue. Some have speculated that genetics, psoriasis, and stress are possible causes. Overall, more research needs to be done to determine why the condition develops. What we do know is that it’s not caused by any specific disease or infection, and there is no risk of it turning into cancer. It is also not contagious.
Treatment for Geographic Tongue
While there is no cure for geographic tongue, the condition normally resolves itself on its own — and many people with geographic tongue do not experience any symptoms.
There are treatment options available to manage any pain you might feel, including over-the-counter pain relievers, mouth rinses with anesthetics, and steroids. If you have geographic tongue, we might also recommend that you avoid spicy/acidic foods as well as tobacco, which can both cause a burning sensation on the sensitive areas of your tongue.
If you have this condition or need a diagnosis, Dr. Orr can perform an examination to determine the best ways to relieve any discomfort you have.Contact Us