Is Your Tongue Hinting Vitamin Deficiency?


Whatever we eat on a daily basis, it satisfies the taste buds and hunger regardless of the nutrition factor. However, a balanced diet needs vitamins and minerals in our dietary needs to enhance the health quotient. In the absence of the same, whether over a period of time or short duration, it impacts our body. 

If we notice all the signs our body tries to warn us whenever something is off. The tongue which is the gateway to the land of taste can have early symptoms. 

Here are some of the common vitamin deficiencies that may cause evident tongue conditions:


Geographic Tongue - The tongue appears like a map, hence the name. People with this condition have smooth, reddish patches surrounded by white borders on the tongue. This is not contagious but some people feel a burning or stinging sensation. Vitamin B6, B12, and B9 deficiencies have been associated with geographic tongue.


Smooth Tongue - In smooth tongue condition the tiny bumps on the tongue shrinks and/or disappear giving it a bald/shiny and thin look, hence the name. The tongue could be highly tender and sensitive to spices. This condition has been associated with a lack of folic acid, iron, riboflavin, vitamin B12.


Atrophic Glossitis - The absence of tiny bumps that are not tastebuds but help in food chewing, on the tongue is called Atrophic Glossitis. It reflects deficiencies of riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin B12, folic acid, iron, zinc, and vitamin E, to name a few. 


Burning Tongue - Burning tongue syndrome is a condition in which the burning sensation is felt on the tongue, inside the mouth or just outside - around the lips. It is said to be linked to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, iron and zinc deficiency.


Although we want to keep you informed of all the symptoms and signs to look out for, you must consult an experienced dentist if you see or feel something unusual. We are here to help you, at MyDentalPlan - India’s largest dental network, you will find 5000+ dentists in 300+ cities. Additionally, there are dental plans that are curated to make your life easier. Consultation plans like My99Plan, offer the opportunity to consult any MyDentalPlan network dentist across the country for a lifetime at JUST 99. What are you waiting for?

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