There are quite a few symptoms which affect the tongue. Normally a healthy pink color and covered in a uniform layer of small bumps called papillae, a tongue with any unusual growths or discoloration may actually be an early-warning sign for another more serious malady.
So, grab a mirror, open wide and discover what your tongue is trying to tell you. If you recognize any of these symptoms, check with your doctor or dentist to get a proper diagnosis.
1. Bald Tongue
If your tongue is smooth and pale, you may have what is called atrophic glossitis, an inflammatory condition that causes that tongue’s papillae to die and shed, leaving behind a smooth, shiny tongue. This is usually caused by a B12 or iron deficiency.