COVID-19: Office Updates

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Does a Fissured Tongue Need Treatment?

Posted on 2/8/2021 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Does a Fissured Tongue Need Treatment?Sometimes we see a patient with a fissured tongue or a tongue that displays single, multiple, shallow, or deep grooves or fissures. Frequently, a prominent fissure is seen in the middle of the tongue. While this anomaly can be somewhat pronounced, a fissured tongue is not medically serious.

How Does a Fissured Tongue Develop?

According to the American Academy of Oral Medicine, most tongue fissures develop on the middle third of a person's tongue and only occur in about 5% of the U.S population. The condition often affects older men, and the severity increases as people age. In some cases, a white coating may develop on the tongue if it is not thoroughly cleaned. Researchers do not know what causes a fissured tongue. However, a fissured tongue and geographic tongue may occur in combination. A geographic tongue is also called benign migratory glossitis, an inflammation that typically appears on the tongue's sides and top.

Cleaning a Fissured Tongue

It is essential to clean a fissured tongue to reduce problems with bad breath or with infections. When a tongue shows a white coating, it results from a swelling and overgrowth of the tongue's papillae – fingerlike projections on a tongue's surface. The white coating results when dead cells, bacteria, and debris become lodged within the sometimes inflamed and enlarged papillae. To ensure that you do not have this problem, you should clean your tongue every day, whether it is fissured or not, either in the morning or evening, when you brush your teeth. We often suggest using baking soda on the tongue and a soft toothbrush to arrest the harmful bacteria in the mouth. Always brush your tongue after you brush your teeth.

If you have a fissured tongue, you still need to make sure you clean it well. While a cracked tongue is not a real cause for concern, you need to keep it clean to prevent infections or halitosis. Also, scheduling regular exams and professional cleanings should be on your to-do list. Give us a call today if you need to schedule a dental check-up and cleaning.

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