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Does fissured tongue affect children differently than adults?

Fissured tongue affects adults and children in similar ways. The condition causes grooves to develop in the tongue, making the tongue look wrinkled. Sometimes, if the grooves are deep enough, adults and children may get a burning sensation when they eat certain spicy or acidic foods. This is fairly rare, however. If the grooves are deep enough, bacteria or bits of food can get inside the grooves, leading to bad breath or fungal infections of the tongue.

Fissured tongue may be present at birth or during early childhood, but symptoms may be mild or nonexistent. Symptoms may develop or increase as an individual grows older. Age, therefore, is considered a risk factor for fissured tongue.

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