What do I need to know about caring for someone with fissured tongue?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
In some cases, fissured tongue occurs as a result of an irritant, such as spicy food. If an irritant causes or exasperates fissured tongue, helping the person avoid the irritant may prevent its occurrence. In still other cases, fissured tongue results from trauma to the tongue, such as chewing or biting down on the tongue. The chewing may occur during sleep, in which case preventive measures can be adopted.

To prevent infection and bad breath, help the person follow a good oral hygiene regimen. Teach them to thoroughly scrub the tongue with a soft toothbrush to clean the grooves of food particles that may cause irritation or infection.

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