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What is smooth tongue?

Smooth tongue occurs when the normal bumps on the tongue (papillae) are no longer visible. This is often a symptom of tongue inflammation, called glossitis. Glossitis can be caused by many health conditions, including yeast infections, vitamin deficiencies, anemia, Sjogren syndrome, hormonal issues, some skin diseases and some medications. It can also be due to irritating chemicals, such as tobacco, mouthwash, alcohol or irritating foods. Symptoms of glossitis include tongue pain and swelling.

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