Cracked tongue: Causes and Home Remedies
We do not pay all the attention that it deserves, sometimes even when we brush our teeth, but the truth is that the tongue is an organ that can reveal many things about our state of health.
Is the case for example of the cracked tongue (also referred plicated or scrotal tongue), a benign condition that is manifested by the appearance of grooves or fissures in the surface of the tongue. It is considered that the tongue is healthy and clean when it looks pink and smooth. But why these cracks occur? What can we do to prevent it? And above all, what are the most effective remedies?
Although cracked tongue does not usually take further complications, should not be underestimated, it is advisable to consult the doctor about the best remedies to eliminate cracks. Cracked tongue, whose exact cause remains an unanswered question, can occur at any age, being in some cases a hereditary problem. The diabetes also can make us more prone to have cracks in the tongue, to which must be added other factors such as stress, bruxism, spicy foods, snuff and food allergies.
In fact, by eating spicy or hot foods may appear a feeling of pain, as in the case that the cracks of the tongue are too deep (in some cases may reach 6 mm). If in addition to the pain appears swelling, burning sensation or increases the sensitivity in certain areas, we should consult our dentist since we may be facing a problem of fungal infection or other disorders (geographic tongue, for example, an appearance of spots).
What are the best remedies for cracked tongue? If it is not of any annoying symptoms, the problem can be solved by following a few simple tips and home remedies. So, first, you have to take care of oral hygiene, including cleaning of the tongue at the time of tooth brushing. This also helps prevent infections in the tongue.
If the cracked tongue is accompanied by halitosis (bad breath), you should use peroxide toothpaste to remove bacteria may have been accumulated in the fissures. It can also be effective to apply a drop of toothpaste, twice a day, directly on the tongue and extend it.
The garlic and ginger, for its antibacterial properties, are also a good remedy. In this case, peel, cut and crush the two ingredients and add to a glass of water. With the resulting mixture we do gargle. It is also advisable to include in your diet probiotics foods to reduce yeast infection, a frequent risk in the case of cracked tongue.