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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Ridges along sides of tongue

05/17/2007

Question:

Hello and thank you for your information. I`m a hypochondriac and recently I`ve noticed multiple ridges along each side of my tongue. Is that normal? They are just flesh-colored like my tongue.

Answer:

The ridges that you are describing are found rather frequently in people who have relatively large tongues or relatively small jaws, resulting in the tongue being compressed against the inner surfaces of the teeth. Occasionally people will have an unconscious habit of pushing their tongue against the teeth, and this may even occur at night. The resulting ridges are harmless.

If the entire tongue seems like it has been enlarging over the past few months, or if it has a firmer than normal texture, then you may want to be evaluated by an oral pathologist.

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University