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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Swollen taste buds on the back of the tongue

12/05/2007

Question:

i have a question regarding the back of the tongue. on the back of mine, the taste buds are swollen big time, and actually it looks like the back of my tongue was chewed up and spit back out on the tongue, is this normal and what causes this to happen, they actually look like blisters but i was told that they are just my taste buds and they are swollen. please respond thank you

Answer:

They are probably taste buds (circumvallate papillae) that form a 'V" shape (8-12 should be present) on the flat top of your tongue in the back towards your throat, or they may be tongue (lingual) tonsils (two should be present, one on each side) on the sides underneath your tongue. You can have your local dentist check them. 

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University