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Purple spot under tongue

11/04/2008

Question:

I seen a doctor for a check up and I told him I was going to see a dentist and he told me That I mightr want to mention to the dentist that I had a purple spot under my tongue what does that mean she acted very concerned

Answer:

Most "purple spots" under the tongue represent varices (also known as varicose veins). These are common and harmless. You should see your dentist so that he or she can confirm this, however.

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Response by:

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