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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Swollen Taste Buds



Several days ago I noticed a sensitivity of my tongue. Spicy, salty foods seemed to irritate it. In looking at the texture, I see that many of the taste buds are more prickly looking. I had been eating a lot of tomatoes with salt as well as blackberries and wondered if it was the acid from the fruits that may have caused it. Besides not eating acidic and spicy foods, what can I do to heal it?


If you have never had this problem before, a bland, soft-textured diet for 2-3 days should resolve the issue. If it does not, it is possible that you have something called geographic tongue. It comes and goes and has areas that look smoother than the other areas of your tongue. It can be sensitive to spices and salt. It also will resolve on its own. 

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Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University