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Friday, September 30, 2016
Lines on Tongue
I have noticed lines on my tongue the last couple of days and this evening I noticed that the lines are red. Like some sort of crack. A little uncomfortable but not terribly bad. Any ideas? Thanks.
It would be difficult to say without examining your tongue.
Fissured tongue is a common variation of normal anatomy that is seen in about 20% of people. What appear to be cracks (they are really shallow grooves) develop on the top of the tongue sometime after the teenage years usually. Sometimes a condition called "geographic tongue" will occur in people who have fissured tongue. This is also harmless, but it can be a little annoying. More information about geographic tongue can be found at the link below the answer.
If you want a definite answer, you should make an appointment to see an oral pathologist for evaluation.
Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University