If you’ve ever had a blister on your tongue, you’ll know it can cause discomfort and pain.
We all know that healthy teeth and gums are essential for overall wellness, but did you know that your tongue also reveals clues about your general health? Blisters and sores on the tongue could be a sign of an underlying condition. If you’ve noticed an unusual bump on your tongue, it could be an indication of one of a number of issues…
What is a canker sore?
Canker sores are a type of oral blister, and are a fairly common issue. They are typically very small and form on the tongue or other areas of the mouth, including the gums and the inside of the cheeks and lips. Also known as a mouth ulcer, canker sores are generally white or yellow, and surrounded by tissue that looks red and swollen.
Some of the most common symptoms of canker sores include pain or a tingling sensation in the affected area, and in some cases, a fever and swollen lymph nodes. While this type of sore usually heals without treatment within a week or two, they can take up to six weeks to fully resolve.
If you notice a canker sore on your tongue or inside your mouth, we recommend that you continue to practice good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and flossing, as this will help to prevent a bacterial infection from developing. You can also use an anti-bacterial mouthwash or a salt water solution to rinse your mouth. If you feel considerable pain, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can recommend a treatment plan to speed up the healing process.
What causes oral candidiasis?
If you’ve noticed tongue blisters or other areas of inflamed tissue in your mouth, you may have a condition known as candidiasis. Also known as oral thrush, the condition occurs when a yeast infection develops in the mouth, causing bumps to appear on the tongue and/or inside the cheeks.
Some of the most common symptoms of oral candidiasis include white or yellow bumps on the gums, lips, tongue or inner cheeks, which may bleed when they are bumped or scraped. The bumps may cause discomfort and pain, as well as a reduced sense of taste and difficulty swallowing.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek professional help. The condition generally clears up within around ten days if it is properly treated. While you are recovering from the condition, we recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth, and once your candidiasis has cleared up, replace your toothbrush to prevent reinfection. Rinsing with salt water can also help to reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms of candidiasis, while an anti-bacterial mouthwash can also aid recovery.
What causes blisters on the lips and tongue?
If you have ruled out both candidiasis and canker sores, it is possible that your tongue blisters were caused as a result of injuries to the tongue. Sometimes, eating crunchy or hard foods like certain candies and potato chips can cause cuts and blisters on the tongue. It is also possible to accidentally bite your tongue when eating, or to burn the surface of the tongue on a hot drink. While these types of injuries generally heal without treatment, it’s important that you stick to good oral hygiene to protect your mouth from harmful bacteria and infection. If a blister or ulcer does not heal within a couple of weeks, we recommend that you come in and see us so that we can check for any underlying conditions.
If you are struggling with any type of tongue blister or oral condition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a consultation.