Grandmothers (at least mine), to see if we were really sick, told us to pull out the tongue. In the effects of my grandmother, just take a look to figure out if I say a lie … the savoire faire of the experience !!!

But I have always wondered whether this action was or not a real basis; ie scientifically verifiable.

The answer is yes.


The tongue is a moving organ made up of striated muscles and a special lining mucosa on the dorsal surface (the one we see from the outside) which constituates the taste buds … so it is a sense organ. In addition, its extreme mobility within the oral cavity is crucial both during phonation and during chewing.

A healthy tongue has smooth, uniform edges and a dark pink-pink color (depending on the type of subject keratin, because its dorsal surface is keratinized)

The taste buds all (filiforms, fungiforms, leafy, circumvented) have to appear the same color as the tongue and not clearly disparate by size and shape with respect to the others or with respect to how they are habitually. Therefore, physiological harmony of organ must be maintained.

Any change within the oral cavity (being a still small resident) is usually easily detected by the patient; this is even more true for language, than fact comes into contact with each part and with whatever you enter inside.


The tongue can easily alter its morphology, because it is placed in a neural point inside the mouth. Related issues can be related to several causes:

* Infectious-inflammatory;

* bio-mechanical;

* Traumatic;

* allergic-hypersensitivity.

All these different causes that are typically independent of one another (although not always) can cause alterations and dysfunctions. These are modifications of the organ but are typically temporary and not serious; and which tend to be more annoying than painful even if the discomfort can be considerable. In any case, all language-related disorders that cause morphological alteration, are named GLOSSITI.

As mentioned above, there are many types of glosses to a different etiology. As is clear, as in all diseases, the symptom and the clinical sign heal definitively when the cause of the disease is identified and the triggering cause occurs.

However … a glossite is also often caused by non-serious systemic pathologies such as banal flu or colds. This fact has two reasons: 1) it is airborne-transmitted diseases; which then enter the respiratory channel through which the mouth is part; 2) the tongue is a very richly irrigated organ and therefore also affects circulatory systemic infections.

It is good to remember both of these aspects from the clinical point of view because it is often very useful to make many lipoches with SALE (which always contrasts the microbial charge and is economic and natural) and ANTI-BACKGROUND COLLUTTORS and maybe ANTINFLAMMERS.

In the case of glossitis, oral hygiene is always the first aspect to care for. When problems last for a long time instead, it would be helpful to consult your doctor to identify the cause …