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Fissured Tongue


Fissured tongue

is a condition that causes deep grooves on the surface of your tongue. Some people also have grooves along the side of the tongue. Others may have one deep groove down the center of the tongue and smaller grooves that branch out. Fissured tongue may happen along with geographic tongue. Ask your healthcare provider for information about geographic tongue.

Contact your healthcare or dental provider if:

  • The soreness prevents you from eating.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for fissured tongue

is not usually needed. Food can become trapped in the grooves. The trapped food can cause your tongue to become irritated. Your healthcare provider will recommend the following:

  • Use mouthwash daily.
  • Brush your tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush at least 2 times per day.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.