A person chronically bites their tongue because it is a nervous habit, says Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. on Huffington Post. The Dentistry iQ Network goes on to say that this nervous habit is often caused by stress, such as starting a new semester at school or planning a wedding.Know More
Although tongue chewing is a fairly common habit in the majority of the population, it is one that needs to be broken, Dentistry IQ Network states. It damages the tissue of the tongue and results in hyperkeratosis, which is an abnormal thickening of skin. Along with thickening, the part of the tongue being chewed on also pales and turns white. This leads to ulceration and sores on the tongue and, in severe cases, results in carcinoma.
According to Dentistry IQ Network, there are techniques to help people break the habit of tongue chewing. The first step is for the person to realize when he or she is doing it: during the night or during the day. Wearing a mouth guard protects the tissues of the mouth from trauma caused by teeth and is especially effective during the night when tongue chewing occurs subconsciously. Another technique to deal with chronic tongue chewing is to attack the root of the problem, which is often stress, and replace it with a new, less harmful coping strategy.Learn more about Wounds & Bruises
Healthline says that biting the tongue can lead to white sores, and canker sores are also white sores that occur for no apparent reason. According to WebMD, there are several causes for white spots on the tongue: leukoplakia, oral thrush or oral lichen planus.Full Answer >
A canker sore can be on the tongue, according to WebMD. A canker sore can also be on the inside of the cheek or lip.Full Answer >
To heal a tongue burn, it is suggested rendering basic first aid following the burn, including rinsing the area, removing any particles from the burn and holding a clean wet cloth on the burn, according to Healthline. Healing can be helped by avoiding hot liquids that might irritate the burn, gargling with saltwater and sucking on ice chips or sprinkling sugar on the tongue to alleviate pain.Full Answer >
KidsHealth explains that some people bruise more easily than others because of differences in the toughness of the skin tissue, the presence of certain diseases or conditions and the effects of some medications. Blood vessels also usually become fragile over time, which is why older people tend to bruise more easily.Full Answer >