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I just noticed while examine my tongue a yellow area on the very back lateral side of my tongue. It doesn't really look this way on the other side of my tongue. The tongue tissue looks more yellow with veins running through it. Is this normal or something I need to have checked out? I included a pic it's the spot on the very far back base of my tongue on the lateral border towards the bottom of the tongue on the other side of the indent.  I also suffer from geographic tongue but it never affects this side of my tongue only my left side and dorsal surface. Thanks.

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Dear Kim,
would like to help you.
Regretfully, without palpating the yellow area, it is not possible for me to help you and tell you that I think everything is ok, but to be sure you should have someone make a diagnosis that is not based on your good description and excellent intra-oral photo.  There just is not enough information here for me to be absolutely sure nothing serious is going on.
My best guess is you are OK. My best advice, see someone in the next couple of weeks so that you and I are sure.
All the best,
Dr. Moss

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I am a professor emeritus at New York University, with a background that includes extensive research, scientific writing and biology. I also am an international consultant in health education, particularly in developing education on new science for health professionals and consumers. I am a past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, former head of the NYU Division of Oral Biology and I represent the World Dental Federation at the United Nations. I travel around the world to provide health education to professionals and consumers.

Experience

Having retired from New York Universit, where I directed the pediatric dentistry training program, a walk-in dental clinic and research on oral biology, I formalized my professional and consumer health education initiative in the form of Health Education Enterprises. This entity consults and provides information on new science pertaining to oral and general health, particularly leading edge concepts that can be employed in the health professions to improve the public's health. As such, I am an expert in communicating new science and its usefulness to professional and lay audiences alike. I also had a pediatric dentistry practice in New York City for nearly 30 years.

Organizations
I am affiliated with the American Dental Association, the World Dental Federation, the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry among other formal organizations. My experience has included a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and work at the Forsythe Dental Research Center

Publications
lpha Omegan USA, Nowa Stomatologia Poland, Journal of Public Health Dentistry, The Journal of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry USA, News Bulletin Japan, Journal of Marmara University Dental Faculty Turkey, Italian Journal of Paediatric Dentistry Italy, Asian Dentist Singapore, The Journal of the Israel Dental Association Israel, ROBRAC Brazil, Italian Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Italy, FDI World, STOMA Portugal, Pediatric Dentistry The Philippines, Modern Stomatology Bulgaria, Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry India

Education/Credentials
I obtained a doctor of dental science (DDS) degree, a master of science degree and am a board certified pediatric dentist.

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