Dentistry/My Tongue

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I'm 14 and I have a reddish pink thing on the left side near the front of my tongue. I'm scared that it may be a disease and I don't know what to do.

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Angelina,
A "reddish pink thing" really doesn't tell me anything useful except that it's not normal.  What you should do is have it examined by someone who can tell you exactly what it is.  It might be nothing to worry about so you should know that right away.  Or it might be something that requires immediate attention before it becomes something bad, so you should know that right away.  You tell me that you don't know what to do and I'm telling you to have it looked at right away.  If you have a dentist then you need to make an appointment with the dentist right away.  If you don't have a dentist then you should call an oral surgeon, a specialist in this sort of thing, and make an appointment right away.  If it hasn't gone away in the last 7 days then it's not going to go away by itself.  Make that appointment right away.

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Dr. Randolph Myerson

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Please limit your inquiry to questions about orthodontics (braces) and children's dentistry. I am both an Orthodontist and a Pediatric Dentist, having been trained in both of these dental specialty fields. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that treats problems of tooth, bite and jaw alignment using braces and removable appliances. Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty also known as dentistry for children, which deals specifically with the dental problems of this special age group from infants to adolescents. I am also experienced in Forensic Dentistry, the application of dentistry to law enforcement and identification using dental records.

Experience

I have been in the private practice of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry for over 20 years. Prior to that I served for three years on the Cleft Palate and Cranio-facial Reconstruction team at Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia and was an Assistant Professor of Dentistry at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I also served as a dentist in the U.S.Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB in Washington, DC.

Organizations
I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the American Dental Association and the Dental Society of the State of New York.

Education/Credentials
I received my BA in Biology from Frankin & Marshall College in 1969, and my dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1973. In 1978 I received both my Certificate in Orthodontics from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia after completing a three year Teaching Fellowship in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in 1978.

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