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QUESTION: Here is when it all started way back in december. This is what it used to look like. I never had this problem my whole life. started in december.

ANSWER: Steve - Every day of the year, every month and every year the appearance of everyone's tongue changes. So the difference you show from one time to another is normal.  Leave it alone.  If not you are going to drive yourself to a psychological challenge and that could be dangerous.

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QUESTION: I don't see the need to go to mass general for this. We have oral and maxillofacial surgeons here. I went to one a few times already. I've also been to numerous ents. An ent is the dr for tongues so they say. All I know is I'm not making this up and I'm not searching for issues. I feel the grainy raw feeling on tongue and I can't get a decent explanation from anyone yet I still have this issue. Those pictures I sent definitely do not look like a normal tongue. Something is going on.

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Steve -  the pictures you have sent me are quite common.  A high percentage all get changes on the surface of the tongue.  Having examined thousands of people during my many years in practice, I never saw anyone who did have a perfect tongue.  That is because daily changes are normal.  You need to relax and accept and be realistic about your normalcy.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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