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Here is a zoomed in picture of my tongue. I would like to know what those skin like things are. They are white and look all dried out. My concern is that I've been dealing with this problem now for a long time. Some of these red spots are a little raw feeling but nothing painful. More annoying than anything bc my tongue feels like sandpaper.  There's gotta be a cause here but I can't seem to find it. I need to get it in my head that no matter the cause it's nothing serious. Could u take a close look at the pic and set my mind at ease? Thanks!!

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Steve - those furrows in your tongue are normal.  Their purpose is to allow your tongue to widen and expand during its functioning.  Again RELAX - your tongue is normal and your are creating any irritations that occur.

You need to speak with a psychotherapist immediately before you produce self inflicted damage.

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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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