Hi Dr Kong- my name is Russ. I get frequent soreness on the tip and right side of my tongue. upon close look it seems the papilla are red and irritated.  Certain foods tend to exacerbate it but there does seem to be a persistent inflammation that flares up very easily based on what i eat, my mouth seems to be sensitive to acidic foods and salt. also whenever i eat potatoe chips that are salty it has an abrasive effect on my tongue. any idea what this is or how to treat?  thanks so much

Hi Russell,

It's difficult to tell you why you are getting the frequent soreness on your tongue without a clinical examination; all oral lesions should be checked out by a professional if it doesn't go away or is consistently present.  Please go see a dentist to get the sore spot checked out.



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John Kong, DDS,


I am a board-certified periodontist and an expert on dental implants. I am currently in private practice at Better Living through Dentistry. I can answer questions related to the treatment of periodontitis (gum disease), dental implants, sinus lifts, bone grafts, gum grafts, surgical exposure of teeth, and minor orthodontics.


I have been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants since 2006 on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY and in Forest Hills, Queens, NY at Better Living through Dentistry. I am currently an attending and Chief of Implantology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

American Board of Periodontology, American Academy of Periodontics, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association

Wesleyan University / Amherst College, BA; SUNY Stony Brook Dental School, DDS; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Certificate in Periodontics; New York University, 1-year program in Full-Mouth Reconstruction; Certified in Invisalign

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Northeast Society of Periodontists Achievement Award

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