Pain in Tongue

Mouth | Odontologie | Pain in Tongue (Symptom)


Pain in the tongue or tongue problems include pain, swelling or change in appearance of the tongue. The tongue is mainly composed of muscles and covered by a mucous membrane. The upper surface is covered with small bumps (papillae).


There are many different reasons for changes in function and appearance of the tongue. Problems in moving the tongue are most often caused by nerve damage. In rare cases, problems moving the tongue may also be caused by a disorder ankyloglossia whereby the band of tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too short. Movement disorders of the tongue may cause: difficulty moving food during chewing and swallowing, and slurred speech.