Red Dots On Tongue | The Causes and How To Treat Them

Nov 15, 2021 | Blog

Your tongue is a powerful, muscular organ that you use every day, and it has a varied and populated geography. That said, however, it’s easy to spot when there’s something amiss. For example, you may notice the appearance of red dots on your tongue, which can be worrisome.

That’s why, in this article, we will break down some of the causes behind this and how you can treat them appropriately.

A healthy tongue contains many tiny bumps called papillae that are responsible for sending taste and touch signals to the brain. They have a uniform texture and color, so anything that looks or feels odd on your tongue is usually immediately apparent.

Red Dots On Tongue: What Causes Them?

Red bumps on the tongue are usually the result of a condition called transient lingual papillitis. Those small red bumps on the tongue are papillae that have become inflamed. This inflammation happens because of injury to the tongue, which can be due to accidentally biting down on it, for example. However, viral infection, malnutrition, and stress can also cause these bumps. Fortunately, as the “transient” in the name implies, these bumps heal by themselves and don’t last very long.

Talking about injuring your tongue: it’s possible to cause damage to the tongue by eating foods that are too hot. Drinking a very hot beverage, for example, can lead to the tongue developing blisters. These can be painful and have an increased sensitivity to heat.

Another cause for red dots on the tongue is scarlet fever, a bacterial infection that affects the throat and nose. It has the distinct symptom of “strawberry tongue,” which describes the tongue becoming very red and covered in bumps. Other symptoms include fever, a sore throat, and headache, accompanied by a rash that affects the abdomen.

How To Treat Red Dots On Tongue

How red spots on the tongue are treated depends on the cause. When dealing with inflamed papillae, the symptoms will subside on their own in most cases. You can help the healing process by maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding foods that are too hot, spicy, or acidic. The same applies to blisters on the tongue – they’ll go away on their own; additionally, you can prevent a blister from bursting by not sucking on sweets or using a straw.

Conclusion: What If Your Red Dots Don’t Go Away

A healthy tongue is part of a healthy mouth, which in turn can tell a lot about your overall health. That’s why, if your symptoms don’t subside within a week or so, it’s a great idea to contact a qualified oral healthcare professional.

At Champions Dental, we offer a first-class dental experience to all of our patients. With more than 15 years of experience, we pride ourselves on helping everyone maintain excellent oral health and a radiant smile. We also use the most advanced treatment techniques to offer an unmatched level of care in Houston, TX. So, if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, we’d love to see you! Please give us a call at (281) 866-0442.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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