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Why Do Your Taste Buds Swell?


Posted on 6/10/2018 by Office
Swelling Taste Buds Joshua Austin, DDS FAGD FACD TX 78249People depend on their taste buds. It is one of the important senses in their lives. When the taste buds don't work, it is difficult to do many things It takes away the ability to enjoy many of life's daily activities.

That is why it is important to make sure the taste buds are always healthy and working. If they start to swell people need to know what to do. They need to know why it happens and what steps they can take to get things back to normal.

How they Work
The taste buds are inside the bumps on the tongue known as papillae. The taste buds have cells connected to nerve fibers that send the messages to the brain. There are three types of papillae, the fungiform, circumvallate and foliate, located on different parts of the tongue. Most people are not able to feel their taste buds. This changes when the taste buds begin to swell.

Causes of Taste Bud Swelling

There are many reasons the taste buds will swell. Many of the causes have to do with what you put into your mouth. Acid reflux, acidic foods, hot foods that burn the taste buds or foods you have an allergy to can cause the swelling.

Habits such as tobacco use and overly aggressive brushing or tongue scraping are another reason. If a person has an infection in the mouth or suffers from oral cancer, they may experience swelling. Sharp teeth and other sharp objects can damage the taste buds.

There are many times when the swelling of the taste buds is not a serious problem. The swelling can resolve on its own in some cases. There are other times when the problem is more serious and requires the help of a dental professional.

If you are not sure whether your taste buds are swollen or how serious the problem is, take the time to contact our offices. We are ready to help you determine what the net step you should take is.
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