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Monday, January 16, 2017
Dental and Oral Health (Adults)
Numbness of the tip of the tongue
What might be the reason for isolated numbness of the tip of the tongue on and off in a 45 year old male
Episodic numbness probably indicates some kind of local habit or trauma - either smoking, food, biting, etc. An isolated spot probably does not indicate neurological problems. If the tongue looks normal and has no bumps, ulcers, or lesions it is not likely to be a cancer. I can only suggest you check with an oral surgeon or an oral medicine specialist in a nearby dental school or academic medical center for an examination.
Daniel E Jolly, BA, DDS, FAAHD, FACD, FAGD
Former Professor of Clinical Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University