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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Numbness of the tip of the tongue

08/25/2005

Question:

What might be the reason for isolated numbness of the tip of the tongue on and off in a 45 year old male

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Daniel E Jolly, BA, DDS, FAAHD, FACD, FAGD Daniel E Jolly, BA, DDS, FAAHD, FACD, FAGD
Former Professor of Clinical Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University