Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Glossitis Treatment

Treatment for glossitis depends on the underlying cause. Treatment usually includes good oral hygiene, saltwater gargles three times per day, and tongue brushing three times per day. Depending on the underlying cause glossitis may be treated with antibiotics or vitamin supplements.

Treatment options for glossitis include:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene:
    • Brush your teeth after meals and at bedtime.
    • Floss your teeth every day.
    • Gargle with dilute saltwater three times per day.
  • Brush your tongue three times a day.
  • Clean the tongue with a tongue scraper each day.
  • Antibiotics for glossitis
  • Antifungal medications for glossitis
  • Vitamin B supplements
  • Topical oral anesthetic:
  • Topical dental paste:

Glossitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat glossitis:

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Glossitis References
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