We've all heard the expression "bite your tongue," but what does it mean when you unconsciously are? Teeth marks on the edges of your tongue are a sign that you are literally biting your tongue. You may be pressing your tongue against your jaw due to anxiety. Or, your tongue may be enlarged, swollen, or inflamed so that it no longer fits in your mouth. A tongue with teeth marks is called a scalloped tongue, a pie-crust tongue, or crenulated tongue. Whatever the cause of your tongue's crimped edges, Ayurveda can help!
Tension in the Throat Area
Many people, when anxious, unconsciously tense up the muscles in their jaw area. This may including pressing your tongue against your jaw, and sucking on your saliva (causing the tip of the tongue to press up against the teeth). Or, it can include tensing any number of muscles. You may stiffen your upper lip, clench your jaw, or tighten up your vocal chords, making your voice harsh and squeaky.
Mouth tension causes scallops
These conditions are all related to biting your tongue, and are fundamentally throat chakra issues.
The throat chakra governs expression - speaking one's truth - and there are several reasons why someone might hold back. They may have fear or anxiety (Vata), be overly self critical (Pitta), or under-confident (Kapha). Whatever the reason for self-censorship, healthy self expression is essential. Start by relaxing jaw muscles, including the lips, jaw, tongue, epiglottis, vocal chords, and finally neck and shoulders. To relax the lips tense them first, then release. To relax your tongue, press it against your teeth, then let it relax. To relax your jaw, clench it, then relax it. To relax the epiglottis, swallow and hold, then release the swallow. To relax the neck and shoulders tense them up first then release them. Contraction and release exercises help you regain conscious control over these muscles. Finally, release tension in vocal chords through singing. As you sing, try to relax all the tension in your vocal chords, letting the breath move smoothly. Singing is a great way to improve self-expression.
Before I studied Ayurveda, I had severe tension in my jaw muscles, causing a scalloped tongue, teeth grinding, and TMJ, a painful joint condition of the jaw. I even dislodged the disc between my jaw line and my skull, and could hardly open my mouth. Practicing contraction and release of the jaw muscles, then holding them in a relaxed position, helped me realize that behind my TMJ and scalloped tongue was not only fear of self-expression, but fear of choking on foods. When I relaxed my jaw, I felt this fear clearly, and it was overwhelming. I practiced contraction and release of these muscles, and slowly my jaw began to relax.
The throat chakra also governs thyroid function. This is why so many people with hypothyroid also have a scalloped tongue. To avoid hypothyroidism, and teeth marks on the edges of your tongue - try improving healthy communication skills!
Teeth marks may be due to enlargement or inflammation of the tongue, called macroglossia or glossitis. The most common cause is malabsorption. Malabsorption may be a sign of weak digestion or enzyme deficiency (Vata type), which means food is never broken down completely. Or, malabsorption may be the result of destruction of villi (the lining of the small intestine) so that absorption never takes place. Destruction of villi is common when there are food allergies (Pitta type). When there is a deficiency in folate or B12 due to malabsorption, an overproduction of red blood cells occurs creating a condition called megaloblastic anemia, which makes the tongue swell.
Macroglossia can be due to water retention, poor circulation, or lymphatic congestion as well (Kapha type) due to poor metabolism and thickening of the blood. Kapha type tongue swelling may also be due to hypothyroidism.
Glossitis can be due to inflammation in the GI tract moving upwards into the tongue (urdhva gati Pitta in anna vaha srotas). What happens below in the GI tract, often happens above as well. When your intestines are inflamed and swollen, your tongue may become swollen, causing teeth marks. Glossitis may come from systemic inflammation or high Pitta due to other non-digestive related causes as well. An example is high bilirubin in the blood.
If your tongue is swollen, check to see if you have any pain anywhere in the digestive tract by palpating from your stomach down to your colon. Pain or tenderness may imply inflammation of the intestines. If you experience gas or bloating regularly, that may indicate malabsorption. Do you have swollen ankles? This could imply water retention. Then take steps to heal each of these conditions, and your tongue swelling may diminish.
In Ayurveda, a swollen tongue would be referred to as sira granthi in anna vaha srotas. Sira granthi means a dilation, growth or swelling. Anna vaha srotas simply means the entire GI tract (food carrying channel). The cause of sira granthi in anna vaha srotas is low agni (poor digestion or low metabolism) and the treatment approach would be to build your digestive capacity through herbs like chitrak and practices such as making sure you are well hydrated when you sit down to eat.
Examine Your Tongue
Looking at your tongue in the mirror every day is an important way to self-examine your body. The tongue is a window into your digestive tract. Keeping tabs on it can give you vital clues as to how to balance your digestion and maintain optimal health.
Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Teeth marks on tongue edges'.
Individual results vary depending the cause of your imbalance and by constitution.
Please research the ingredients below to find which are most helpful for you, and check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care.
Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'TEETH MARKS ON TONGUE EDGES'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS
According to Ayurveda, one or more of the following
and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Teeth marks on tongue edges'.
If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them.
Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and
lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A Story
The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms.
Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances.
Symptoms show you where your body is weakened.
Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself.
Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics.
If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms,
it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTS
Everything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas).
Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body.
Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism.
Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism.
For 'Teeth marks on tongue edges', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics.
Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
FOODS TO FAVOR
CONDITION IN YOUR BODY
ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
TEETH MARKS ON TONGUE EDGES IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 2 - AFFECTING BLOOD & EMOTIONS
Affecting Blood: Initially, imbalances are localized, often in the digestive tract.
As an imbalance grows, it starts to affect your body systemically, via the blood.
If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are starting to spread,
have entered the bloodstream, and are now systemic.
Pay particular attention to the biocharacteristics, tastes, and doshas out of balance systemically,
so you know how to strengthen your body as a whole, and reduce physical stress on your organs.
At this stage of imbalance you will begin to experience generalized discomfort, imbalanced emotions,
and may develop sensitivities to temperature.
It may take several weeks of strict adherence to a specific remedial diet to clear blood level imbalances.
Blood cleansing herbs may reduce symptoms.
A several day cleanse may shorten the recovery time.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS
The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Teeth marks on tongue edges'.
See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type.
Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Biocharacteristics of the 9,831 People Reporting Teeth marks on tongue edges
On average the biocharacteristics
of people reporting Teeth marks on tongue edges were less aggravated than 68% of other symptoms.
From the 9,831 people who reported Teeth marks on tongue edges in this research study of 74,671 individuals,
average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:
Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic,
systemic approach, instead of focusing only on the disorder in question. Ayurveda
shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't
take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you.
Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an
exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?
Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type,
which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths).
It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders.
Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder.
It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas).
For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc.
This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics.
By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened
and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease
are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies -
such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance
To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body
type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so
by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.