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Tongue Tales

Woman Sticking Her Tongue OutTraditionally, doctors and dentists have depended on the tongue to help them diagnose various diseases. And tongues do have a lot to say. For example, scarlet fever is accompanied by a spotted “strawberry” tongue.

Burning tongue, a very painful condition, affects primarily post-menopausal women and can reflect systemic problems.

Hairy leukoplakia is a common AIDS-related oral lesion. And candidiasis, a fungus infection which coats the tongue white, also says something is wrong.

Now you know why, when you’re asked to stick out your tongue and say…Ahhhhh…

About R. Shawn Kelly, DDS

Dr. Kelly has been in private practice in the Sacramento area since 1981. Dr. Kelly received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The University of Arizona and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Kelly is competent in all aspects of general dentistry including sedation for fearful patients and reconstructive dentistry. By drawing upon his many years of experience in the profession, Dr. Kelly is able to give his patients a thorough assessment of their needs and thoughtful explanation of his findings. He and his staff strive to communicate in easily understandable terms all the while trying to help every patient feel comfortable with their treatment decisions.

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