Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
You may reduce discomfort associated with geographic tongue by avoiding or limiting substances that commonly aggravate sensitive oral tissues, including:
- Hot, spicy, acidic or salty foods
- Tobacco products
- Toothpaste that contains tartar-control additives, heavy flavoring or whitening agents
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