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Dimpled Tongue Causes, in Babies, Treatments & Remedies

What is a tongue dimple, pit or depressions? What exactly can cause them? Are they cutest thing like it is on the cheeks? Do I need to treat it or how can I treat the resultant symptoms or complications? Go through this review to explore more on causes, symptoms and more.


Tongue dimple picture

Generally, a dimple is a small indentation in the fleshy part of human body. It is mostly seen on cheeks or chin as well as just above the bottom (sacral dimple) but, can also be seen on the tongue. Many people say it occurs naturally on the cheek or chin but this may not be the case when it occurs on the tongue; there may be virtual causes.

They can be due to a disorder and it disappears when the disorder is resolved. To dig deeper into dimples, if they occur on cheeks, they appear cute and desirable to an extent that many people have gone mad about them! Nowadays, techniques have been invented to artificially create some dimples on cheeks.

Now, can dimples occurring on tongues be cute and have any benefit? Can we proceed to make artificial dimples on the tongue? Read on to explore more about the tongue depressions, whether they are friendly and how to go about them.


As much as tongue hollows may sound strange, you still have to acknowledge that as we had defined it, these are just small indentations that can occur in any fleshy part of the body. So they can occur on the side (also called scalloped) or any other part depending on the underlying causes.

Now to add more literature about the dimpled tongue, we have focused our efforts to unmask some of the possible causes. We’ll also discuss their symptoms and remedies. Now, below are the most likely cause them:

Increased sized or swollen tongue

In certain circumstances, your tongue may grow in size. This will then make it press against the dental arches. Resultant symptoms will be a depression on the sides.  Again when it is swollen may be due to infections or traumatic injury, it will also increase in size and press against the teeth. You will discover teeth marks around the edge of the tongue or you will have a scalloped one.

Thyroid disorders

When you lack sufficient amount of thyroid hormone on your body (hypothyroidism), the normal functioning of your body will be interfered with. Remember this hormone has a hand on the body metabolism and any interference will make the body function to slow down. Hypothyroidism will also lead to the swollen tongue, and as we have seen,  and this can, in turn, lead to the formation of tongue indentations.

Usually, thyroid problems may result from Hashimoto’s disease, Thyroiditis or Congenital hypothyroidism. Again, besides swollen or scalloped, other severe symptoms may also arise.

Temporomandibular joint syndrome

This syndrome includes the nerve and the jaws connecting the skull and the jaws. Actually, it will result when the temporomandibular joint is injured. Linked symptoms include bruxism, headaches, face swelling, chewing pain and more.

This may cause misaligned teeth and thus jaw instability. So in many occurrences, you`ll see many people try to realign their teeth in the jaw using their tongue. “Bite isn’t coming together properly to stabilize your jaw for swallowing… your tongue pushes up against your teeth to help stabilize them” highlights mjtreatmentsc.com.

This will result in depressions or dimples. There are remedies that can be employed to correct this syndrome.

Nutritional deficiency

Nutritional deficiencies especially deficiencies of certain essential minerals and vitamins can also lead to these dimples or crenated tongue  This will result in a condition called megaloblastic anemia: unusual production of excess blood cells.

Another blame may go to iron deficiency, this can also potentially lead to scalloped or swollen that may develop depressions. See you nutritionist to seek better advice on good diet for better health.

Unhealthy habits and anxiety

Bad habits such as grinding, pressing or clenching your tongue against the teeth can result in them if done over a long period. These cruel habits can also due to stress or anxiety and they can lead to muscle tensions leading to indentations.

Tongue rolling

Rolling or curling your tongue can also contribute to the occurrence of the said dimples. When you are used to this habit,  then over a period of time, you can develop some depressions. Such dimples will usually develop along the center of the tongue. Tongue rolling is an inherited condition the can run in families.

Other causes

Apart from the above of these dents, other defects such as sleep apnea, digestive problems, arthritis, sinus problem and spleen QI deficiency can also lead to this problem. There may also be more unidentified causes that we may not have covered in this review.


Some of the signs and symptoms are highlighted below:

Before we dig deeper into these symptoms, we want to make it clear that the symptoms can occur majorly before or during the formation thereafter, we may just talk about the complication and not really symptoms. So here are the symptoms:

  • Swollen, inflamed or enlarged tongue
  • Infections may indicate pending risk of it swelling.
  • Though the change in the color is not usually the case, sometimes the friction between the tongue and the teeth can trigger discoloration (reddening).
  • Bit tongue can sometimes bleed and become sore
  • Sometimes it can due to underlying ailments that may have other symptoms such high fever, swollen tongue, sore throat, painful one, etc.

The underlying diseases can result in more adverse symptoms the can be very extreme and thus treatment may be difficult. Therefore proper treatment or the first line to prevent the occurrence of tongue dimples is to attend to the specific causes.

In babies

Tongue dimples in babies
In babies

In many cases, dimples on in babies or newborns may be due to breastfeeding or suck problems. When the baby sucks the nipples, his/her tongue may take the shape of the nipple. This is another factor that will result to dimpled tongue in babies. Believe me, over a long period of sucking, the baby may have depressed tongue following the shape of the nipple.

Again, in babies may be a kind of misfortune that develop in the womb or we can call it a birth defect. This may be due to certain complicated medical conditions.

Treatment and remedies

Before you could focus on treatment, you must make sure that proper diagnosis is done to be sure about the primary cause. Right diagnosis is essential. You should also evaluate the resulting symptoms.

For the right diagnosis to be made possible, various differential tests may be performed by an expert to give definitive information.

Now, get this together. This issue alone should not be considered as a disease. To manage this condition, you should be treating the underlying causes or the resultant symptoms. But generally, these are the tips to help you prevent and treat them:

  • The resultant symptoms should be treated with time i.e. sores, itching or symptoms of tongue infections should be treated at early stages. You can apply home remedies but for severe symptoms, you seek medical attention.
  • To avoid it, you should treat the underlying health conditions or diseases
  • Maintain good oral hygiene especially to avoid infections
  • All diagnosis should be done by medical experts so that effective treatment for underlying disorder should be made in times.

Mild cases especially those that are due to humble causes can be just left alone. But even if they are mild and are a source of concern please see your doctor. The dimpled tongue may not be friendly as those in cheeks and chins do.

Reference List
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