A Clinical Study on Tongue Lesions among Iraqi Dental Outpatients.
The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of different tongue conditions and relate them to data obtained about symptoms, gender habits in Iraqi dental outpatients. A total of 130 subjects were included in this study, most of the diagnosis done on clinical bases unless conformation with other investigations is needed. Information about the age, gender, site of the lesion, associated symptoms and habits were obtained. Tongue lesions were found predominantly in subjects with age range from 20-59 years. Ulcers were the most common lesion found in 25% of subjects, the dorsal surface of the tongue was the common site. Tongue lesions had slightly higher female predilection mostly on the dorsal surface of the tongue. 39 subjects were smokers with age range form 20-59 years. Tongue lesions may affect both genders, in middle age, dorsal surface of the tongue is the commonest site, an efficient oral health program such as attention to cultural practices and the elimination of risk habits and may improve tongue hygiene.
Sura Ali Fuoad