Do you have a scalloped tongue? Do you also have hypothyroidism? If you’ve answered yes to both, then you may not be aware of the connection between them.
It is actually very common to have a scalloped tongue with hypothyroidism, and having had it years before being diagnosed, too.
I myself have one, and have always thought it was a bit odd, as I didn’t notice anyone else with one, but my dentist told me that my tongue was scalloped due to grinding and clenching my teeth at night. Being a natural worrier, I put it down to that, too, until I came across an article about it.
I’m going to cover some things we know about it, below.
Dr. Wiggy has said: “Sometimes the tongue gets too big for the mouth and actually pushes up against the sides of the teeth and that can suggest the tongue is too large because there are too many toxins. A lot of times that is from having low thyroid.”
This push up against the teeth over a long time causes it to become scalloped.
Toxins can affect thyroid function by a) blocking cell receptors so thyroid hormones can’t do their job probably, and b) there’s evidence that toxins can damage the thyroid gland directly. This damage makes the thyroid less effective and more prone to disease and underactivity. I’ve covered this in more detail here.
So, we need to look at detoxifying. As mentioned here, you can help to detoxify your body by drinking at least two litres of water a day, avoiding things that cause inflammation or are sensitivities e.g. gluten and food sensitivities, removing caffeine from your lifestyle, avoiding goitrogens and try to sweat toxins out on a daily basis. If you don’t do this a lot normally, try physical exercise, hot baths (detox baths with a cup of Epson Salts to draw out toxins) and saunas. If we don’t sweat enough, we don’t get rid of enough toxins.
You should address any constipation or diarrhoea, and be sure to be going to the loo regularly to be flushing toxins out your body that way, too. Many sources also say to avoid fluoride, so drink water not containing this, where possible. Fluoride is also seen as a toxin.
Dr. Skinner mentioned in his book Diagnosis and Management of Hypothyroidism that an enlarged tongue can even be uncomfortable, cause slurring of the speech and even voice change. He attributed it to the chronicity of the hypothyroidism in that patient.
By following as much of the above advice as possible, my scalloped/enlarged tongue has gotten better. It’s not as enlarged and scalloped anymore. Either way, a scalloped tongue signals that something isn’t quite right with our health.
I feel so stupid for missing it all these years when I knew it didn’t look right!
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