Shape, color of tongue are good indicators of overall health. Besides known tongue diseases, roles of denture, tobacco use, illicit drug and opioid abuse will be studied. Functions of resident tongue bacteria in periodontal diseases should be studied. Studies of resident bacteria, other tongue abnormalities are needed relating overall health. Roles of tongue cancer in head and neck cancer also needs to be studied. Besides western treatments, traditional medicines, practices need to be tried.
Idea No. 228