Prevalence of tongue lesions among Turkish schoolchildren

Ugar-Cankal D., Denizci S., Hocaoglu T.

SAUDI MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.26, no.12, pp.1962-1967, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Title of Journal : SAUDI MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.1962-1967


Objectives: To collect data on the prevalence of tongue lesions of Turkish schoolchildren in 3 different population samples in Ankara, and to analyze the relationship between tongue lesions and gender, oral hygiene, and income levels. Methods: Nine hundred and six schoolchildren aged 612 participated in this study between March 2004 and July 2004 in Ankara, Turkey. Of the 906 schoolchildren, 442 were girls and 464 were boys from 3 primary schools. We examined all the children for the presence of the following tongue lesions: 1) ankyloglossia, 2) bifid tongue, 3) fissured tongue, 4) geographic tongue, 5) median rhomboid glossitis, 6) lingual thyroid nodule, 7) atrophic tongue, 8) hairy tongue, 9) crenation tongue, 10) furred tongue, 11) macroglossia, 12) microglossia, and 13) lingual or sublingual varicosities.