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When you think of COVID-19 symptoms, what comes to mind? Probably a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath — perhaps loss of taste and smell. Yet an inability to enjoy the flavors of a savory bowl of pasta or your favorite dessert is not the only oral health problem people can experience with this virus. Below are other conditions that doctors and researchers have noticed are appearing with COVID-19.

Geographic tongue occurs when there’s a loss of papillae — tiny projections that are shaped like hairs — from the tongue’s surface. Those experiencing it develop red, smooth patches, as though a map has been spread out on their tongues. Some patients develop pain or burning, as well as sensitivity to certain foods.

Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is caused by insufficient production of saliva. Dry mouth can create a cascade of problems, from difficulty chewing and swallowing to hoarseness, sore throat, gum problems and more.

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