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What does it mean if you have a black tongue

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Black under tongue: You may be seeing the veins under your tongue. But, this is also an area for the formation of oral cancer. See you dentist for an examination.
Dr. Jaime Quejada
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Amalgam: Tatoo if you've had an old silver filling in the area. Could also be sublingual blood vessels or may be a nevus.

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
Black hairy tongue: Black hairy tongue sounds and looks scary, but it is nothing to worry about. It is caused by too much bacteria or yeast growth in the mouth. It usual... Read More
Dr. Elton Behner
Dentistry 37 years experience
Most likely to be: black hairy tongue. Consult with your dentist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Black dots: may be Black Hairy Tongue or Hyperpigmentosis. see your Dentist.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
Black hairy tongue: Sounds like black hairy tongue. See a dental specialist for proper diagnosis and possible treatment.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
Does it wipe away?: To be sure that it isn't thrush (fungus Candida Albicans accumulates on the lining of the mouth). Take a clean wet cloth and clean this area. You migh... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne Finerman
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Black Tongue: Black tongue can be an overgrowth of the little hairy papillae on the tongue and isn't harmful. You can scrub the spot with a soft baby toothbrush twi... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
See your dentist: It is possible that you have what is called hairy tongue syndrome (which is benign) but only your dentist can tell you for sure.
A female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Thrush: This may be thrush which is a fungus. This is something you can discuss with your pediatrician.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
Heredity: Many population groups have black spots on the tongue. It has been said to be more common in those of mediterranean descent. Usually no problem. Ask o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Wineman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Black tongue: After vomiting, the normal bacteria in our mouth can be altered. Suggest you rinse after throwing up as soon as possible to eliminate the highly acidi... Read More

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