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A 25-year-old male asked:

I am careless in cleaning tongue. now few days before i noticed white coating with red small taste buds like bumps back of tongue. is it normal?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Santiago Roldan
Dentistry 20 years experience
Care...: Tongue must be brushed and or "scraped" . The back of the tongue accumulates tons of bacteria that cause bad breath and or irritations due to the high amount of toxins. If someone has a low immune system situation, it can cause more damage. Start by having a thorough cleaning or your whole mouth including gums and cavities, using a tongue scraper sold at any pharmacy over the counter. See a dentis.
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
Papilla: Your tongue has both filaform and fungiform papilla present which are your taste buds and they are red in color. It is normal.
Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Normal...: Normal tongue anatomy... In regards to the whitish areas... Your tongue can trap plaque on the surface in the hairlike projections of the papilla... Especially during colds... Advise the use of a tongue scraper to remove plaque and the associated excess bacteria...

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Last updated Oct 7, 2018

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