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A 39-year-old male asked:

why do some people have nice pink tongues and the tops of other people have a film of gunk on it? i brush my gunk off but it always comes back.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Tongue surface: Smoking, heavy coffee drinking, poor oral hygiene, and a host of medical conditions may be at play in your case. Start by consulting with a general dentist or an oral surgeon for a personal medical and dental history as well as a one on one clinical examination for some answers and advice.
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Health issue perhaps: The tongue can show systemic imbalances if a trained doctor examines carefully to find subtle signs. While a dentist can suggest a certain type of tongue brush or blade to effectively remove the plaque, a doctor who is trained in eastern medicine may be able to tell you more about your systemic health issue. When this (your systemic health) is treated, you may see your tongue appearance improves.

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A 68-year-old female asked:

Why do I have light pink bumps on the back of my tounge?

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Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry 45 years experience
Probable taste buds: These are probably taste buds and should be there. It is always good to check with your dentist to be sure they are normal. They should appear the same on both sides of your tongue.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

I have two round soft bumps on the very back left side of my tounge. One is white in color and other in normal pink color. ?

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
More info?: Hi, is the bump painful or painless? Is it recurrent or not? The best way to diagnose a lesion is looking at it up close, see your MD for evaluation. Be safe.

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Last updated Nov 5, 2016

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