Top
20
Doctor insights on: Black Hairy Tongue

Share
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 doctors shared insights

Black Hairy Tongue (Overview)

A temporary, harmless oral condition that gives your tongue a dark, furry appearance.


1

1
Does black hairy tongue cause bad breath? I have developed black hairy tongue and am very worried about my breath. Is bad breath a common symptom?

Does black hairy tongue cause bad breath? I have developed black hairy tongue and am very worried about my breath. Is bad breath a common symptom?

Yes: Black hairy tongue is caused by the elongation of the papillas of the tounge, caused by an overgrowth of fungi. Most likely brought on by taking antibiotics or certain mouthwashes. Bad breath can occur when sulpher compounds collect in the elongated papilla. Tongue scraping can help. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 doctors shared insights

Black Hairy Tongue (Overview)

A temporary, harmless oral condition that gives your tongue a dark, furry appearance.


2

2
What will cause a higher body temp and a really itchy vagina? I did have black hairy tongue, could that cause an infection in my vagina?

What will cause a higher body temp and a really itchy vagina? I did have black hairy tongue, could that cause an infection in my vagina?

Black hairy tongue: A black hairy tongue is a harmless condition thought to be caused by a buildup of bacteria. The discoloration can be caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, coffee and tea, dry mouth, and diseases that disrupt the normal bacteria in the mouth.
It has no relation to vaginal infections. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Is it common for antibiotics to cause black hairy tongue?

Is it common for antibiotics to cause black hairy tongue?

Black Hairy Tongue: There are many causes of black hairy tongue. As a general rule I have not seen many cases of black hairy tongue in my practice and have prescribed antibiotics for thousands of patients. Heavy tobacco and coffee drinkers are more likely to develop black hairy tongue, especially if they do not use a tongue scraper on a daily basis. See: http://www.Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/black-hairy-tongue/basics/causes/con-20034518. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Can a tongue scraper get rid of black hairy tongue?

Can a tongue scraper get rid of black hairy tongue?

Yes: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by scraping the tongue with a scraper if you are diligent. ...Read more

5

5
What is a black hairy tongue?

What is a black hairy tongue?

Papillae overgrowth: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by brushing the tongue as well as your teeth with your toothbrush. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
How common black hairy tongue?

How common black hairy tongue?

Unknown: I don't think there have been any studies on this subject. It can range from mild to severe. I see mild cases often but only occasionally a severe case. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Is black hairy tongue dangerous?

Is black hairy tongue dangerous?

Usually not: Usually it is self limiting and doesn't cause any complications.
http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/hairy-tongue/ ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What causes a black hairy tongue?

Overgrown papillae: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by brushing the tongue as well as your teeth with your toothbrush. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What causes a black hairy tongue?

What causes a black hairy tongue?

Papillae overgrowth: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by brushing the tongue as well as your teeth with your toothbrush. ...Read more

10

10
Can black hairy tongue be dangerous?

Can black hairy tongue be dangerous?

No: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by brushing the tongue as well as your teeth with your toothbrush. ...Read more

11

11
Black hairy tongue is caused by what problems?

Black hairy tongue is caused by what problems?

Change in oral flora: Hairy tongue does not result only from poor oral hygiene. Dental offices are full of people with poor oral hygiene — they don't have hairy tongue. Poor hygiene is a big factor, but hairy tongue is caused by a change in the natural bacteria in your mouth. This change is caused by long-term antibiotics, steroids, immune suppression, or a systemic problem. It's not as simple as not brushing 2x daily. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
What is the definition or description of: black hairy tongue?

What is the definition or description of: black hairy tongue?

Thrush: This is called monaliasis medically.
It is causes by a fungus and often occurs in immune compromised people. ...Read more

See 5 more doctor answers
15

15
Can black hairy tongue make you ill? I take a lot of pepto.

Can black hairy tongue make you ill? I take a lot of pepto.

no: It is usually not related to any disease... But more related to what you put in your mouth. ...Read more

17

17
Can scraper get rid of black hairy tongue?

It may: Scraping or brushing with a toothbrush may help. Heavy smoking and bad oral hygiene make it worse. ...Read more

18

18
Can a tongue scraper get rid of black hairy tongue?

Yes: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by scraping the tongue with a scraper if you are diligent. ...Read more

19

19
Does black hairy tongue cause bad breath? I have developed black hairy tongue and am very worried about my breath. Is bad breath a common symptom?

Yes: Black hairy tongue is caused by the elongation of the papillas of the tounge, caused by an overgrowth of fungi. Most likely brought on by taking antibiotics or certain mouthwashes. Bad breath can occur when sulpher compounds collect in the elongated papilla. Tongue scraping can help. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
What's black hairy tongue besides licorice?

What's black hairy tongue besides licorice?

Tobacco and: Smoking and poor oral hygiene and see this website for more information: http://www.Mayoclinic. Com/health/black-hairy-tongue/ds01134/dsection=causes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Hairy Tongue (Definition)

The term hairy tonque refers to the fuzzy growth on the top of the tongue. The tiny bumps that contain the taste buds sometimes overgrow appearing almost fiberous or hairlike. This can be caused by many factors, like diet, habits, medication, etc. Often the fuzzy texture will hold stain making it look like dark hair. Smoking is the most ...Read more