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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

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


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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

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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

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What causes a black hairy tongue?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What is a black hairy tongue and gingivitis?

What is a black hairy tongue and gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Black hairy tongue is a condition where the papillae on the top of the tongue turn dark brown or black from various causes such as certain medications, poor oral hygiene, heavy tobacco use and certain rinses. It is benign and can usually be treated by using a tongue scraper. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, characterized by redness & swelling and can lead to gum disease if untreated. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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Can a black hairy tongue and bypass surgery be related?

Maybe: It could be related to antibiotics, if used during the hospitalization. It could be a yeast or candida infection of the tongue, easily corrected with an oral yeast medication or lozenge. Check with your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Hi, my tongue is yellow and my papillae are enlarged. I am terrified of getting black hairy tongue. What should I do?

Hi, my tongue is yellow and my papillae are enlarged. I am terrified of getting black hairy tongue. What should I do?

See Dentist: You may have an oral fungal infection, especially if you have been taking an antibiotic. Please see your General Family Dentist for diagnosis and treatment. That's a much more efficient approach than asking us to diagnose your problem sight unseen. Don't try to diagnose and treat yourself. ...Read more

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Can I treat black hairy tongue using diode laser? If yes which wave length is better? And what is the treatment protocols? Thanks

Can I treat black hairy tongue using diode laser? If yes which wave length is better? And what is the treatment protocols? Thanks

No: Your tongue does not grow hair and thus laser Rx may actually damage your tongue. Have you talked to your dentist re. What may be causing your "black tongue"? ...Read more

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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

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Can antibiotics cause a black hairy tongue?

Can antibiotics cause a black hairy tongue?

Yes, it can: The antibiotics may disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in the mouth and cause hairy tongue. ...Read more

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Is black hairy tongue common with antibiotics?

Is black hairy tongue common with antibiotics?

Black hairy tongue: Black hairy tongue can occur when you take antibiotics because the normal bacteria in the mouth is killed off. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush. This should resolve once you finish the antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is a black hairy tongue common with antibiotics?

Is a black hairy tongue common with antibiotics?

Fungal superinfectio: Not very common but it does happen in some individuals. Antibiotics tend to suppress bacterias, & hence fungus tends to overgrow. Consult your physician who presribed the antibiotics & may be he can put you on additional antifungal medication or if you do not need antibiotics anymore, he may decide to stop antibiotics. Keeping immaculate oral hygiene would also help. ...Read more

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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

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What are some causes of light blue hairy tongue?

What are some causes of light blue hairy tongue?

Black Hairy Tongue: It is an actual condition called black hairy tongue. The papillae on the surface of the tongue become elongated and look like "hairy projections". It is caused by bacteria buildup, and things like smoking, poor oral hygiene and dry mouth can contribute. Brush your tongue and use a tongue scraper. ...Read more

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How to treat hairy tongue?

How to treat hairy tongue?

Tongue scraper: It may require nothing more than using a tongue scraper daily to remove the surface debris. If not, see your own dentist for further evaluation and possible treatment. More informatin at: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/black-hairy-tongue/ds01134/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...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


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Black Hairy Tongue (Definition)

A temporary, harmless oral condition that gives your tongue ...Read more