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Will hairy tongue be forever gone?

Will hairy tongue be forever gone?

Most of the time: With good oral hygiene it clears up most of the time. Scraping the tongue regularly. ...Read more

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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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What can be done for a hairy tongue?

What can be done for a hairy tongue?

Brush: Hairy tongue is typically treated with debridement or simple brushing. Try brushing the tongue two to three times a day with a soft bristle toothbrush. ...Read more

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What is hairy tongue, and how can I eliminate it?

What is hairy tongue, and how can I eliminate it?

Papillae overgrowth: Hairy tongue is a benign condition of the tongue marked by elongation and often staining of the filiform papillae on the top surface of the tongue. Good oral hygiene including daily brushing of your tongue with a tongue brush or tongue scraper which can be purchased at local pharmacies and supermarkets will help prevent or control this. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hairy tongue?

What is the definition or description of: hairy tongue?

Hairy tongue: 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 common for this affliction. ...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

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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

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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?

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