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What Causes Hairy Tongue Disease
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be caused: By a host of reasons - typically lack of proper hygiene - stimulation of the dorsal surface (top) of the tongue. Can also be due to medications, smoking, heavy coffee and tea consumption, etc. It is a benign, harmless, painless condition. It can take on different appearances (colors). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple causes: Nutritional deficiencies, reduced health status, immune compromise, overgrowth of candida albicans, exposure to wide spectrum antibiotics are potential causes. The red spots are probably taste buds, the white parts foliate papilla, parton the tongue that is normally pink. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I have hairy tongue? I always thought i took good care of my teeth, but now I have hairy tongue. Is there anything else i could be doing that might have caused this?
Black, : Black, hairy tongue is a temporary, harmless (benign), painless oral condition that gives your tongue a dark, furry appearance. The distinct look of black, hairy tongue usually results from an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. Although black, hairy tongue may look alarming, it doesn't cause any health problems. Black, hairy tongue usually resolves without medical treatment. Signs and symptoms of black, hairy tongue include: black, yellow or brown discoloration of the tongue a hairy or furry appearance of the tongue altered taste or metallic taste in mouth bad breath (halitosis) gagging sensation in some people black, hairy tongue typically results when projections on the tongue called papillae grow longer (elongate) and don't shed like normal. This makes the tongue look hairy. Debris, bacteria or other organisms can collect on the papillae and result in black, yellow or brown discoloration. The cause of black, hairy tongue can't always be determined. However, potential causes include: changes in the normal bacteria or yeast content of the mouth following antibiotic use poor oral hygiene breathing through your mouth medications containing bismuth, such as pepto-bismol regular use of mouthwashes containing oxidizing agents, such as peroxide, or astringent agents, such as witch hazel or menthol heavy tobacco use when to see a doctor though unattractive, black, hairy tongue is usually a temporary, harmless condition. See your doctor if: you're concerned about the appearance of your tongue your signs and symptoms persist for more than 10 days black, hairy tongue typically doesn't require medical treatment. Though unattractive, it's a temporary, harmless condition. Practicing good oral hygiene and eliminating factors that potentially contribute to the condition â€” such as tobacco use or medications that contain bismuth â€” help resolve black, hairy tongue. Talk to your doctor or dentist before discontinuing a prescribed medication. Source: mayo clinic web site. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can energy drinks cause hairy tongue? My boyfriend drinks 4-5 of these energy drinks a day, and he's now developed a yellowish hairy tongue. I know the condition is harmless, but could these drinks be the cause?
Possibly: I am in agreement with the other doctors. The yellowish coloration could also be indicative of energy weakness involving the liver and gallbladder. Your boyfriewnd need to take a look at his life and see why he needs to drink 4-5 of those things ( i mean things , they are not so good for you) every day... Would suggest better diet and suplements. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers