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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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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 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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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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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? .

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?


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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 — such as tobacco use or medications that contain bismuth — help resolve black, hairy tongue. Talk to your doctor or dentist before discontinuing a prescribed medication. Source: mayo clinic web site. ...Read more

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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? .

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?


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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 more

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What can cause a white hairy tongue and red bumps?

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 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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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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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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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

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