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What is a black hairy tongue and gingivitis?
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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: Seek treatment
Gingivitis is inflammation and infection of your gums black hairy tongue can be a result of bacterial imbalance, lack of brushing your tongue or a side effect of medications.

In brief: Seek treatment
Gingivitis is inflammation and infection of your gums black hairy tongue can be a result of bacterial imbalance, lack of brushing your tongue or a side effect of medications.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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