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What does it mean if I have orange tongue?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not sure

Assuming you haven' t been eating lots of orange popsicles, it could be overgrowith of a yeast or bacteria, especially if associated with bad breath or burning sensation.
Try some live culture yogurt daily for a week or so. If it persists or if it is associated with severe symptoms, have it checked out.

In brief: Not sure

Assuming you haven' t been eating lots of orange popsicles, it could be overgrowith of a yeast or bacteria, especially if associated with bad breath or burning sensation.
Try some live culture yogurt daily for a week or so. If it persists or if it is associated with severe symptoms, have it checked out.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Joy Poskozim
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Are you on meds?

The orange color isn't caused by the ingestion of orange colored food/drink? You can tell the difference from food colorings by the lack of a thick coating on the tongue, brushing the tongue & rinsing with a mouthwash does not fully clear the color, & if it does, it returns within hours.
Meds like antibiotics can cause it. So can acid reflux. Take tums, (calcium carbonate) maalox to stop acid buildup.

In brief: Are you on meds?

The orange color isn't caused by the ingestion of orange colored food/drink? You can tell the difference from food colorings by the lack of a thick coating on the tongue, brushing the tongue & rinsing with a mouthwash does not fully clear the color, & if it does, it returns within hours.
Meds like antibiotics can cause it. So can acid reflux. Take tums, (calcium carbonate) maalox to stop acid buildup.
Dr. Joy Poskozim
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Something ingested

Certain foods, coffee, and smoking can cause orange tongue also.
Don't forget to brush your tongue.

In brief: Something ingested

Certain foods, coffee, and smoking can cause orange tongue also.
Don't forget to brush your tongue.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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