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Why would a person's tongue be yellow? Could it be leukoplakia?

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In brief: Probably not

If it scrapes off it is probably plaque.
.. If not see a dentist for a evaluation..

In brief: Probably not

If it scrapes off it is probably plaque.
.. If not see a dentist for a evaluation..
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
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In brief: No.

Leukoplakia literally translates as "white plaque", so yellow tongue does not fit the definition.
More commonly, yellowing of the tongue is due to either staining from food dyes or other colorants, or accumulation of debris from elongation of the many tiny bumps on the dorsum of the tongue (the filiform papillae). Management involves avoidance of food dyes and brushing or scraping of the tongue.

In brief: No.

Leukoplakia literally translates as "white plaque", so yellow tongue does not fit the definition.
More commonly, yellowing of the tongue is due to either staining from food dyes or other colorants, or accumulation of debris from elongation of the many tiny bumps on the dorsum of the tongue (the filiform papillae). Management involves avoidance of food dyes and brushing or scraping of the tongue.
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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In brief: Reference Site

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.

In brief: Reference Site

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Plaque

Try using a tongue scraper if it scrapes off its just plaque.

In brief: Plaque

Try using a tongue scraper if it scrapes off its just plaque.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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