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What causes a yellow tongue?

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What causes a yellow tongue?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

Hi, so sorry to hear of the yellow problem...

Might you possibly be able to send a photo to view of your tongue?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sure - here you go
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
In the middle and very light. It has been there for about a week. Can't brush it off and doesn't it hurt
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Typically not there in the morning only notice at night
Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

Oh, your tongue looks actually quite Normal. I mean yes, there are yellow hints, but from what other Dentists and myself see day in day out - your tongue, I assure you, looks pretty darn good!

Aside from the obvious reasons of eating a recent amount of yellow colored candy, ice cream, etc., a yellow tongue is very often a color that is left over from too many bacteria forming on ones tongue, and they can exhume a yellow color to our eyes. Almost always these are harmless, fortunately. But they remain annoying to the person with the yellow tongue. If what you have is from bacteria that tend to show on the tongue's papillae (grooves and mounds), I would begin fairly vigorously brushing your tongue at night, at least once a day, in conjunction with your normal teeth being brushed. Generally, brushing the tongue will make the bacteria subside in a matter of a week or less!

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

I should tell you, also, that if you smoke by any chance, the smoke can be a cause of the yellow color as well.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. This is good news. Can eating too much sugar cause it?
Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

I am NOT aware of sugar per se being a problem. Might you be a smoker though?

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

Sorry, I've got something significant to take care of.

Your tongue, honestly, looks 'within normal limits'. I mean a touch of yellow, but I'd brush it well (every day, once or twice), don't smoke, and I'm betting money it goes away in a short time. I hope that makes sense...

I'll check back with you a bit later though - if you should have any additional concerns/questions - OK? All the best to you!

*PS: Don't worry much if any, your tongue should clear up LIKELY!!!

Dr. Rampton

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. This helps. I am not concerned anymore. I don't smoke either. I will take your advice
Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

OK.

I think you'll see much, perhaps all of the color gone in a matter of a week(ish), with good brushing of the tongue Sir!

All the best to you.

Please 'do' rate my question, if you would please. Thanks!

Dr. Rampton

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

How is your tongue doing?

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

Say, I'd sure appreciate it if you would be so kind as to "rate" my question. Thanks again!

I do hope your tongue's color is getting better, or at least slowly so...

Dr. Rampton

*PS: Don't hesitate to ask, if any further concerns - OK?

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 1 year ago.

How is the tongue doing?

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