Your Health and Your Tongue

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Has your tongue ever been the wrong color? In reality, it probably has been. But, what was the reason? Usually, people’s tongues are discolored because of some type of food such as candy. But, what does it mean if your tongue is the wrong color—namely red, white, or black—and food isn’t the reason why.

For instance, if your tongue is white you could have a condition known as leukoplakia. While this condition is not dangerous, it can be a sign of cancer. Oral thrush, which is a yeast infection, can be the result of thrush. Luckily, this problem can be treated by just eating plain yogurt.

A bright red tongue can often mean you have a vitamin deficiency. At other times, especially if you have a fever, it could be an indicator of Scarlet Fever. If a child under five has a fever and red tongue, they could have Kawasaki syndrome. Fortunately, both Kawasaki syndrome and Scarlet Fever can be treated.

Finally, what does a black tongue mean? This condition—often known as black hairy tongue—happens when too much bacteria builds up on the tongue. This can be caused by several factors, such as smoking, practicing poor oral hygiene, being dehydrated, and taking certain medications. Fortunately, this problem can be remedied by practicing good oral hygiene.

Do you have more questions about what your tongue says about your health? If so, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you.