Yellow TongueA yellow tongue for a number of reasons, even though it may be unsettling and a bit scary, it is quite often a temporary, benign (harmless) condition. A yellow tongue may have 1 or more underlying conditions and generally, the best way to diagnose it is to see a dentist. It will be very difficult for a person without sufficient medical training to diagnose a yellow tongue.
Symptoms Of A Yellow Tongue
Since you can have different causes of a yellow tongue, it may appear with different symptoms:
- Yellow, brown, or black discoloration.
- Unexplained bad taste, or bad breath (halitosis).
- Burning sensation.
- Gagging sensation.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should take notice and if they don’t go away after 24-48 hours, a dentist appointment is advisable.
Why Is My Tongue Yellow?
Papillae appear as tiny bumps that cover your tongue, suboptimal oral hygiene can cause bacteria and dead cells to collect between these bumps. After enough time, this phenomenon can cause your tongue to appear yellow.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Saliva can be a cause of dry mouth due to the fact that saliva helps to regulate the bacteria in your mouth. If you lack a sufficient amount of saliva, an overgrowth of bacteria can happen.
Oral Thrush (Oral Candidiasis)
- Bile duct blockage
- Liver or pancreatic cancer
Some Foods And Medications
How Can I Prevent Yellow Tongue?
Having sufficient oral care is the most common way to prevent discoloration of the tongue. Many people often don’t understand the importance of brushing your gums and tongue, but they are just as important as your teeth. However, the treatment for your tongue might require certain medications, quitting tobacco, eating a more balanced diet, etc.
The best way to find out how to treat your yellow tongue is to go to a dentist or a doctor. If they confirm that it is a benign issue, you may be able to treat it with a better oral care routine. If the underlying cause is something more serious, they will give you the best options to go forward with.