Why Is My Tongue Yellow?
Seeing that your tongue is yellow may set off an alarm that something isn't quite right. In most cases, a yellow tongue is relatively harmless, but some cases could be a sign of an underlying disease.
A yellow tongue usually results from poor oral hygiene or having a dry mouth. Food and bacteria can collect on your tongue's papillae (small bumps that make up your tongue's surface). If your papillae become enlarged, bacteria in your mouth can cause your papillae to be discolored. You can remedy this by practicing good oral hygiene.
And while yellow tongue in itself is usually harmless, the poor oral hygiene that causes it could lead to more serious conditions like gum disease and tooth loss. So be sure to take care of your oral health. Brush at least twice a day, and don't forget to brush your tongue. Clean between your teeth with interdental brushes or water flossers at least once a day. Consider using other helpful products like an antimicrobial mouthrinse and a tongue scraper. And see your dental professional for regular checkups so they can catch any developing conditions early. Other steps you can take include:
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Eating a nutritious diet.
- And quitting smoking if you're a smoker.
If you practice good oral hygiene and your yellow tongue doesn't go away on its own within a week, or your condition concerns you, don't wait to make an appointment with your dental or health professional. You may have a more serious underlying condition.