There’s a reason your doctor looks at your tongue during checkups apart from checking if it’s swollen or not. As it turns out the color of your tongue can reveal a thing or two about the condition of your health and more.
Naturopath Laurence Kirk of The British College of Naturopath and Osteopathy said that there are a lot of things one can learn from simply checking their tongue. “Your tongue is richly supplied with blood vessels, and thanks to a constant flow of saliva, it is constantly being cleaned which discourages harmful bacteria forming in the mouth area. However, if one is unwell, a problem can frequently be detected simply by taking a look at the tongue,” he said.
A change to look at of your tongue can have different meanings, from vitamin insufficiency to dental cleanliness. But periodically that change can claim that you need to get serious medical assistance.
Check these colors and what could they mean:
1. Black Tongue
A tongue with dark patches especially along the guts surface could imply that they have trapped bacterias and fungus. Diet and behaviors like smoking can also blacken the top area.
Some medications, including antibiotics can also turn your tongue dark. Dehydration from too much coffee and smoking can also change your tongue into this color.
Important thing is black could often mean poor oral hygiene.
2. Yellow Tongue
Similar to dark tongue, yellowish tongue occurs whenever there are trapped bacteria in your tongue’s surface. The only difference is the kind of bacterias that gets stuck. Irritation through dehydration credited to smoking is also viewed as probable cause.
Just like the first case, a more meticulous dental hygiene is advised to solve the problem.
3. White Tongue
A white tongue can mean be due to a variety of reasons:
Dehydration – easily rectified by drinking more water
Oral thrush – a type yeast infection, or candida, can cause white sores to appear on your tongue as well as walls of your mouth. People with compromised immune system as well as infants and the elderly are susceptible to candida.
Leukoplakia – Leukoplakia is an excessive growth of cells in your mouth and tongue. It is a common negative reaction of the mouth area to irritants and it is often observed in smokers. Some primary researches have connected leukoplakia to dental cancer.
4. Red or Strawberry Tongue
Some people will dsicover a red tongue attractive but a shiny shade of it might mean a few medical problems. Your tongue can change scarlet or strawberry whenever your tastebuds become enlarged and that’s never a very important thing.
Vitamin and mineral deficiency – Insufficiency in folic acidity and vitamin B-12 can cause this change in color.
Scarlet fever – Infection such as streptococcal infection can provide your tongue strawberry color. This is often followed by high fever so better seek medical help ASAP.
Kawasaki disease – Kawasaki disease or simply KD is common in children aged 5 and below, although older children up to teenage can also affect it. It causes the victim’s blood vessels throughout the body to be inflamed – which explains why the tongue turns into bright red.
5. Brown Tongue
A brown tongue can suggest that you have an early stage of skin malignancy called melanoma. Consult your doctor immediately.
BONUS: How to take care of your tongue
1. Stop smoking and refrain from using any tobacco product
2. Reduce alcoholic beverages consumption
3. Regularly eat organically grown yoghurt or take beverages with natural probiotics
4. Brush your tooth at least double per day and floss regularly
5. Use organically grown mouthwash
6. If you fail to brush after food ensure that you gargle with thoroughly