Your tongue can be an indicator of a dental problem. Your dentist will assess the health of your tongue during a routine appointment for signs of oral health problems and infections.
- A red or shiny tongue can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency, such as iron which helps keep teeth strong and healthy.
- Oral thrush can be indicated by a tongue which has patches or is creamy in appearance, and the infection can affect other soft tissues in the mouth without treatment.
- A yellow or fuzzy tongue can be a sign of a build-up of bacteria, which could lead to plaque and bad breath.
“Although not generally bad for your oral health, a tongue that appears yellow or feels fuzzy may mean a buildup of bacteria. You should be cleaning your tongue just like you clean your teeth by gently brushing it.”
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