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You may know that there are many different signs you can look for to get an idea of how healthy or unhealthy your body is. For instance, you probably know that a runny nose, a cough, or even a fever could be signs that your body is suffering. Still, did you know that the color of your tongue can also give you an indication of how healthy your body is?

For instance, did you know that your tongue can turn white? A white tongue could be an indication of a few problems. First, a white tongue could indicate a condition known as leukoplakia. While this is not immediately harmful, it can indicate that cancer is starting to form. A white tongue could also be an indicator of oral thrush. This is a yeast infection in your mouth and can be dealt with simply by eating yogurt or taking oral medications.

Your tongue can also turn bright red or pink. This could be a sign that you have a vitamin B-12 deficiency. However, if you are suffering from a high fever and a bright red tongue, it may be time to seek professional help. In fact, these are symptoms of scarlet fever. If a child under the age of five has these symptoms, they could be suffering from Kawasaki syndrome.

Your tongue could also turn a black fuzzy color and could even look like it could have hair on it. While this sounds uncomfortable and unappealing, it is not dangerous and you may be able to reverse the issue with good dental care. It may look like your tongue has something growing on it, but the black hairy tongue is actually caused by bacteria attaching to the bumps on the top of your tongue.

If you’d like to know more about dealing with a discolored tongue in University Place, Washington, we invite you to give Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC a call at 253-564-7645. Our dentist, Dr. Dennis Burrell, and the rest of our team will happily address any of your concerns, answer your questions, and give you personalized advice. We’re excited to meet with you soon.