Black hairy tongue can look rather alarming, but is typically not a cause for great concern. However, it can result in aesthetic and hygienic issues including chronic bad breath, and is a problem that should be addressed as soon as it is noticed.
Black hairy tongue may be caused by:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Antibiotic use
- Chronic dry mouth
- Tobacco use
- Coffee and tea
- A poor diet
Black hairy tongue may also be caused by mouthwashes containing peroxide, astringents, witch hazel, and menthol.
Black hairy tongue can often be treated by improving your oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth after every meal and using a tongue scraper morning and night are great places to start. Don’t forget to floss twice daily and to visit our Houston area office every six months to help ensure teeth, gums, and surrounding oral tissue remain healthy and strong year-round.
If you are suffering from black hairy tongue, please contact Scott Young, DDS today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Young. We welcome patients from Houston and all surrounding areas of Texas.