CSN Login
Members Online: 6

Hairy Tongue, got any cures?

dales2loud's picture
dales2loud
Posts: 45
Joined: Sep 2011

Help I've got a bad case of; Hairy Tongue. My Doc's last advice was for me to ask my dentist. Does anyone have any advice for me or better yet how to get rid of it? I'm scraping and brushing it but it does not seem to be doing any good.

kelin
Posts: 1
Joined: Nov 2011

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to treat black hairy tongue. Gently brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Also, brush your tongue. You can use a tongue scraper to make sure you're thoroughly cleaning the area. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep your mouth clean.

Other tips include:

If you smoke, quit.
Add more roughage to your diet. Soft foods won't clean off the tongue effectively.

Call your doctor or dentist if the problem doesn't get better on its own. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or an antifungal drug to get rid of the bacteria or yeast. Topical medications, such as tretinoin (Retin-A) are also sometimes prescribed. As a last resort, if the problem doesn't improve, the papillae can be surgically clipped off with a laser or electrosurgery.

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network