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What Does Your Tongue Tell About Your Health

Your tongue has got something to tell. But this time you need to look at it, rather than listen. Your tongue can tell a lot of things about your health.

Oral Health Conditions By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Feb 17, 2015

Your tongue speaks

You may have never given much thought to the appearance of your tongue but it can have a lot to tell about your health. Every change in the surface or the colour of your tongue could be a symptom of some medical condition, minor or severe. Here are few things that your tongue can tell you about your health. Image Courtesy: Getty

Smooth tongue

Normally your tongue doesn’t feel smooth. It feels fuzzy and rough. If your tongue feels smooth, it could be a sign of nutritional deficiency. It could be sign of iron-deficiency or  deficiency in B vitamins, which are crucial for your body for generating energy from the food. Image Courtesy: Getty


If you notice some patches on the tongue that may be changing their location every day, it could be because of geographic tongue, a harmless but discomforting condition. Possible causes may include, vitamin B deficiency and irritation by alcohol or certain foods. Image Courtesy: Getty



Wrinkles on the tongue are a rare sight but if you see them it could be a symptom of scrotal tongue. Scrotal tongue is an inborn condition that can cause wrinkles on the tongue along with burning sensations while eating spicy foods. Image Courtesy: Getty

Black Tongue

Black tongue caused by overgrowth of tongue papillae that can trap bacteria and other mouth debris posing risk of oral problems. Black tongue is usually a sign of poor oral hygiene or excessive use of tobacco or even mouthwashes. You may also get a metallic taste from the black tongue.Image Courtesy: Getty


The overgrowth of papillae on the tongue can trap bacteria, making your tongue appear yellow. Yellow tongue is a sign of excessive smoking, fever, mouth-breathing, dehydration and poor oral hygiene. Improving oral hygiene can soon resolve the colouring. Image Courtesy: Getty


White tongue is also a sign of bacteria stuck in dense tongue hair as the bacteria, dead cells, and debris wedged in the papillae makes the tongue appear white. Improve your brushing and flossing habits, but most important thing here is to add a tongue scraper to your oral hygiene routine. Image Courtesy: Getty



A red tongue can be one of the first symptoms of scarlet fever or Kawasaki disease. Adults less often manifest these signs. But if your mouth hurts and your tongue looks smooth and red, your diet may be deficient in niacin, an important B vitamin. Image Courtesy: Getty



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