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Yellow colouring to the tongue

  • Posted By: johnbobman
  • March 11, 2011
  • 03:18 PM

About a month ago I was at the hospital where the doctor was checking my wisdom tooth out prior to removing it on a later date, where she stated I had a yellow tongue, which she questioned whether I smoke or brush my tongue everyday. After brushing it away it came off quite easily, but it would come back gradually throughout the day.
I haven't been told my breath smells or anything.

I went to the Doctors and he said it was a case of Brown Hairy tongue, which should go away on it's own. It's now been 3 weeks. The problem is that it looks nowhere near as bad as some images I've seen on the web, and doesn't seem to be hairy, just discoloured. The papillae at the rear seem longer than usual, but after several weeks of brushing it's starting to hurt my tongue.
I've tried brushing it with toothpaste, brushing it with bicarbonate of soda (also keeping it on for a minute or two), using a tongue scraper(causes my tongue to bleed), washing my mouth out with mouthwash and rinsing with salt water, nothing seems to stop it coming back.

A problem is that I breathe through my mouth, but I have done for 21 years and struggle to breathe through my nose, which is apparently helping it to come back. Also I don't smoke at all and only occasionally drink.

Is there anything I can do? I'm due to have my wisdom tooth out in a couple of weeks, and I'm scared it might lead to an infection there. :confused:

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