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How do you get black hairy tongue?

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Certain lifestyle habits and conditions can make people more likely to develop black hairy tongue. They include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Drinking a lot of coffee or tea
  • Using antibiotics (which may disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in the mouth)
  • Being dehydrated
  • Taking medications that contain the chemical bismuth (such as Pepto-Bismol for upset stomach)
  • Not producing enough saliva
  • Regularly using mouthwash that contains peroxide, witch hazel, or menthol
  • Getting radiation therapy to the head and neck

From: Black Hairy Tongue WebMD Medical Reference

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eMedicine.com: "Hairy Tongue."

Korber, A, Dissemond, J. , 2006; vol. 354: p. 67. The New England Journal of Medicine

McGrath. E, Bardsley, P, Basran, G. , 2008; vol. 178: pp. 1137-1138. CMAJ

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

eMedicine.com: "Hairy Tongue."

Korber, A, Dissemond, J. , 2006; vol. 354: p. 67. The New England Journal of Medicine

McGrath. E, Bardsley, P, Basran, G. , 2008; vol. 178: pp. 1137-1138. CMAJ

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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