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What can cause black hairy tongue?

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The name black hairy tongue may sound scary, but the condition is harmless. Black hairy tongue is caused by bacteria or fungi in the mouth, which make the tongue appear black and hairy. It's easily remedied by good old-fashioned oral hygiene.

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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