What Your Tongue Indicates About Your Dental Health

During a regular appointment, a dentist will check your tongue for signs of oral health problems. A sore or discoloured tongue may indicate an issue which could affect your dental health.

Key takeaways:

  • A red or shiny-looking tongue may indicate a deficiency in nutrients like iron which are key for healthy teeth.
  • Patches on the tongue or a white, creamy appearance could be a sign of an oral thrush infection.
  • A bacteria build up can be indicated by a yellow tongue or a tongue which feels fuzzy.

“If your tongue is sore or any color other than pink, including white, red, or yellow—or even has a darker appearance—it might be time to follow up with your dentist to see what could be causing the unusual color.”

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