The next time you brush your teeth, take a look at your tongue. If you find that usually bright pink muscle coated with white, yellow or orange coating; you could be suffering from oral thrush , vitamin deficiencies or acid reflux. White – A tongue coated with white patches and little bumps could have developed a case of oral thrush, which is a yeast infection inside the mouth. It will, in most cases appear after a run of antibiotics but also in diabetics, asthma sufferers and people with lung disease. Eating live and active cultures in plain yogurt can help improve this condition. Yellow- Don’t be alarmed when you find yellow streaks running down your tongue. You could be suffering from nasal congestion, poor oral health and poor health habits. All of these things promote bacterial growth on the tongue which causes discoloration. Brush your teeth, use mouthwash and stay away from tobacco products, which can reduce saliva production. Multi-Colored: Acid re flux is a common cause for a patchy colored tongue. This happens when a one way valve at the bottom of the esophagus, sporadically opens and the acid in your stomach makes it way up your throat. The acid then coats your tongue, leaving it discolored and with a serious case of bad breath. In most cases, this condition can be easily treated with drugstore antacids.
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