You might also notice that your tongue looks slightly hairy. Your tongue is covered in hundreds of tiny bumps called papillae. But when dead skin cells start to collect on their tips, they start to look longer. These long papillae are easily stained by bacteria and other substances, giving your tongue a black, furry appearance. When you have a buildup of dead skin cells on your tongue, bacteria and other substances can get caught in them.
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What you should know about hairy tongue
These papillae have a mechanical abrasive function. Treatment involves good oral hygiene, brushing of the tongue, mouth rinses and sometimes the trimming of the elongated papilla. The picture to the left is the same patient two months later after improvement in his oral hygiene. Control of her reflux along with the use of a topical anti-fungal medication Nystatin , cessation of smoking and bushing of her tongue resulted in marked improvement.
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