You don't always think about it, but the color of your tongue is very important. The tongue is one of the strongest muscles in our body, consisting of 16 smaller muscles. It helps you chew, talk and let you taste all that delicious food. Yet a tongue is also good for something else; it also tells you a lot about your health.
Take a look in the mirror: what color is your tongue?
Do you see a dull white layer on your tongue? This can mean several things. Your body mainly tries to tell you that you have a reduced resistance. This white layer, which is also called white batter, is pretty harmless. As soon as your resistance is up to standard again, the white layer also disappears. A white coat can be permanent for smoking people who do not brush their teeth every day. In addition, different types of medicines such as antibiotics can cause a white layer on the tongue.
We all know that our tongue should naturally have a soft pink color. Is your tongue purple? Then some alarm bells would have to ring. The purple color may indicate that you are deficient in vitamin B2. Purple can also precede a blue tongue, which may ultimately indicate a lung condition. If this is permanent and does not come from that one glass of red wine from yesterday, then it is wise to go to the doctor.
Red (sore and swollen tongue)
Not only will you see this red color well when you look in the mirror, you will also feel this sore tongue. This means that your tongue is inflamed. Does your tongue feel painful and burning? Then it's time to go to the doctor. It is also possible that you suffer from scarlet fever. With this infectious disease your tongue will look like a strawberry with bright red dots. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within two weeks.
Is your tongue a smooth structure, yellow in color or do you think you suffer from hair tongue?
A healthy tongue usually feels somewhat rough. The bumps and holes on your tongue suddenly disappear and does it become completely smooth? Then this can be a symptom of anemia or gluten intolerance. In addition, it is also possible that you suffer from inflammation (glossitis) or you have Sjörgen's syndrome. This is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease in which fluid-secreting glands become inflamed. White blood cells penetrate the glands that secrete fluid, such as the salivary glands in the mouth and the tear glands in the eyes.
It may sound a little crazy, hair tongue. With this condition you have abnormally long tongue buds that are dark colored. Smokers who do not brush their teeth regularly have the most problems with this. It is therefore important to also take your tongue with you during brushing. Do you always brush your teeth well, are you not a smoker and do you still suffer from hair tongue? Then this may be due to reduced saliva production or antibiotics.
Does your tongue look yellowish? Often this color goes together with a bad taste in your mouth and bad breath. With a few good brushes you can easily remedy this. However, if your tongue continues to look yellowish, it is wise to make an appointment with your doctor. Does it seem more like a yellow haze over your tongue? Then this could possibly be the fungus called a candida infection. Everyone has this fungus in their mouth, but as soon as the bacteria get out of balance due to, for example, medication, stress or an infection, yeast threads form in your mouth that results in a thick yellow haze over your tongue.