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Old 07-04-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Horrible stain on my tongue, please help!

Hi chaps,

I was wondering if you could please help me.

For the past 3 years I've suffered with a horrible green / yellow stain on my tongue which gets worse throughout the day. Sure coffee and tea for example make it worse but regardless it's ALWAYS there.

I've seen both an oral specialist and an ENT specialist who gave me the same medication as acid reflux which did nothing!

Personally to me it looks like a mucus build up on the tongue, whenever I scrape it off it's always very thick in substance and just looks like mucus. Almost as if mucus is running down on to my tongue.

I've tried everything from an oral hygiene perspective. I brush. floss, use a tongue scraper and mouthwash...

Could anyone please tell me who I should go see about this? What type of specialist? I'm willing to go private (UK) Not because I have the money but because the NHS is a joke.

I appreciate any replies.

Thanks guys and girls.

 
Old 07-04-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
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Re: Horrible stain on my tongue, please help!

What made that "stain" appear, do you relate it to something or did you just notice it one day? Does it change in colour or is it mostly yellow with a green-ish tint sometimes? Does not tongue cleaning help even a tiny bit? If it does, then you could try drinking your tea/coffee etc. with a straw. Whereabouts is that "stain", you could maybe take a picture of it. Does it change in brightness (being paler in the morning for example)? Is it more at the back of your tongue? When you scrape it off, does your tongue cleaner get yellow and would you really say it's always mucous-thick or is it more watery?
Oral hygiene has to be made into a solid every day habit, and your techniques of cleaning are of vital importance. I assume it's germ build-up, producing a lot of sulphur, making your tongue yellow-ish, which in turn is definitely acid-related. Use alkaline products daily to wash your mouth with - baking soda is good and cheap enough - especially just after you've eaten.
You could go to dental specialists just for another opinion or advice, but i'm not sure they would be able to help any more than this, if it's germ-related.

 
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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Re: Horrible stain on my tongue, please help!

Thanks for the reply!

What caused it? I don't know, the only thing I think might have triggered it is when I took antibiotics for my skin and one of the tablets split in my my mouth, sounds unlikely I know.

I'm sure it's not a hygiene thing, I do everything to keep my teeth and tongue clean.

It's most yellowish, tongue cleaning does help but only for a limited amount of time. The stain is at the back of my tongue and is very thick / mucus like.

 
Old 07-04-2012, 03:59 PM   #4
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Re: Horrible stain on my tongue, please help!

Certain antibiotics could cause tongue staining, but not long-term, especially since you clean regularly. Mouthwash overuse could be a cause too, is your mouthwash green?
My tongue is also yellow at the very back of it, i can't really reach to clean it because it makes me gag, although that build-up should indeed be removed.
You can just keep cleaning your tongue every day, perhaps change your tongue cleaner every 1-2 months and keep your mouth alkaline.

 
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Re: Horrible stain on my tongue, please help!

Are you on any meds? Though it does sound reflux related....have you seen a gastro doc?

 
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