Posted on 21 April 2022

A dentist will examine your tongue as part of a routine dental check-up. Your tongue can show signs of dental problems which could affect the health of your teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:

  • If you have a red or shiny-looking tongue, it may be a sign you are lacking nutrients like iron or certain vitamins.
  • The infection oral thrush can be indicated by a tongue having patches or being creamy in appearance.
  • A yellow tongue or one which feels fuzzy may point to a build-up of bacteria that could result in bad breath.

"Symptoms of oral thrush, including lesions on the tongue or a burning sensation, typically start on the tongue and can progress to the other soft tissues of the oral cavity."

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