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iVillage: Oral Fixations: What Your Mouth Can Say About Your Health

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Oral Oddity: Strangely Colored Tongue

Might mean:

A brown or black tongue is likely a temporary stain left by common substances such as coffee or tobacco, explains Maier. However, a white or yellow tongue (accompanied by itching or tenderness) may indicate a bacterial or fungal infection. Fortunately, he says, these issues can be easily treated with prescription drugs.

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