Orange tongue

Orange Tongue can be caused by a multitude of factors, and can sometimes be easily missed by people. After all it is not every day we look at our tongues to notice if it is orange or not.

Here some things to watch for that cause Orange tongue

Food Debris – when accumulation of debris forms on the tongue from foods and drinks it can cause orange tongue. Treatment: The coating can be cleaned by brushing the tongue or using a tongue scrapper. This will also make the breath fresher.

Overgrowth of a Yeast or Bacteria – If there is bad breath or burning sensation on the tongue, it can be caused due to overgrowth of yeast or bacteria. Treatment: Eating yoghurt containing live culture daily for a week should bring down the growth. If there is no change or the severity of burning increases you should contact the dentist

Acid Indigestion or Heartburn – Heartburn or acid indigestion is usually the main cause of an orange tongue. Treatments: The simplest remedy for an orange tongue caused due acid indigestion is to take antacids like Maalox, Alka-Seltzer, Tums or Pepto-Bismol. Brushing along with antacids should resolve the problem. Prevention: Reduce the intake of acidic foods or opt to eat more a low-acid foods in your diet.

Mold in the Environment – Orange tongue can also be due to the presence of mold in the environment at home or at work. Treatment: Taking anti-fungal medication may or may not be very effective as it is essential to get rid of the mold from the environment.

  1. Antibiotics – In normal conditions, there is normal flora of microorganisms that thrives in your mouth. Antibiotics can cause an imbalance in this natural flora and cause orange tongue. Treatment: The treatment for orange tongue caused due to use of antibiotics involves restoring the balance of the healthy oral flora. Close monitoring by your doctor, and of your diet, including supplements in the diet.


TIP: Grapefruit seed extract taken orally or used as throat gargle is very effective in getting rid of orange tongue

Keven Peoples