What Does the Color of My Tongue Indicate?

Aug 30, 2023

Have you ever wondered why the color of your tongue changes every time you see yourself in a mirror? This might seem like a minor detail but is it communicating something? Some days its pink, some days a little on the yellow side and other days it’s completely red. This is not out of blue (pun intended). That’s right! The color of your tongue indicates a lot about your overall health. In this blog, we will try to uncover reasons why your tongue might look like what it does

Disclaimer: Don’t take this information as a final verdict. If you are observing any symptoms alongside, please contact your doctor and seek professional help.


Pink, blushed up tongue is considered to be normal. This is an indication of healthy functioning body that’s:

  • Well hydrated
  • Good blood circulation
  • Well maintained oral hygiene


This is a second most common example when we talk about tongue discoloration. This can be due to reasons like:

  • Build-up of food particles and bacteria
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Acid reflux or other liver related problems
  • Jaundice


One might think if his/her tongue color is red, it is normal. Mind you, as per general perception, red colored tongue doesn’t mean you have excess blood! This condition is often referred to as ‘strawberry tongue’ which mirror signs of:

  • Geographic tongue – small red patches on the surface of your tongue
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Underlying medical conditions such as infection or fever
  • Tongue inflammation and swelling


Another example of a discolored tongue is when it goes purplish or purplish blue. This can signal multiple health conditions. Some are mentioned below:

  • Low blood oxygen levels known as Cyanosis in medical terms
  • Respiratory problem
  • Cardiovascular issues

Black and Hairy:

Having a black or hairy tongue is uncommon but still possible. It is not serious and can be overcome by proper and prescribed care. This can be caused by:

  • Bacteria overgrowth
  • Keratin build-up
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Radiation therapy
  • Medicinal side effect

When to see the doctor?

While all if this is true, this writing does not aim to trigger any sense of paranoia. It does not also imply that the changing color is because of something serious and incurable.

Know that you are your own best judge. Make sure you maintain good oral health; brush and floss daily, keep yourself hydrated, have a healthy balanced diet etc. However, keep a lookout for any symptoms that deviate from the normal i.e. changes in the color of your tongue. Check for any underlying condition. While doing so, do not fret and call Spring Cypress Dental for your regular check-up. And we will take care of any problem that needs immediate care or assistance. Dial us now on (281) 256-3222


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