Although the cause of black hairy tongue is unknown, it has been suggested that some of the causes may be due to poor oral hygiene, antibiotic use, smoking, breathing through the mouth or not enough saliva is produced. It is a painless condition that occurs when the little bumps on your tongue grow long and they trap the bacteria that live in your mouth. It makes your tongue look black and hairy.
Brushing your tongue with a soft bristle toothbrush or using a tongue scraper will help, however for proper diagnosis of your individual case be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Cleaning Aids for Dental Bridge, Implant, or Crown
SuperFloss: Starts with a stiff end of floss for threading under bridge, followed by a fluffier middle section of floss for filling the space under the abutment and ending with regular floss for cleaning the remaining teeth.
Interdental Brushes: A small cylindrical brush used to clean in between teeth and comes in a variety of sizes. Easier to use if the dental bridge is located further back in the mouth and difficult to thread superfloss under.
*When cleaning an implant, make sure it doesn’t have a metal wire component to avoid scratching the implant under the crown.*
Waterpik: A pulsating water device used to clean around difficult to reach areas with regular floss.
To find which tool is right for you be sure to ask your dental professional at your next check-up and cleaning appointment.
Blog by: Joanna – RDH