Tongue Problems: What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health

Surprising things your tongue can say about your health.

A strawberry red color:

Strawberry red color

It may be a sign that you don’t get enough iron and vitamin B12. Such vitamin deficiency can be accompanied by weakness, memory and balance problems.

A lot of white plaque:

White Plaque

It’s a sign of a yeast infection or candidiasis. This plaque appears when Candida albicans grows excessively in your mouth.

This condition may be caused by taking antibiotics, diabetes or a weak immune system.

Red spots and blisters:

Red Spots

Typically such spots are swollen taste buds. Even if they are painful, they usually disappear in a few days.

But if such bump lasts more than 2 weeks. It can be linked to tongue cancer. See a doctor immediately.

Black or brown plaque:

Black or Bown Plaque

It’s a sign of bad hygiene, smoking, or drinking a lot of coffee or black tea.

There also can be an unpleasant smell from the mouth and difficulties with recognizing tastes. Try to give up the bad habits that cause the plaque and brush your tongue twice a day.

Bumps and dimples:

Bumps and dimples

It’s quite a rare feature that is not dangerous at all if you don’t have any pain.

Blood blisters:

Blood Blisters

They develop after trauma. Such as biting your tongue or burning it with hot food. Such blisters come and go quickly but may be painful. Avoid hot, salty, and spicy food that can irritate the blister.

See a doctor if:

  • The blister is warm to the touch and the tissue around it is red.

Both are the signs that your blister is infected.

  • The blister is so big that it makes difficult to breathe.
  • Your blisters are recurrent.


The white tongue may be a sign of insufficient oral hygiene or a symptom of various diseases.

Why is your tongue white?

How to clean and disinfect your tongue!



Eat a few cloves of garlic to kill bacteria and clean the tongue.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera

Put a Tbsp of Aloe Vera juice in your mouth, swish it for a few minutes, and spit it out. Then rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat several times a day. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Herbal mouthwash:

Herbal mouthwash

Brew a tbsp. of chamomile, a tsp of sage and mint, and a pinch of oak bark in 4 cups of boiling water.

Wait for the broth to cool and strain it.

Add a tbsp. of salt.

Swish with this mixture twice a day after brushing your teeth.



When brushing your teeth, sprinkle a few pinches of salt on your tongue and brush it for a minute.

Then rinse your mouth with water.

Repeat twice a day.



Mix turmeric powder with citrus juice to make a paste. Rub the paste onto the tongue for 2 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Turmeric is an excellent alternative to antiseptic drugs for the mouth. Dry mouth and general dehydration can provoke a white tongue. Drink enough water during the day to avoid it.

Clean your teeth and tongue, use dental floss and a disinfectant mouthwash at least twice a day.

Quit smoking:


Smoking can help inflame the papillae of the tongue and lead to the accumulation of dead cells. This creates a comfortable environment for the growth of bacteria.

Refrain from alcohol:

Refrain from alcohol

Alcohol affects the tongue in 2 ways at once- It causes inflammation of the papillae in the tongue and dehydrates the body.