What the Color of Your Tongue Reveals About Your Physical and Mental Health

Posted on: October 19, 2012 | Blog

Tongue issues
Check Out Your Tongue For Health Issues

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Did you know your tongue does more than just taste things for you? Your tongue can actually tell you about your state of health. In fact, your tongue’s color, texture and moisture level can provide you with information on how your body is feeling. Your tongue is filled with blood vessels and saliva that is constantly cleaning out harmful bacteria that may be forming within your mouth.

Thus, if you are feeling unwell, just stick out your tongue and take a look at it. What does it look and feel like?

If your tongue is pink…

A healthy person’s tongue is pinkish, moist (with a slight coating) and has the ability to move freely.

If your tongue is red…

If your tongue changes colors (such as red) that may be a sign that you lack certain nutrients such as iron or B vitamins.

If your tongue is purple…

The color purple could mean you are suffering from high cholesterol.

If your tongue is a pale pink color…

A pale color could indicate you may be lacking hemoglobin, which is found in red blood cells.

If your tongue has raised red spots…

If your tongue has raised red spots it could mean you have burned it

If your tongue is dry…

Dryness could indicate your stress level.

If your tongue is white…

Lastly, let it be known that a thin coating on the tongue is normal and healthy, however, a heavy white plaque can mean oral thrush, or a fungus infection.


So check out your tongue once in awhile, make sure it (and you!) are in good health. For more information on dental tips or for an emergency dentist in Las Vegas,  get in contact with BDG at (702) 388-8888.