Our mouth is often seen as a reflection of our overall health. That is why all forms of interference in the oral cavity, especially the tongue, are often associated with disturbances in the body. So what does it mean when we have a green tongue syndrome?
Normally, a tongue has a reddish pink colour with a smooth and soft texture. However, if there are lesions (blisters filled with fluid) or a variety of infections, the tongue tends to change color and appearance.
When the color of the tongue turns green, it could indicate a local infection or systemic disturbance in the body.
According to Buzzle, here are some causes of green tongue syndrome:
1. Hairy tongue syndrome
Hairy Tongue Syndrome or lingua villosa nigra is a condition where there is growth of filiform papillae (the part protruding on the mucous membranes at the top of the tongue) excess on the dorsal surface of the tongue.
When these bacteria infect the papilla, it changes color of the tongue, the tongue will usually appear black or green.
2. Oral candidiasis
One of the most common conditions that could cause a green tongue is the oral fungal, usually caused by infection of Candida albicans fungus.
This condition mostly occurs because of opportunistic infections in people with immune abnormalities. This is also seen in people who wear dentures that do not fit (prosthesis) for a long time.
3. Other causes
Irritation of the throat can also cause a green tongue, because it can be an extension of the upper respiratory tract infection.
In addition, long-term use of antibiotics, smoke, mouthwash and certain toothpastes, drugs can also cause green tongue.