Oral Surgery/Tongue



I was diagnosed with geographic tongue. Now I noticed this yellowish coating on the back of my tongue. What is it? Is it just normal bacteria there? I took some mycelex today maybe that's causing the color? Dr didn't think it was fungal but said I could try it so I did. I do have a burning mouth at times. Also when I rub my tongue on roof of mouth above uvula area upper throat it feels pimply but maybe it supposed to. I am a huge hypochondriac and would appreciate a response. I have visited oral surgeon EnT and regular doctor and dentist. I didn't have the yellow on tongue at time though.  I still have some now although not as bad. This pic was after I had coffee am hour later.

Steve -  I cannot be sure, but the yellow area could be a yeast accumulation.  Those cells could be dead but my suggestion is to see the surgeon and have him take a swab of the area and send it to a lab to evaluate what is there.  I could also be a stain from coffee.  Like I told you before, you should be brushing your tongue at least once a day.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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