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There are various reasons one might notice their tongue has taken on a yellowish tinge. Most of the causes of a yellow tongue can be treated at home; in rare instances, however, a yellow tongue can indicate a larger medical issue that should be investigated by a doctor or dentist.

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1. Defining a Yellow Tongue

"Yellow tongue" typically refers to a yellow, gold, or orange-ish discoloration on the surface of the tongue. The colored coating can be thick or thin, depending on the individual's oral hygiene practices and diet. In some cases, this discoloration is on the inner part of the tongue, with the edges appearing the standard pink.

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