Oral health is important to your overall physical health and, for many adults, the complications of oral health are associated with lack of good dental care. For individuals who are suffering from oral health related to infection, there can a whole different set of symptoms including the onset of color changes to saliva and the tongue.
A condition commonly referred to as "yellow tongue" can be frightening when symptoms first develop. With yellow tongue, it is not uncommon to see a change in color to the saliva, becoming a more dark appearance, along with a change to the tongue with symptoms that can be quite bothersome.
Symptoms of yellow tongue commonly include the onset of an oral pain, an itchy sensation in the mouth and some patients will describe a feeling of cotton mouth. When these symptoms develop in patients with yellow tongue, there is a likely diagnosis of thrust or the presence of a yeast infection. Without proper treatment, the esophagus, gums and even your stomach can be infected and additional symptoms will arise.
When suffering from symptoms of yellow tongue, it is important to seek out medical attention as soon as possible. If confirmed as a fungal infection, your doctor will most likely prescribe medicated mouthwash that will be used as much as three times per day over a ten to 14 day period. During this time, your mouth will be quite painful and there may be discomfort when trying to eat but eating is necessary to build up your body's defense against infection.
With yellow tongue, there is a marked risk for other types of health complications to develop and, therefore, medical attention is necessary. Recurrence of infection is highly likely and, when not related to a fungal infection, other forms of health testing and treatment is needed. It is important, therefore, to not attempt to treat yellow tongue at home and see your doctor when you experience painful itching or cottonmouth sensations.
Yellow tongue is a common reference made to a variety of oral health complications. For most patients, the complication is related to a fungal, or yeast, infection for which easy medical attention can be supplied. Getting medical attention is the first step and, unfortunately, many adults with yellow tongue allow infection to linger before treatment is sought.
Sources: The Bible Cure for Candida and Yeast Infections, by Don Colbert, pp. 103-199.