By Looking At Your Tongue You Can Learn About Your Health

Do you want to know your real health condition and what causes bad breath? Simply stick out your tongue and look at yourself in the mirror, say all dentists.

Your tongue is a place where numerous bacteria that create odor in the mouth are hidden. And the more layers it has, the worse the smell.

As much as it sounds horrible, you have a million of living organisms in your mouth, mostly bacteria that live and survive in warm and dark environment.

How to tell the difference between a healthy and one that indicates health problems and accumulated bacteria?

  • A healthy tongue is pink, smooth and clean, without deposits and lines on it
  • A tongue with yellow deposits that become darker is a sign that sulfur compounds are created in the mouth. A deep crack in the middle is also typical of this situation, where most of the bacteria hide.
  • Rough tongue with cracks is another sign that you have bad breath. The cracks and grooves are the perfect place for bacteria development.

If the tongue is too large and has indentations on the sides, this generally indicates that your body is full of toxins. The tongue can be a harbinger of toxins and when there are high levels of toxins in the body the tongue will start to swell and enlarge and will push against the sides of the teeth.

  • Another type of tongue is the “geographical” one, recognizable by numerous indentations and bumps, with deposits at some places, and clean at others. This condition usually occurs as a result of a reaction to certain foods, stress, illness or hormonal disorders.
  • Some tongues even have papillae (which look like hairs on the tongue). This “hairy tongue” is again a place where most harmful bacteria multiply.

What causes the deposition of bacteria and bad breath?

Some toothpastes – These are toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate, which produces foam, but no benefit for cleaning the teeth and tongue. Plus, it has recently been proven that this additive can create tiny wounds in the mouth. Therefore it is mandatory to read the labels when buying toothpastes.

Food rich in protein -- Bacteria feed on proteins, creating even more unpleasant smell.

Juices – This is because bacteria produce much more waste odors in an acidic environment.

Sweets -- Sugars create an environment in which bacteria survive easier, and accelerate tooth decay, which are ideal for breeding bacteria. It all leads to unpleasant odors.

Dry mouth -- drying of the mouth is the perfect condition for breeding bacteria.

Cigarettes and alcohol -- These cause dryness of the mouth.

Gum diseases – Bacteria multiply easily in cases of gum diseases and even enter the bloodstream.

Drugs – They dry the mouth, and as you know, that is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

Lactose intolerance -- This might cause odor of yogurt in the mouth when eating more milk-based products.