What other health problems can be associated with black hairy tongue?

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Black hairy tongue is sometimes caused by taking antibiotics for a health problem such as an infection. Because black hairy tongue is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, it may be associated with other health problems such as periodontal (gum) disease. Black hairy tongue may also cause halitosis (bad breath). People with HIV are more likely to get black hairy tongue.

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