What should I know about black hairy tongue?

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Black hairy tongue make look unpleasant and may cause bad breath (halitosis), but it almost always does no harm and will go away by itself. Good oral hygiene and avoiding tobacco products will help make black hairy tongue go away and keep it from coming back. Taking antibiotics can sometimes cause black hairy tongue. If this happens, talk to your doctor. Don't stop taking antibiotics without talking to your doctor first.

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