What are possible complications of yellow tongue?

Yellow tongue is usually harmless, but may develop into something called black, hairy tongue, a temporary, harmless, painless oral condition that gives your tongue a dark, furry look.

If yellow tongue is the result of jaundice, a yellowing of your eyes and skin, it may indicate liver or gallbladder problems, which can have serious complications if left untreated.

Also, if your yellow tongue is caused by poor oral hygiene -- not brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily -- then you risk complications related to poor oral hygiene, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay.

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