When should I speak to my dentist about my black hairy tongue?

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Talk to your dentist or doctor if your black hairy tongue doesn't go away after a few days of better oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth and tongue twice daily and flossing daily. Also talk to your doctor or dentist if black hairy tongue doesn’t go away after you stop using tobacco products, liquids or tablets containing bismuth, or mouthwashes containing witch hazel, peroxide, or menthol. If your black hairy tongue is caused by taking an antibiotic, talk to your doctor or dentist before you stop taking the medicine. Although black hairy tongue usually goes away by itself, sometimes you may need an antibiotic or antifungal drug to clear it up.

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