Have an Orange Tongue? Read This

Normally, the tongue is supposed to be pink in color. So, if you’ve got an orange tongue, then it’s time to investigate.

This isn’t a disease per se. Rather, it’s a sign of something else happening in the body.

In most cases, it’s due to a bacterial infection. Let’s explore all the possibilities below.

Can Bacteria Cause an Orange Tongue?

orange tongueAbsolutely! In fact, this is the most common cause of this symptom. It’s usually due to not keeping your mouth clean (hence why you should brush daily!).

When you fail to brush, you give the bacteria in your mouth all the nutrients they need to survive and replicate.

Aside from an orange tongue, you may also develop bad breath, odd tastes, and more.

Start focusing on your oral health and that will probably make your symptoms disappear. If possible, try to get a professional cleaning by a dentist.

Bottom Line: This symptom is often caused by bacteria that accumulate in the mouth. Brushing daily should resolve it.

Side Effect to Certain Medications

medicationsMost medications aren’t symptom free. They often have many side effects, which can include an orange tongue.

Ask yourself: are you currently taking any medications? If so, did your symptom begin around the same time that you starting taking them?

Usually, people with this symptom will find that this is the case. If you think that it’s due to a medication you’re taking, talk to your doctor.

However, don’t stop taking your medication until you’ve met with your physician.

Bottom Line: Changes in the color of the tongue can be a side effect of certain medications.


gerd and sweet tasteGERD stands for gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease. Doctors say “GERD”, but you can just call it “heartburn”.

It’s when the acid in your stomach goes up the esophagus and into the throat and mouth.

Over time, it can lead to a bitter taste in the mouth, as well as an orange tongue. Fortunately, GERD is treatable through lifestyle intervention.

By eating a more plant-based diet, getting more exercise, and not eating before bed, you can dramatically lessen your symptoms.

Avoiding stress is also recommended if you want to reduce your instances of GERD.

Bottom Line: GERD is when stomach acid moves into the throat and mouth. It can lead to changes in tongue color.


moldAn orange tongue might be due to mold. If your live or work in the presence of mold, then it’s a likely possibility.

The best thing you can do is minimize your exposure to the mold. Specifically, try to have the mold removed by a professional mold removal company.

Remember that mold can lead to other unpleasant symptoms and ailments, so you should take care of it as quickly as possible.

Minimizing your exposure to mold should make your orange tongue go away.

Bottom Line: If you live or work in the presence of mold, then it might be the cause of your symptom.

Treatment Option #1: Probiotics

ProbioticsOne solution that you can try is to take probiotics. These can be found in virtually all health food stores.

Taking probiotics 1-2 times daily will keep your mouth and digestive tract functioning optimally.

Probiotics can help destroy “bad” bacteria while help strengthen your body’s “good” bacteria.

It also aids in digestion and can be a solution to your orange tongue.

Bottom Line: We recommend taking probiotics 1-2 times daily for optimal mouth and digestive health.

Treatment Option #2: Herbs

herbsVarious herbs and supplements can be used to treat your symptom. We recommend herbs like garlic, basil, and Turmeric.

Herbs like these will help maintain a healthy PH balance in your mouth, which should make your symptom go away.

Note, these herbs are also very healthy for the body in general. They’ve been known to help reduce the risk of various diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

Bottom Line: Try to include basil, Turmeric, garlic, and other healthy herbs in your diet to make your orange tongue go away.

Treatment Option #3: Oral Hygiene

oral hygieneThis is an obvious treatment option, but we’re going to talk about it anyways.

Make sure that you’re brushing your teeth at least 2 times per day (once in the morning and once at night).

Make sure that you’re flossing as well. Also, avoid eating foods with high artificial sugar content. This includes sodas, cookies, etc.

Bacteria thrive on foods like these, so the more you eat them, the more likely you are to develop an orange tongue.

Bottom Line: Oral hygiene isn’t just about brushing your teeth. It’s also about avoiding teeth-damaging foods like sodas and cookies.

What Now?

At this point, wait and see what happens. If your symptom doesn’t go away within a few days, then it might be a good time to see a doctor or dentist.

It could be due to anything from a bacterial infection, exposure to mold, and more. Potential treatment options include using better oral hygiene, taking probiotics, and getting more natural herbs in your diet.

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