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Quit smoking, metallic taste in mouth, yellowish hairy coating on tongue. Tried listerine. Cure?

I quit smoking 2 weeks ago & ever since I have a really bitter/metallic taste in my mouth, very sore roof of mouth & yellowish hairy coating on my tongue. The chemist ruled out oral thrush & I have very good dental hygiene- I often brush, floss, scrape & rinse with listerine . No matter what I do I cant get rid of this taste? I have also been gargling warm salt water. Please help??? Thanks.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Yellow coating on the tongue is caused by inflammation of the papillae , which then collect bacteria and build up yellow pigment.

Smoking , mouthbreathing , dehydration and fever all causes papillae to be inflammed.

Clean the teeth with tongue scraper .
Gently clean the tongue with solution containing one part of hydrogen peroxide and five parts water .
Drink lots of water .If fever , cough is present , the condition will resolve once the condition go away .

Hope this helps out .
Answered: Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

on sudden cessation of smoking such symptoms do not this gradually or in tapering doses.

It is good, that you are following good oral hygiene measures,continue with that it will help you lot.

The coating on your tongue is due to inflammation of the papillae, after which it leads to accumulation of bacteria and further production of yellow pigment and metallic taste too.

To overcome this, you can use tongue scraper .

Also,i would suggest you to clean the tongue with solution containing one part of hydrogen peroxide and five parts water .

This type of metallic taste is also experienced during fever and dehydration.

There fore take plenty of fluids and keep yourself hydrated.

Hope this helps.


Answered: Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Indu Thakur's  Response
hi, thnx for your query, bitter or metallic taste is due to enlarged papillae[taste buds] because of smoking. smoking results in increased keratin production and results in increase of dead cell a result the cells get accumalated and cause hair like appearance.this is annoying for appearance but can be cured with using a tounge scraper regularly and maintainance of proper oral hygiene. do not stop smoking all of a suddence this results in more problamatic effects, better use NICORETTE CHEWING GUM . hope this finds helpful.
Answered: Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
yellow coating on the tongue can be the result of various factors: smoking, certain antibiotics, minor infections, diet, jaundice (usually with yellowing of eyes and skin), thyroid issues, spleen and/or liver anomalies, glandular fever....etc
Brush and rinse thoroughly before bed.
Take a multivitamin every day
Avoid drinking beer or alcohol in large quanities before going to bed.
Drink a lot of water, even when you are not thirsty
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
Answered: Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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