Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ASDS)(ISSN: 2581-4893)

Case Report Volume 8 Issue 5

Black Hairy Tongue: A Case Report

Shaimaa Al Harthi*

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Shaimaa Al Harthi, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.

Received: March 19, 2024; Published: April 08, 2024


Black hairy tongue is a benign, asymptomatic oral disease that usually has a good prognosis. It is distinguished by the lingual dorsum of the tongue being noticeably discolored, either black or brownish, and by the hypertrophy of the filiform papillae. The present article describes a case of black hairy tongue in a 45-year-old male patient who attended the clinic with a complain of Halitosis. The clinical examination revealed a distinct hairy appearance of the filiform papillae of the posterior two thirds of the tongue, with yellow discoloration. The treatment involved improvement of oral hygiene, tongue brushing and smoking cessation. At a six week follow up visit, intraoral examination showed complete resolution of tongue discoloration and improvement of Halitosis.

Keywords: Black Hairy Tongue; Halitosis; Hyperkeratosis of the Tongue; Lingua Villosa Nigra


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Citation: Shaimaa Al Harthi., et al.“Black Hairy Tongue: A Case Report".Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 8.5 (2024): 30-33.


Copyright: © 2024 Shaimaa Al Harthi., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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