Why do we get fur on our tongues?

White Furry Tongues... the lesser know tribute act to Super Furry Animals

24th September 2009
Why do we get fur on our tongues? (iStock)

Asked by: John Stark, Uxbridge

If you mean the normal roughness of a healthy tongue, this includes taste buds, and many small, sensitive projections that cover the top surface.

If you mean an additional white or grey furry covering then it’s probably a bacterial or fungal infection such as thrush, and you should get it treated. Healthy tongues are not covered in fur!


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