As a parent, it can be alarming to look in your toddler’s mouth and notice black spots on their tongue. Fortunately, black spots on a toddler’s tongue rarely indicate a serious problem. If you have recently given your child Pepto-Bismol or a similar medication, they may get black spots on their tongue.

This is mainly because the key ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is bismuth sub-salicylate and can lead to black spots and discoloration. Your child’s black spots should completely go away a few days after they’ve finished taken the medication. Black spots on your toddler’s tongue may also occur as the result of eating or drinking something with a black dye or food coloring. For example, if they ate black and orange popcorn for Halloween, they may end up with black spots on their tongue.

Drinking or eating something with a natural dye such as blackberries may lead to black spots on your toddler’s tongue as well. In some cases, black spots are caused by a condition known as black hairy tongue. This condition may occur if your child has developed excessive amounts of bacteria or yeast in their mouth.

A pigmented nevus of the tongue may be another reason your child’s tongue features black. A dentist can investigate their tongue and let you know the root cause of the black spots as well as whether treatment is necessary.

Schedule an Appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

If the black spots on your toddler’s tongue to do not go away within a few days, we encourage you to call our office at 703-542-7000 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly and compassionate pediatric dentists.