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What To Deal With a White Tongue Coating

Is your tongue coated with an ugly, white film? Here’s why and what you can do about it.

When you inspect your tongue in the mirror, is it a healthy pink shade or is it covered with an ugly, white film? The presence of a white tongue coating is a common problem that can have a variety of causes. Sometimes white tongue coating is caused by the general buildup of dead skin cells. These cells may accumulate when the tongue isn’t brushed regularly or under conditions of dehydration, particularly during the warm weather months when not enough water is being consumed.

Another cause for a white tongue is oral thrush, caused by a fungus known as Candida. The presence of Candida, although not serious in and of itself, can indicate a weakened immune system. A tongue infection with Candida can occur after using antibiotics or steroid based medications. These medications cause thrush by allowing the fungus to overgrow on the tongue. To distinguish an oral thrush infection from buildup of dead skin cells on the tongue, use a tongue depressor to gently scrape the white tongue coating. If the coating scrapes off and leaves a reddened area, it could be oral thrush. If you suspect oral thrush, contact your doctor.

If the white tongue coating is due to a simple buildup of dead skin cells on the tongue, a thorough tongue cleaning can help the problem. Although you can buy various gadgets on the market to clean your tongue, you don’t need to invest in fancy equipment. A soft toothbrush should work as well as more expensive tools.

To clean your tongue, apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft toothbrush and use slow, brushing movements to brush the tongue moving from front to back with the toothbrush. Don’t apply too much pressure as this may cause bleeding. It may take several sweeps with the toothbrush to remove the dead skin cells. Go as far back on the tongue as you can comfortably reach without gagging. When this is completed, rinse your mouth with warm water.

Now that you’ve removed the white tongue coating, you’ll want to repeat this procedure every few days to ensure that the white tongue coating doesn’t recur. It’s also important to drink more water on a daily basis to help flush out any bacteria or debris that can collect in the grooves on the tongue. It can also help to rinse your mouth with a spoon of salt placed into a cup of warm water on a daily basis.

If these measures fail to eliminate white tongue coating, see your doctor to make sure oral thrush isn’t contributing to the problem.

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  1. Thanks for this article very useful

  2. This article was very useful. I will follow these steps. My I can’t believe the things I am getting after using antibiotics to get rid of my bronchitus. I started a bladder infection due to it then was put on more antibiotics to get rid of that and now this. When does it end. I do have a healthy pink patch at the center of the back of my tongue so hopefully that means it was starting to heal on its own.

  3. Thanks, but no thanks. Going to my doctor and asking about Candida made me look like a Hippocondriac. I have been diagnosed with Candida in the past and have had a white tounge for years. Doc gave me some anti-biotics and that seemed to do the trick, but the problem came back. I still have a white tounge. (It’s as white as snow) I told him I think I have candida or h. ppelori or something Because I just don’t feel right. He just looked at me like I was from the planet Neptune or something, even though he DIAGNOSED me with this candida in the past! AND h.peelori. GEEZ! I get so mad at him. He tinks I’m completley and udderly nuts! Like I belong on a funny farm or at a nut factory. Like I got a screw loose in my cabayza. Why aren’t docs more helpful when it comes to these kind of problems? His “solution”? Take a vacation. Are you KIDDING me?? I dropped him like a hot potatoe! And I mean quick! I might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I know when someones given me the business. I took a trip into Mexico and a real good doc there gave me the answer to ALL my problems. Cat urine. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. It drink half a cup for a week and I’m as good as new in no time.

  4. Amazing troll, sir. You had me until the last few sentences where you laid down the analogies a little thick… oh and then the cat urine.

  5. Grey tongue can be an imbalance of good bacteria in your digestive system often caused by antibiotics. Find a good dose probiotic (20 billion or more) and take it every day for about a month. You should start to see results in about 1-2 weeks. Also if you can cut out sugar and eat plenty of green leafy vegetables (spinach, romaine, etc) and other fiber rich plant foods like sweet potatoes, this will give the good bacteria plenty of food to thrive on and cut the food (sugar) of the bad ones.

    P.S. To prevent bladder infections try taking d-mannose and glucosamine, along with plenty of water. The first is the active ingredient in cranberry that prevents bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. The second helps strengthen the wall itself.

  6. Also there is a product.I don’t sell it but i have used it in the past and it did help my Candida ,but it also would make my bladder hurt so i quit..It’s called three lac it has a bunch of good stuff in it that your digestion system uses..Likewise you can also take a piece of a clove of garlic three times a day this is what i’m doing now it helps but watch out your breath will be hideous..The garlic has a great antiseptic aspect too it while being good for your digestion like i said don’t expect a cure with garlic, just feeling better though justify’s me taking it..You can also take a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide “food grade only” mix it with a glass of water and bottoms up it..Your stomach will fill very full but you will feel a difference..I might also mention that i have Hiroshima hypothyroidism where my thyroid is under constant attack by white blood cells..That has always confused me though seems strange that my symptoms are of what everyone says is a weakened immune system but step back and consider i have a over abundance of white blood cells so in effect my immune system should be stronger right?? Maybe a doctor can come in here and explain that one too me..With that being said really don’t tell your doctor you thin you have Candida albiacan overgrowth like the person said earlier the doctor will look at you like you are insane and give you mouth wash for you oral thrush….

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