White Tongue: What Is It?

White Tongue: What Is It?

White tongue, also known as coated tongue or oral thrush, is a condition characterized by a white or yellowish coating on the surface of the tongue. The tongue normally has small, finger-like projections called papillae that are pink in color. However, when there is an overgrowth of bacteria, dead cells, food debris, or other substances on the surface of the tongue, it can cause a white or discolored appearance.

Several factors can contribute to the development of a white tongue:
  1. Poor oral hygiene: Not cleaning the tongue regularly can allow bacteria and debris to accumulate, leading to a white coating. Add a tongue cleaner to your morning routine for instant results.

  2. Dry mouth: Reduced saliva flow can result in a buildup of dead cells and bacteria on the tongue. If you love breath mints, swap your mints for an oil-based Breath Serum to help with dry mouth and provide instant fresh breath.

  3. Mouth breathing: Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can cause dryness and contribute to a white tongue.

  4. Smoking or tobacco use: Tobacco products can irritate the tongue and promote the growth of bacteria.

  5. Dehydration: Insufficient fluid intake can lead to dryness in the mouth and contribute to a white tongue.

In some cases, a white tongue may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as oral thrush - a fungal infection caused by Candida yeast.

Treatment for a white tongue depends on the underlying cause. Maintaining good oral hygiene by regularly brushing the teeth and cleaning the tongue with a tongue scraper can help reduce the coating. Avoiding breath mints, drinking plenty of water and practicing proper oral care habits can also be beneficial. If the white tongue persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for an appropriate treatment plan.

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