Why Is My Tongue White? | Williams Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Why Is My Tongue White?

07 May 2019
May 7, 2019

Have you ever stuck out your tongue while looking in the mirror and noticed that it was white? Ever wonder happened or what is going on in your body to cause your tongue to be white?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the tongue plays an important role in determining health conditions that are going on in our bodies. And for that reason, having a white tongue can be viewed as a warning sign of a possible health issue or poor oral hygiene.

There are multiple reasons as to why this has happened. We will cover this topic today because taking care of your tongue is an important part of your oral health and hygiene.

There are multiple reasons why your tongue is white

A pink tongue is considered to be normal and healthy. And when your tongue appears to be white it can be for various reasons such as food debris, bacteria and dead cells that have been lodged between inflamed papillae. This is why it is important to adhere to a daily oral hygiene routine.

We should mention that having a white tongue is typically temporary, harmless, and will naturally heal itself. However, at times, it can be an indication of a serious health condition or infection.

Here are some common factors as to having a white tongue:

  • dehydration
  • poor oral hygiene
  • illness or infection
  • dry mouth
  • fever
  • reaction to certain medications
  • candida yeast infection also known as oral thrush
  • smoking or tobacco use
  • alcohol use
  • reaction to eating something spicy
  • congenital heart disease is often found in adults

Typically the main reason people experience a white tongue is to dehydration or dry mouth or a lack of a regular oral hygiene routine.

Sometimes, white tongue can’t be scraped off. It doesn’t go away after using antifungal treatments is the result of a more serious condition. You should consult with your dentist about the possible reasoning behind this is and if you need to be referred to your general physician.

How to treat and prevent white tongue

Whether or not your white tongue is a sign of a serious issue, it is pointing out that something isn’t right and you should try to figure out what is going with your body.

It is important for you to naturally treat the issue by re-establishing good bacteria in your gut, getting rid of bacteria in your mouth and avoid the growth of candida with some natural white tongue home remedies which we will discuss in detail in another blog post, so stay tuned for that.

As mentioned before, it is important for you to brush your teeth and tongue twice a day and to stay hydrated to avoid dry mouth!

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