The presence of a white coating on the tongue has a variety of causes. Dead cells may collect when the tongue is not brushed on a regular basis. This leads to a foul taste in the mouth and frequent unpleasant breath. White tongue is also associated with a condition called oral thrush. Oral thrush presents when a fungus, known as Candida, begins to grow in the mouth. Dealing with everyday white tongue build-up is a straightforward process that may only require some changes in oral hygiene. Take action to remove the white coating on your tongue and sour breath with it.
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Things you need
- Soft toothbrush
- Tongue scraper
Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft toothbrush.
Brush the tongue using slow movements. Don't apply too much pressure.
Make several sweeps with the brush, moving from front to back. This will remove dead skin cells. Go as far back as you are able without gagging.
Rinse your mouth with warm water after you have finished brushing.
Stick out your tongue.
Take one end of the scraper in each hand and reach the arch of the tool to the back of your tongue.
Scrape forward over your tongue several times, rinsing the scraper after each pass to remove residue from the tool.
Rinse your mouth out with warm water after you have completed scraping.
Tips and warnings
- Increase your daily water intake to help loosen debris on your tongue.
- A rinse of warm salt water once a day may help remove the white coating on your tongue and keep it away. Be careful when using this method. Spit the salt water out, do not swallow it.
- Chronic or persistent white film on the tongue may be indication of illness. If this is a reoccurring problem not improved by good oral hygiene, see a doctor or dentist. You may have an infection that requires medication.
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