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Treatment for coated tongue

Updated April 17, 2017

A coated tongue can be indicative of a Candida albicans overgrowth in your body, an autoimmune disorder, a digestive ailment or simply the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. If you have a coated tongue, follow the treatment advice of a qualified physician and incorporate lifestyle adjustments, herbal healing methods and home remedies into your coated tongue treatment plan.

Hydrogen peroxide

You can make a simple hydrogen peroxide coated tongue treatment by combining one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water. Dip a soft-tipped toothbrush into the mixture and brush your tongue using back to front strokes. When you have used all of the mixture, scrape your tongue with an upside-down teaspoon to dislodge some of the residual coating. Use this method every morning and every night after you brush your teeth.

Aloe vera

You can use aloe vera juice---which contains numerous vitamins, minerals and amino acid compounds---to treat your coated tongue. Begin by swirling 18 ml (1 tbsp) of aloe vera juice around your mouth and spitting it out. Then drink 18 ml (1 tbsp) of aloe vera juice. Do this four times daily for approximately two weeks.

Lifestyle adjustments

Toxins may contribute to your coated tongue. Stop smoking and chewing tobacco if you do so. Simplify your diet for a few weeks by eating easily digestible foods such as cooked vegetables, mung bean soup and rice. Eliminate or decrease your intake of ice cream, yoghurt and cheese. Season your food with herbs that stimulate the immune system, such as sage, cardamom, basil, ginger and thyme. Fast once a week with fruit and vegetable juices.

Neem

The traditional Indian herb neem, or Azadirachta indica, is a blood purifier that is recommended for coated tongue treatment. It can be found online or in Middle Eastern or Indian grocery stores. Make a neem concoction by placing 18 ml (1 tbsp) of neem leaves into 240 ml (1 cup) of boiling water. Cook the mixture until it is reduced by half and allow it to cool. Gargle with the mixture, which has a bitter taste.

Tongue scraper

You can use a commercial tongue scraper to scrape your coated tongue daily after your normal morning and evening brushing and flossing times. Tongue scrapers can be found online, in larger grocery stores and at most dentist offices.

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