white coated tongue

Get Rid of a White Coated Tongue Naturally

Though usually temporary and harmless, a white coated tongue can be alarming and lead to horribly bad breath. It is often caused by the build up of debris, bacteria and dead cells. Smoking,  dry mouth, excessive alcohol users and dehydration can all lead to a white coated tongue. Certain disease such as candida, leukoplakia and syphilis can also cause white tongue. If white tongue persists for more than two weeks or your tongue is painful and inflamed you should see a doctor.

 

How do I know if I have a white coated tongue?

  • Your tongue will develop a layer of white or yellow coating similar to plaque.
  • May be slightly irritated.

 

How do I prevent a white coated tongue?

  • Stop smoking.
  • Don’t drink in excess.
  • Practice good oral hygiene including regular tongue cleaning.
  • Stay hydrated.

 

 

How can I treat a white coated tongue?

  • Make a salt water gargle and gargle for about 45 seconds before spiting the liquid out.
  • Scrap your tongue gently with a little salt and your toothbrush. Gargle and rinse.
  • Eat beneficial bacteria foods such as yogurt with live cultures. This will help keep the bacteria in your whole digestive tract, including your mouth, under control.
  • Brush regularly with baking soda to keep the tongue clean.
  • Get hydrated! Dehydration can lead to a white coated tongue.
  • Stop smoking!
  • Rinse with tea tree oil (diluted) to help kill off the bacteria.
  • Increase your intake of high fiber foods, these will naturally scrape your tongue.
  • Avoid yeasty breads, white flours and processed sugars.
  • Enjoy mouth healthy foods like lemon and apple.
  • Make a wash of turmeric and water to help clean your tongue. Gargle then spit.
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