White TongueWhite Tongue is not a regular topic talked about as often as a toothache and mouth ulcers or bad breath, but it’s a real condition and just as common like these just mentioned.

There are things you can do that’ll help prevent white tongue (furry tongue) becoming a problem for you. This condition can be caused by many things which thankfully most are harmless. The coating on the tongue can however also indicate diseases of a serious type. A healthy tongue should appear pink in colour, but if this is not the case for you and there is colour change see a doctor.

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The tongue’s surface is naturally covered with finger-like projections called papillae. But if the tongue starts showing a white matter on top, inflammation of the papillae may have happened. Dead bacteria cells which get stuck among the papillae is possibly why the white coating is showing up.

Oral thrush can be aggressive. The coating on the tongue caused by this may show up patchy, thick and look like clotted cheese. Thrush is a type of yeast infection (Candida albicans) and recognised more in new-born babies. Older people, diabetics and people with immune deficiencies are possible targets for this also. Specific medication (antibiotics and chemotherapy) can cause thrush in the mouth. Leukoplakia is caused by an extreme overgrowth of cells in the mouth which is another factor for causing white tongue.

Some conditions where white tongue has been present is more serious than some patients have anticipated. So this is why change from being a natural pink needs investigating to rule out oral cancer.

If Oral Lichen Planus is diagnosed appearance is normally lacy looking or with several raised white lines. Not a worrying condition as it is normally cleared up by brushing the tongue with toothpaste or using a specially formulated solution to treat this. If you feel pain or sores develop in the mouth or back of the throat have the dentist look at this.

A furry white tongue could be the outcome of dehydration or yeast infection.

Thrush is an infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans, the same fungi accountable for yeast infections.

Symptoms of thrush:

Tongue covered in white patches
Smooth clotted like sores
Painful mouth and throat
Burning inside the mouth and back of throat
Unpleasant taste in the mouth
No Tastebuds

If ever in doubt get it checked out.

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