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The Real Causes Beneath a White Tongue

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When your naturally pink tongue is suddenly covered in a white coating, you may wonder and worry about what’s going on. While most tongue problems are very minor, discover what’s causing your white tongue and how to treat it properly.

A Look at Leukoplakia

This is a condition where the cells in the mouth grow at such a rapid rate that there’s no time for the tongue to shed its old cells. With so many cells covering the tongue, it gives the appearance of a coated tongue that’s covered in white patches. A coated tongue can simply be caused by irritation and the coating will subside as it heals. But since a white tongue is often the result of tobacco use, it may be an early indication of cancer, so have your dentist find out what’s causing your leukoplakia to ensure that there’s no cause for concern.

Straight Talk on Oral Thrush

This is a yeast infection that develops in the mouth called candidiasis. It appears as white, bumpy patches all over the tongue and mouth. It is often seen after the use of antibiotics that kill the beneficial bacteria in the mouth. Yet this type of white tongue is also detected in people with diabetes and weakened immune systems, as well as while taking steroids for lung disease or asthma. Infants, the elderly, and people who wear dentures experience the problem most frequently. Dentists advise eating yogurt with live and active cultures to restore proper pH in the mouth or taking medication to fight the infection. It often results from poor oral hygiene, which is why you should brush your tongue when you brush your teeth.

An Overview of Oral Lichen Planus

A tongue covered in lace-like, raised white lines may be a sign of oral lichen planus, an autoimmune disorder. The cause is unknown and the condition often subsides on its own. You can help to prevent this type of white tongue by avoiding tobacco and eating fewer foods that irritate your mouth.

It’s important to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Why should you brush your tongue? The best prevention for a coated tongue is practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth and tongue.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Ocala, call Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road today at (352) 433-4934 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Ocala. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road.

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