Looking into the mirror before or after brushing our teeth is a normal thing that a lot of people do. We can understand that the appearance of your tongue could be an alarming surprise if you don’t see what you expect. The tongue is something that we normally expect to be nice and pink, with uniform texture made by taste buds. If your tongue turns white, your stomach may somersault. Not to worry, we know what might be the cause of this color-change, and we can help you restore the rightful hue to your tongue with proper care.
Why Your Tongue May be White
It Could be What You’re Eating
A white film on the tongue could be instigated by some things that are going into the mouth – and even what isn’t. For example, research has demonstrated a connection between alcohol consumption and, now, even meat consumption, to a white film. Additionally, smokers are more prone to have a white tongue. Finally, dehydration, which is a problem for a lot of people, can lead to the overaccumulation of plaque on the tongue.
You May Need to Ramp Up Your Oral Hygiene
The way that we take care of our teeth and gums is also relevant to tongue health. A white film on the tongue doesn’t mean your actual tongue is unhealthy; it means your mouth may be unhealthy. In one Swiss study, researchers concluded that 60- to 80% of the bacteria in the mouth accumulate on the tongue. Knowing this, we can extend our oral hygiene to this area in addition to the teeth and the gums.
How to Solve a White Tongue Problem
If you’re concerned about a white film on your tongue, there are steps you can take to diminish this problem. Alongside film reduction, 9 out of 10 people who follow these steps also notice fresher breath and better oral health.
- Make sure that you are flossing your teeth. It is in between teeth that plaque and bacteria accumulate most easily because there is ample space to hide. By flossing, you reduce the prevalence of bacteria overall in your mouth.
- Clean your tongue. Tongue-scraping is an efficient way to promote a healthy mouth and to directly remove the white film. Go at this very gently, or your tongue will become irritated. Before you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, gently run a tongue-scraper from the back of your tongue to the front.
- Top off your oral hygiene practice with a swish of anti-bacterial mouthwash.
A white film on your tongue is not a huge cause for alarm. However, if this problem persists, schedule a consultation with us so we can develop a suitable plan of action. Call (847) 223-5200 for assistance.