Unwanted Bacteria and Dead Cells
When a person has a tongue that is covered with a obvious, thick whitish creamy or even yellowish spotty coat, it means that the tongue may be infested with unwanted bacteria, dead cells, fungus, debris and others.
This condition is referred to as Candida albicans, or an oral thrush (which may also refer to an infection on the tongue of infants and babies) is an infestation of yeast fungi that appears on the tongue, gums, inner cheeks tonsils and palate.
But what are the reasons that cause this thick whitish coat to appear on a person’s tongue? And do they pose any serious risk to health?
Almost half of the population in the world have some form of Candida Albicans present in the oral cavity. For most times, it poses no threat to a person’s well being and health. People that use dentures will usually contract Candida but without suffering any serious ill effects to their health. The whitish substance on the tongue may look quite scary but for most times, it’s harmless.
It is a widely accepted fact that smoking and a habit of frequently consuming hot beverages can cause a high growth of yeast (candida) in the mouth and lead to a coated tongue.
However, Candida does not develop to be a serious problem in most of the population unless it develops in :
a person with a weak immune system that is caused by another type of infection.
a person with a medical condition such as Diabetes and others.
a person that has consumed antibiotics, steroids for over a period of time
a person that has a history of drug and alcohol abuse
a person that undergoes a treatment like chemotherapy and treatment for serious illnesses.
When there is an extreme change in a person’s make up and chemistry in the oral cavity, these changes can act as a catalyst to develop Candida into a far more serious health issue.
Important: When there are lesions, white patches or white dots that can be observed on the tongue, it is recommended that the person consults with a trained medical professional- Oral Maxilofacial Surgeons are trained specialists in this field. White patches on the tongue may suggest early symptoms of oral cancer.
Oral thrush or Candida may account for an uncomfortable burning sensation on the tongue and sometimes in the throat. Sometimes the whitish creamy coat may appear on the tongue of a person that simply does not consume enough or sufficient amounts of water. Oddly enough, many people do not drink enough water each day and should commit to at least drinking about 8 glasses of water each day.
Poor oral hygiene is also another reason that can also significantly cause a growth of yeast infestation. Cultivating proper oral hygiene habits can eliminate the coated tongue condition. Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper every morning and evening to clean and remove debris, pathogenic bacteria and halitosis from your tongue. Scraping off debris on the tongue promotes new cell growth.
We of course, advise you to always seek a trained medical professional if you have concerns about your health and others.
Treatment and Remedies
Some people opt for topical therapy as a form of treatment for treating Coated Tongues. Anti fungal drugs such as miconazole, nystatin are offered and gurgled in the mouth by the person that seeks this type of treatment. Others use a combination of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide with water to remove the coating on their tongue. (Please check with your local dentist or a trained physician for more information.}
Using mouthwashes and toothpastes are an essential combination that is used to treat coated tongues and maintain good oral hygiene but-
Using these products that have harmful chemicals like alcohol and toothpastes with sodium lauryl sulfatecan cause damage to the tongue and may even do the opposite and help form a coating. Instead, you can consider using herbal- Homeopathic and natural ingredients that promotes oral health and fresh breath. Please click here to get more information.
Consider taking Acidophilus based supplements which supports the body to create a balance of systemic flora and maintain healthy pH levels. Get more info about Candidiasis, Candida and Acidophilus based supplements here
As always, please consult a dentist or trained medical professional if you are not sure about a condition that you may have.
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