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Home Remedies To Treat White-Coated Tongue

By Sravia Sivaram

Our tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body. It is also a very sensitive place to touch and it allows us to talk, taste food and swallow.

The tongue also plays an important role in determining the treatment and health condition. Hence, a white-coloured tongue can also turn out to be a possible sign of a health issue, such as oral thrush or poor oral hygiene.

Read on to know what causes a white-coated tongue.

A healthy tongue is pink in colour and is covered with papillae, which are small nodules present on the surface, and it is known to have a rough texture.

When your tongue turns white, then it indicates that food, bacteria and dead cells have been lodged between the inflamed papillae.

White tongue is mostly harmless, but it can also be an indication of an infection or something more serious.

White-coated tongue may be caused by several factors like dehydration, poor oral hygiene, illness or infection, dry mouth, fever, etc.

Dehydration leads to dry mouth and forms a breeding ground for bacteria. Not brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day can increase your risk of developing a white-coated tongue.

So, read further to know more about the natural remedies for white tongue.


1. Probiotics:

Probiotics can be helpful for oral health purposes, as they inhibit the buildup of unwanted microbes. Probiotics help prevent tongue inflammation and the growth of bacteria on the tongue.


2. Baking Soda:

Baking soda has the ability to exfoliate the tongue and this removes any residue that causes white tongue.


3. Coconut Oil Pulling:

This is one of the best ways to remove bacteria from the mouth. This kind of oral detoxification also helps purify the entire system.


4. Sea Salt:

Sea salt contains natural antibacterial activities and helps remove the white coating on the tongue.


5. Aloe Vera Juice:

Aloe vera has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Swish one spoon of aloe vera juice in your mouth every day, until the coating disappears.


6. Colloidal Silver:

Colloidal silver has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help get rid of the white coating on the tongue. Swish a spoon of colloidal silver with equal parts of water, twice every day.


7. Garlic:

Garlic has antifungal properties and is a natural treatment for white tongue. It contains allicin, which is an active compound in garlic.


8. Oregano Oil:

It has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that fight against oral thrush, which is the main cause of white-coated tongue.


9. Tongue Scraping:

One of the most important things that you can do to prevent white teeth is to scrape your tongue using a tongue scraper. This will remove the bacteria and dead cells.


10. Vegetable Glycerine:

This is a popular remedy for white tongue. Take one spoon of glycerine and put it on your tongue. Brush it lightly with a soft bristle brush, this will help remove the dead cells.


11. Turmeric:

This is an effective remedy for white tongue coating removal. It also prevents the growth of bacteria on the tongue due to its antibacterial properties.


12. Tea Tree Oil:

This oil is loaded with antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial characteristics. It effectively helps in treating the thrush on the tongue.


13. Neem:

This is a popular remedy for white tongue. It further helps in removing the yeast, fungus and bacteria from the mouth due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Story first published: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 16:00 [IST]
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