The Dental Center of Mishawaka
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The True Colors of a White Tongue

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If you notice an odd coating all over your tongue, it’s a sign that all is not well with your health. To understand the cause of your coated tongue, check out its many meanings and treatments.

Medical Meanings

When you open your mouth and see a white tongue, it can be rather alarming. Luckily, it’s usually harmless and treatable. The causes span the spectrum from mild to major. The most minor reasons are mild dehydration and dryness of the mouth, which can both occur when you’re recovering from an illness and not having enough fluids. Another cause of a coated tongue is a chronic inflammation on the tongue, usually resulting from a sharp instrument, dental tool, or simply biting the tongue. A white tongue is also a sign that you’re fighting an oral infection, such as a candida yeast infection, which is known as oral thrush. The most serious causes of a coated tongue are the harmful habit of smoking, an underlying medical illness, and a pre-cancerous condition called leukoplakia. While most causes and cases are minor, consult your dentist or doctor for a professional opinion.

Hygiene Hints

Some cases of white tongue can be blamed on poor dental hygiene. When bacteria collect in the mouth and are not regularly removed, these bacteria can build up and lead to both dental and medical problems. But it’s not enough to simply brush and floss your teeth—you also should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Why should you brush your tongue? These bacteria can collect on your tongue, causing a coated tongue, so you need to remove as much of the bacterial coating as possible to prevent it from causing more problems. That’s a good reason why you should brush your tongue as part of your daily dental hygiene routine.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Mishawaka, call The Dental Center of Mishawaka today at (574) 285-0460 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Mishawaka. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of Mishawaka, 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 The Dental Center of Mishawaka.

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