What is White Tongue?

Posted on : 02-10-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Oral Health

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The tongue appears white or pale yellow and coated when the surface is colonised by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells become trapped between the small nodules on the tongue.A coated tongue is not a disease and is not usually a sign of anything serious. It’s usually only temporary.You can try gently brushing it with a tongue scraper and drinking plenty of water to help it improve.

      What is White Tongue

Causes of White Tongue

Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia is a common condition that results in a painless white patch in the mouth, which sometimes appears on the tongue.This white patch seems to be the result of too many cells being produced from the lining of the mouth and a protein called keratin being deposited. Leukoplakia can develop when the tongue has been irritated, and is linked with drinking too much alcohol and also with smoking.

Oral Lichen Planus

Oral lichen planus (lichen planus of the mouth) is a long term disorder of the immune system that causes white lacy streaks and white patches in the mouth, including on the tongue. Mild cases do not usually cause any pain or discomfort, although it can cause burning sensations and discomfort in the mouth, painful red gums and sore patches in the lining of the mouth.The exact cause of oral lichen planus is unknown. It does not run in families and cannot be passed on to other people.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth caused by a fungus. It can cause a burning sensation on the tongue as well as sore white plaques that can be scraped off (although it may sometimes appear as a red patch).You are more likely to develop oral thrush if you:have recently taken antibiotics or steroid medicationuse steroid inhalers to control asthma have diabeteshave a weakened immune systemwear dentures

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually caught by having sex with someone who is infected.Syphilis can cause a small painless sore or ulcer on the tongue if caught from having oral sex. This appears from 10 days to 3 months after exposure to the infection. Treatment is with a single dose of penicillin.If left untreated, syphilis may lead to white plaques on the tongue called syphilitic leukoplakia.

The tongue appears white or pale yellow and coated when the surface is colonised by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells become trapped between the small nodules on the tongue.A coated tongue is not a disease and is not usually a sign of anything serious. It’s usually only temporary.You can try gently brushing it with a tongue scraper and drinking plenty of water to help it improve.White tongue is the result of inflammation of the finger-like projections (papillae) on the surface of your tongue. The appearance of a white coating is caused by debris, bacteria and dead cells getting lodged between the inflamed papillae.

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