What Could Be Causing a White Tongue?

dca-blog_tongue-scraping-brushing

Do you suddenly have a strange coating on your tongue or completely white tongue? This could just be a buildup of debris that can be quickly wiped away, or it may be a sign of a medical issue. Only your dentist can diagnose your case, but learn more about the medical problems that may be causing your white tongue.

Oral Thrush

The Reason: Oral thrush is also called candidiasis and it results from an excess of yeast in the mouth, which creates the appearance of a coated tongue. It often occurs after you’ve taken antibiotics, if you’re under stress, or facing an illness because these conditions disturb the balance of bacteria in your system.

The Remedy: You can wipe away the white sections of yeast. You always should brush your tongue when brushing your teeth, especially if you’ve been sick or on medication. Why should you brush your tongue? Since oral thrush can develop at any time, brushing your tongue on a regular basis could help to prevent any possible problems. But to completely correct the white tongue, it should be treated with an antifungal medication, tablets, or lozenges that get your system back in balance.

Oral Lichen Planus

The Reason: Oral lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune response. It can result in a coated tongue, yet the coating appears as a lace-like white pattern.

The Remedy: There is really no treatment since it is related to an autoimmune response, but it should be continually monitored by a doctor since any changes could indicate oral cancer.

Linea Alba

The Reason: Instead of causing a completely coated tongue, linea alba results in a thin white line along the edges of the tongue. It is simply caused by an irritation or trauma from aggressive chewing.

The Remedy: Since biting your tongue usually causes it, no treatment is needed.

Leukoplakia

The Reason: The white coating cannot be removed with a quick cleansing with this type of coated tongue. The cause of this condition is sometimes uncertain, but it may be associated with tobacco use or a recurrent irritation in the mouth.

The Remedy: The remedy could be as simple as stopping a smoking habit, but since it results from smoking, it may be an early indication of oral cancer. It’s wise to have your doctor do a biopsy and continually monitor the area for any changes.

Hairy Leukoplakia

The Reason: This condition is seen as a hairy, irregular white patch along the sides of the tongue. It’s caused by the autoimmune condition called Epstein-Barr.

The Remedy: This type of coated tongue can be a recurrent problem, so people with an immune-compromising condition are usually treated with antiviral medications. If you are not suffering from a weakened immune system, then an HIV test may be given to see if there is any correlation.

To learn about our family dentistry practices in Atlanta, call us today or make an appointment.

Imagix Dental and its affiliated practices offer affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Our practices 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 affordable dentists who truly care.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
People at the front desk are amazing
Jude P.
Good care and nice staff. Luis is awesome!
Brian S.
Very reliable and quality work
Nelly A.
Rennia was absolutely amazing and the whole staff was great and friendly!!! My teeth feel like a brand new red bottoms !!!! Paula, Jessica, Abreanna, everyone was great!!! Im happy i found a new home […]
Shawn L.
I am a 15+ year client in this practice. I have seen many dentist come and go but it is your dental hygienist, Chi Chi, and your office staff that keeps me coming back. I also really like your fairly […]
Lee H.
I absolutely love hickory flat dental. Dr. Lee and Dr. Rigg are both incredible and have done amazing work. My personal experience has been flawless. Painless procedures and very kind employees.
BrieAnna H.
This isn’t like going to the dentist, it’s like visiting family. I would highly recommend these very friendly people. You’ll feel like you’re coming home.
Sam T.
Best dental office I have ever been to. Dr. Lee is THE BEST. Luis is AWESOME. LOVE LOVE LOVE this dental practice and recommend it often!
Anita W.
Very personable, the dentist, assistant, hygienist and front desk ladies were professional, helpful, courteous and knowledgeable,
Charis S.
This is a very professional office. My experience has been very good. I’m happy I chose Hickory Flats for my dental needs.
R C.
Dr. Millkey and staff were great with my daughter! She went for her first visit to the dentist today at 20 months old. I was expecting a few tears but to my surprise she did great! Dr. Millkey took […]
Amy L.
Great customer service and dental service.
Justice S.
This office is professional with a personal touch that makes you feel that they truly care about your well being.
Andrew T.
Great job on taking care of my dental care. On time appointment, no hazzle , clear on payments up front, no surprises. Friendly folks that are good at what they do. Paul
Paul M.
Dr. Patel and Charlelisa were great. I was so nervous. They made me feel comfortable. They took their time with me and explained every detail to set the expectation of what was going to happen! They […]
KaSondra A.
Prompt service. Friendly staff.
Micheal T.
They were very nice and made me feel very comfortable as it had been a while since I had been to a dentist.
Elizabeth F.
Dr Nguyen and his staff were excellent! This was my first visit to a Dentist in a very long time and they made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr Nguyen and Northpoint Dental. I […]
Kishore C.
explained charges before the service and extremely nice staff
Kamala P.
On time service, professionalism and friendliness.
Ken O.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here