Therefore, never skip brushing your teeth and do it thoroughly at least twice a day or even after every meal. When you brush your teeth in the morning, don’t forget about brushing your tongue too. After you brush your teeth you should rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
Optionally, you can prepare your own mouth wash with salt. You just need to add about ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. When you put it in your mouth, don’t spit it out immediately, but hold it for a moment in your mouth and swish it. It’s also good to gargle with your head back. Don’t swallow the mixture, but just spit it out.
If you don’t want to use any mouthwash, at least gargle with water. If you often deal with a white tongue, your dentist may prescribe you a stronger mouthwash too.
It’s also important to choose a good quality, fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with a soft bristle. You should floss your teeth at least once a day too. Moreover, your dentist should check your oral cavity every six months.
5. React Quickly
Every time you notice the first white patches on your tongue, you should try to remove them quickly. You can simply use your regular toothbrush to do it. It’s worth using a toothpaste as it will also eliminate bad breath. When brushing your tongue remember to be gentle, though, as otherwise you may irritate your tongue, which might be painful.
You may also buy a special toothbrush equipped in a tongue scraper on the back. You can use it to scrape the debris and dead cells from your tongue. Don’t reach too far into your throat, though, as you may gag yourself. Also, don’t press the scraper too hard as if you cause irritation, you may develop an infection in your oral cavity.
You must also understand that it’s better to prevent the problem than later cure it. Therefore, pay attention to your everyday diet too. It should be rich in fruit and vegetables as they naturally hydrate your organism and they provide it with vitamins and minerals. They will make your immune system strong and will create an environment in your mouth that bacteria don’t like to develop in.
When to Seek Medical Help
If a white coating on your tongue is the only symptom you’ve observed, you probably don’t need your doctor’s help. However, if the problem doesn’t go away after a few weeks, you should make an appointment.
Don’t postpone the visit if you’ve been suffering from other symptoms such as a painful tongue or a burning sensation in your mouth. Any open wounds in your oral cavity should be checked by your doctor immediately. Problems with swallowing, talking, or chewing require an immediate consultation with a doctor. A white tongue should also be diagnosed by a specialist if it appears together with a skin rash, fever, or weight loss.