Unfortunately it can happen that you wake up one day with a yellowish or white deposit on your tongue. You do not have to worry about this condition immediately: there can be many different causes.
Read here what your mouth says about your health.
In general, a white tongue indicates a reduced resistance. With a reduced resistance the balance between bacteria and fungi on your skin, mucous membranes and body gets confused. This disturbance ensures that the bacteria and fungi get the upper hand and cause white attack. Are you going through a stressful period, have you had a cold or are you just not feeling well? Then you don't have to worry about the white layer: it will go away again.
However, if there is a serious illness, the tongue can keep a white layer for a longer period of time. The use of antibiotics can also be of influence. In addition, the phenomenon can also arise after major treatments such as chemotherapy. But also disorders of the tongue can be the culprit: for example, the phenomenon can occur with disorders such as a map tongue, a hair tongue and a tongue infection. An irritated oral mucosa caused by smoking, drinking a lot of coffee and tea and poor care of the teeth can also lead to a whitish attack.
How do you get rid of it?
How you get rid of it actually depends on the cause of the disorder. In general you can do the following:
- Ensure good hygiene of the teeth: brush your teeth at least twice a day and ensure that you float or burn regularly. Your toothbrush is a source of bacteria: replace it every three months.
- Also don't skip your tongue: clean it regularly with, for example, a tongue scraper. Bacteria that accumulate on the tongue can cause attack and bad breath.
- There is a chance that your mouth disorder is caused by bad habits such as drinking a lot of tea and coffee or smoking. Therefore, stop smoking and reduce your intake of tea and coffee.