Having a white tongue can considerably disrupt daily life: you don't dare to laugh with your mouth open and you prefer not to talk to people up close. A white tongue may not be dangerous, but it is very disturbing and it says something about your health.
Where does a white tongue come through? And how can we prevent it?
Having a white tongue can indicate a reduced resistance. This has everything to do with bacteria and fungi that naturally occur on your skin, mucous membranes and in your body. Normally these bacteria and fungi have found a perfect balance and live in harmony next to each other in and on your body. However, if your resistance is reduced, it is possible that these bacteria and viruses will become imbalanced and you will get a white-colored tongue.
Not very serious, but in some cases (read: very rare!) A white tongue can be caused by a serious illness, such as AIDS. Swallowing antibiotics and radical treatments such as chemotherapy can also cause a white tongue. In addition, there are also disorders of the tongue (map tongue, hair tongue and tongue infection), which means that the tongue can (partly) turn white. Yet the cause of most people can be found in a reduced resistance.
Build up resistance
So it's time to rebuild this resistance! But how do you actually do that? First, make sure you remove stress from your life as much as possible; stress can cause a reduced resistance in the longer term. So take enough rest, eat healthy (enough vitamins, minerals, fibers and proteins), ensure good hygiene (wash your hands!) And ensure sufficient exercise. And those "resistance-increasing" resources, you can leave them alone. Provided you have a healthy diet, you get enough vitamins and you really don't need the vitamin pills.
Fixing a white tongue
In most cases you can get started yourself to remove the white batter from your tongue. Use a tongue cleaner in any case. Different types and sizes are available. The tongue brushes that also focus on the tissues in the tongue mucosa are often the most successful, such as the soft brush hairs and scraper in one from Orabrush. Where flat cleaners only remove the deposits from the surface of the tongue, Orabrush also wipes the bacteria just below the surface. This is precisely the area where the most bacteria reside. If you also use the Oragel, tongue cleaning becomes even easier. Then protect your tongue against new bacterial attacks during the day. This is possible with the special tongue drops from California Breath.
Use a PH-Neutral mouthwash without any sharp substances
To get rid of a white tongue it is best to take a critical look at what mouthwash and toothpaste you use. The harder a toothpaste or mouthwash sticks, the more you have to ask yourself whether you should use this. Stinging substances such as sodium lauryl sulphate (and alcohol) give you a fresh feeling but disrupt the natural household in your mouth. In this way an attack on the tongue occurs faster. Therefore, opt for a PH-neutral product with active oxygen such as OxyFresh or the American Oxyd8.