Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Chinese Medicine Diagnosis of the Tongue
- Dietary Suggestions
- Eliminate Dairy
- Fermented Foods
- General Feedback
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Sea Salt
- Lie Bumps
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Peppermint Oil
- Red Wine
- Remedies Needed
- Toothpaste Without Chemicals
- White Tongue Remedies
Oil Pulling Treatment for a White Tongue
Before brushing your teeth - and with an empty stomach - take one Tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around for 10-20 minutes until the oil has turned milky white. Afterwards, spit all of it out. Almost any food oil will do, but sesame and sunflower oils are traditional to this Ayurvedic remedy and the most popular.
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] email@example.com from Minneapolis, Minnesota: "I found this site because I was searching for a rememdy for the whiteness on my tounge. I struggled with the idea of OP for about a week and decided to do it. The first time I did it I did it for 20 minutes, but immediatly noticed my tounge was nice and pink again. The second day and beyond (now on my 5th day), i got a cold sore which I get very infrequently,and I also would get weird headaches too, so I hope it is s good sign. It is one of the worst cold sores I have ever had BTW, and I also felt real sick for a little while and sluggish.It almost feels like things are trying to leave my body. I am going to keep it up and see what develops, and will post my results later."Replies
06/21/2009: chris from shreveport, la/usa replies: "it sounds like you are having a healing crisis. which means your body is detoxing. congrats!"
06/09/2011: Sophia from Hoffman Estates, Illinois replies: "I'm not trying to be rude but your cold sore sounds coincidental to your tongue issue. Due to your symptoms of sluggishness, headache, and feeling lousy, along with the cold sore, it unfortunately sounds like herpes type 1. You should see a doctor."
01/28/2013: Maximac from Trussville, Alabama, USA replies: "Sounds like you're having die off effects of probable candida overgrowth. I've experienced that as well. We'll say "good riddance!""
[YEA] 05/12/2008: Angie from Sparta, Missouri: "re: Recurring sore on gums and white tongue... For 2-3 years I have had a recurring sore on my gum that would not go away and plus a lot of white build up on my tongue. towards the end of last year I started using 1 drop of certified organic peppermint oil on my toothbrush that I bought from ebay 1-2 times a day. since then my tongue is pink, no more white buildup and the sore is almost gone. I hope this helps someone out. I really believe the key is using organic peppermint oil."Replies
[YEA] 09/30/2011: Amy from Anytown, Oh, Usa replies: "Tried brushing with the peppermint essential oil tonight and it worked like a charm. I have now woken up after a long night's sleep and still have a pink tongue, so it seems to have some staying power."
[YEA] 03/02/2008: John from Richmond, VA: "Pineapple helped to get rid of my white tongue. I'm not sure why, I think it has an enzyme or chemical in it that causes the tongue coating to dissolve. Eat at least a couple of bites once or twice a day. This helps, but is not enough alone. The proper oral routine is necessary too. I found that brushing twice a day with a sls-free toothpaste allowed my tongue to shed normally and remain pink and healthy, which wouldn't happen with regular toothpaste. And don't use mouthwash or brush or scrape your tongue. Oil pulling once a day will help as well."Replies
11/11/2008: Jen from Nashville, TN replies: "Hi, I was just reading your remedies for a white coating on the tongue and I don't know what you mean by "oil pulling". Could someone please explain this process?? Thanks for your help!"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 02/23/2009: Juan de la Cruz from Manila, Philippines replies: "Yes, eating pineapple worked for me, but it has to be raw (sour). In that case, I would put a little salt in it to taste. But this is just a temporary solution because the white coating usually returns the next day or two.
I always use a tongue cleaner, then brush my tongue with ALOE VERA toothpaste which is sold by Forever Living (5 US dollars, approximately). Then, I discovered a cheaper ALOE VERA toothpaste with almost the same quality (1 US dollar). I also had a coworker with slight bad breath and I gave him the cheaper ALOE VERA toothpaste. I noticed that every time he uses that, his bad breath is gone. But every time he used an ordinary toothpaste of whatever brand, his bad breath returns."
02/23/2009: Karen from Randolph, New Jersey replies: "I also had this problem, white tongue, which I presume is thrush (yeast infection). I got rid of it by brushing and flossing twice a day with baking soda, followed by hydrogen peroxide rinse.
I also stopped eating sugar completely, and drank a glass of buttermilk every day. This took about two weeks to a month to work,(don't quite remember, it was years ago); you have to be persistent. If I even took one bit of something sugary or sweet, it would come right back.
Pau d'arco tea works well if you drink it once a day. [You have to boil the tea, not just steep it in hot water. ]
[YEA] 02/28/2010: Rudi from Hong Kong: "I have always had a thick white coating on my tongue. While drinking a few glasses of red wine (i think very cheap and bad quality as the taste was very sour and it came from China) i felt some tinkling on my tongue and a bit burning. The tinkling was as if small blisters burst open. The next day the white coating was dark purple from the wine, and after brushing the colour was still here. One or two days later i looked at my tongue and it was pink! Never seen this in my life before, and not justa little pink. But fresh, smooth, clean, the best and nicest tongue i have ever seen. Like photoshopped!
Now after 9 weeks it is coming back a little but, not too much. I wish i could find that wine again!
Anybody here has an idea about what in this red wine might have caused this amazing result?"
07/09/2013: Subhaan from Ahmedabad, India: "Hey please give me sone tips to cure the white coating of tongue pls help I am doing this for my mom pls!!"Replies
07/09/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Try a blob of coconut oil in the mouth at bedtime... May cause a sore throat at first as it kicks out bacteria."
07/10/2013: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Sbhaan, Let your mother have 1/8 teaspoon of Borax and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter of water for five days. Give a break for two days and then again repeat for five days. See, if she gets relief. Good luck. Baldev"
07/10/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Subhaan, Try fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, kimchi & beet kvass which contain probiotics, on the net it tells you how to make it. It is working for me, so give it a try, Nothing to lose."
07/10/2013: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Subhaan, Has your mother been diagnosed with oral thrush? An MD or dentist could confirm if the white coating is oral thrush, which is candida caused by a yeast infection. You can google "oral thrush" and you'll see a Web MD site that explains cause and symptoms to give you a clue. My mother once had such an infection and we easily eradicated it: Simply had her hold two tablespoons of colloidal silver in her mount for a minute and spit out. Repeat twice. Next two days the same thing. After the third day the thrush was gone... Completely. I also had her drink a tablespoon of the silver twice a day apart from the time when she held the silver in her mouth. She would take silver solution four or five times weekly to kill the fungus in her body. The infection probably was caused from medications she was taking. Never had a problem with fungus again."
10/12/2011: Kevdood1983 from Providence, Ri: "Hello, If anyone can help me get rid of this hairy tongue condition I have developed it would make a world of difference. I have tried everything, and nothing has helped for the last 6 months.
It all started 6 months ago when I was on an antibiotic (metronidazole) for 1 week. The antibiotic did its job, but caused this "hairy tongue" side effect that seems permanent. My tongue looks like it has a white coating of thousands of elongate papillae. These papillae act like a sponge to trap all bacteria and food particles. It is a huge pain to clean my tongue after every meal with a tongue scraper. It causes me bad breath, and is just plain un-sightly. I am also in pain because I have to scrub 3 times a day to keep my tongue clean and it has become permanently sore from all the scraping.
My DR started by giving me Nystatin mouth solution because he incorrectly diagnosed it as "thrush. " And has since said its not thrush its "hairy tongue" a condition for which he had no cure. He referred me to a dentist.
The dentist did not have any treatment for me either. He just said "use a tongue scraper to slough-off the elongated papilae. " (which I am already doing for 6 months.... to no avail.)
SO here I am. Stuck with a hairy tongue and no cure. I have tried;
-Tongue scraper daily
-Diluted 1/5 hydrogen peroxide/water mouthwash
-Various antimicrobial/antibacterial mouthwashes
-Taking oral-probiotic dissolving lozenges daily for 1 month.
-Eating probitic yogurt to establish oral bacteria.
NOTHING has worked. If anyone knows a cure will literally kiss your feet with my hairy tongue. This condition has me horribly depressed, and has ruined my quality of life. I hate how my tongue looks, and I hate cleaning it.
It has gotten to point where I don't even care about things I used to enjoy.
Please help. Anyone please.
10/12/2011: Lisa from Kenosha, Wi replies: "Try brushing with baking soda. It will probably only be a temporary solution though."
10/12/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Kevin, try iodine. From the linked article:
Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds, its use as an antibiotic has been ignored. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and protozoa. Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.
Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time - Dr. David Derry
Dr. Derry says that iodine is effective "for standard pathogens such as Staphylococcus, but also iodine has the broadest range of action, fewest side effects and no development of bacterial resistance. " There is a world of difference between using an antibiotic anti-life substance and an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal substance like iodine, which is life serving because it is a basic and most necessary nutritional substance.
Research iodine and its "companion nutrients" and take it every day.
10/13/2011: Pathabd from New Orleans, La replies: "Have you tried potassium iodine? Or Healix?"
10/13/2011: Kevdood1983 from Providence, Ri replies: "Thanks for the replies guys, No I have not tried Iodine.
What type of Iodine should I purchase?
I Googled it and can't decide between Lugols Iodine 2% oral solution, or Potassium Iodide. Is there a difference between the two? Is one better than the other? I would have to order the Lugols solution on-line. They have Potasium Iodide at my local vitamin shoppe for $5US.
Please advise on what to purchase..
10/13/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Lugols is better: it is made up of Potassium Iodide, Iodine and water. You can buy 5% solution online. Iodine and iodide are different.
If you buy the 2% lugols solution it just means it has about 1/2 the strength."
10/14/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I would also do a thorough research on iodine. If you have the problem on your tongue you probably have a wider issue in the body.
Iodine taken internally needs "companion nutrients" taken together with it for it to work properly. Also many people have a "detox" from the bromide and other toxins in the body as they are stirred up.
I implore everyone to research online as much as possible before taking the iodine. Dr. Brownstein who who has written a great book on iodine and has some great videos online. "
10/14/2011: Kevdood1983 from Providence, Ri replies: "Yes I purchased a multi-vitamin which contains; Vitamin C, Magnesium, Selenium, Niacin, and B2. (among other things)
I intend to take 2-3 drop of Lugols 2% solution mixed in a cup of water every morning with the mult-vitamin. (right after breakfast to avoid upset stomach.)"
10/14/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Kevdood, I don't think you will get enough of the companion nutrients in your multivitamin.
I found a vitamin protocol which has been used with Breast cancer patients but it relates to any iodine use. The Drs who devised it have used the protocol on over 4,000 patients with success.
It sets out how much of each companion nutrient you will need and how to take it.
Some people on iodine may get some side effects as the Bromide and other toxins are starting to move around. The link also sets out to to alleviate the detox symptoms. I am finding I am getting a headache from the Bromide detox so I am having to use the salt therapy. I also am getting a metalic taste in the mouth.
I would think that your symptoms would go further than just your tongue. It may be a body wide issue.
Curezone.com has an excellent forum on iodine supplementation as well. Definitely worth reading and asking more questions there.
05/07/2012: Marcat from Gloucester, Va replies: "Kevdood, I was also on Metronidazole and shortly after I had noticed that I had a white furry tongue. The Doctor diagnosed it as Oral Thrush. I went back to the Doctor 3 additional times.. The medicine they kept prescribing did not work. Finally the Doctor told me to go to the Dentist, that they didn't have the means necessary to help me anymore. I went to the Dentist and he didn't have any treatment options. I was told that it could be a yeast infection, geographic tongue, from any auto-immune viruses, or any vitamin deficiencies. I really have lost interest in so much due to this issue. I feel slightly relieved that I am not alone. Have you found any relief?"
10/15/2013: Kuldeep from Los Angles, California replies: "It is an answer to Kevdood1983 who has got hairy tounge. Before you start your treatment first find out the cause. Why hair are growing on the tounge? I think may be it is the imbalance of the hormones, or your diet. Reduce sugar, carbohydrates from your diet. Eat cayenne pepper, take collodiol silver(wrong spelling). Do breathing exercise and your problem will be solved. Face the problem don't get depressed, God is with you."
09/04/2011: Varun from Gurgaon, Haryana: "I have a white coating on tongue from a last 9 months. I tried drink more water for a week but still available. Could you please suggest me how to get rid of this problem."Replies
10/14/2011: Darlene from Otto, Nc, Usa replies: "Varun, Try liquid glycerin... I make my own tooth powder (baking soda, sea salt, borax, a few drops of peppermint oil) spray my toothbrush with H202 and dip in the tooth powder mix and brush my teeth; afterwards, I take a mouthful of glycerin and slosh in mouth, use my tongue to coat the teeth, then swallow the remaining glyerin. My mouth feels really fresh, and my tongue turns a beautiful pink.
If I want to freshen my breath throughout the day, I just take a little sip of the glycerin, and instant refreshment, with a nice pink tongue."
10/15/2011: Darlene from Otto, Nc, Usa replies: "I have been doing more research, and have read that glycern... Although good for getting rid of fungus, white tongue and bad breath... may not be so good for the teeth; supposedly it can coat the teeth and interfere with the re-mineralization of calcium that is in the saliva.
Thus, it is probably not good to rub glycerin on the teeth, but just sip enough to coat the tongue."
04/13/2009: Fouad from Beirut, LEBANON: "Dear Sirs. I was facing a problem since one year or more and I tried so many ways to solve this problem but I couldn't. but the problem began when I faced a problem with swallowing I began to take many kind of antibiotics then the problem began. then I got
1 white tongue
2 always I feel that I need to drink water
3 everything I eat it taste like lemonade in my mouth
and so many symptoms please I need a solution because all this made me crazy. If you please can you send the soluton to my mails"
EC: You might find some helpful remedies here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/mouth_acid.html
or here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/mouth_acid_questions.html
04/22/2009: Terry from Nairobi, Kenya replies: "I have read about cleaning the white coating of the tongue am impressed that there are many people out there trying to find solution when the medical fratanity gave up long ago. I have used glycerin plus aloe vera which have helped with my breath alot. I will try the salt and see if it works keep up your suggestions its really helping and if someone comes with a permanent solution that will be great."
05/02/2011: Nancer from Kansas City, Mo replies: "For about 10 days now I have been rinsing my mouth with peroxide after I brush my teeth to get the build up off my teeth. I swish it around for like 5 minutes, then spit it out. I am very careful not to swallow any, and I always rinse out my mouth afterwards. But now I have a terrible taste in my mouth and a white coating on my tongue, which I did not have until I started this. Is the peroxide causing this?"
05/04/2011: Kathleen from Columbus, Ohio replies: "My dentist recommended rinsing with hydrogen peroxide but ONLY if it's diluted by approximately 50/50 with water. She said that it's too harsh when used straight for a rinse. I tried this and it's much better."
[YEA] 07/27/2011: Fastinghelps from Los Angeles, Ca, Us replies: "I think cleansing from the inside is a must. I do fast 2X a year and it helps with the coated tongue bc it cleanses your insides, your liver, gets rid of toxins, candida, etc. I use a tongue scraper every morning when I fast and also do neti pot if needed. Drink lots of water, especially with lemon juice in it. No sugar! No white carbs. Oatmeal creates mucus so does buckwheat so limit, no dairy! Apple cider vinegar helps dissolve mucus so add a tbs in a glass or water or juice and sip.. Grapefuit helps with mucus and candida too. I believe that if you do all that and give it time, your tongue will be pink, and not just temporarily."
Salt for a White Tongue
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Salt (Sea Salt or Kosher Salt)
Take sea salt or kosher salt and use salt water as a mouthwash. For tough cases, you can follow this treatment up by placing salt directly on your tongue and holding it there for a few minutes before spitting it out. Or put salt on your toothbrush and brush your tongue with it.
[YEA] 11/07/2013: Bemo from Fresno Ca: "Mine was definitely from dehydration, weakened immune system, and I was on a long fast, never heard of White Tongue in my 53 years.
So I jumped on the computer and right away somebody wants to sell me something Trust the polls on this one SALT one treatment was all it took, I put it directly on my tongue and brushed lightly for about two minutes."
[YEA] 07/17/2013: Cynthia from Galveston, Texas: "I have used the salt remedy and its working slowly but surely. I just got done using it and more of the white stuff is gone. I'm gonna do the salt remedy everyday until my tongues is spotless thanks."Replies
07/20/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff , Wales replies: "A white tongue is a sign of being toxic. I know, believe me xxxx I was in The Lion's Den hospital. They looked at my white tongue and told me, "You're dehydrated." I was drinking 2 Gallons of WATER a day??? BLEH!!! They don't know what their on about, Man! It is a sign of being toxic. Love Andrea C"
07/20/2013: Om from Hope Bc, Canada replies: "Yes, you are dehydrated. Visit the watercure online and you will find out. Celtic sea salt is needed to keep your body hydrated. Otherwise you allow your body to be leached of vitamins and minerals. That is the beginning of many diseases. Our medical system profits from it.
[YEA] 09/17/2013: Jerry from Wi replies: "Was skeptical just tried it and it works!! Just placed salt on my tongue for about 30 seconds and brushed."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/30/2011: Wayne from Corby, Northamptonshire: "I have tried doing this with table salt and seen a difference but still not perfection pink colour but I'm chuffed at how well it's made a difference, but I'm sure I did something wrong like the salt on the tongue I only had on for around 1 min because I was literally about to be sick, but nonetheless I'm about to do again thanks so much!"
[YEA] 01/03/2010: Bowens4 from Canton, Mi: "I just used the salt cure for white tongue. I used regular table salt for lack of sea salt. It worked great !! All skeptics, please try this remedy. It truly works. Thanks to all who provided a response. This is my first time ever providing a response because I am so pleased white the positive result. A pink tongue after brushing constantly with no results. use the salt, it again, works immediately."Replies
01/14/2010: Arp from Burlington, Vermont replies: "Table salt is dangerous and should be considered poisonous. Try using kosher salt or sea salt ;)"
02/28/2010: Sirsmellybreath from Mentor, Ohio, Usa replies: "I have had a white coating...shag rug to be more accurate, for most of my life (I'm mid 40's). I just thought it was normal. I tried this salt cure...and dang...my tongue looks SO much better. I didn't really measure..just made a paste for my toothbrush..kept in on for 4 minutes then brushed a few more times. I'm so embarrassed that I have been blasting people with my nasty breath for so many years when such an easy cure was available. I'm going to try Lactobacillus supplements to prevent reoccurence."
[NAY] 03/02/2010: Sirsmellybreath from Mentor, Oh replies: "I'm changing my vote to nea. Yes, it does work...temporarily. My coating started returning in 2 days despite cleaning the tongue twice a day. Leaving baking soda on the tongue for a few minutes then brushing also removes the coating and without the dangers of salt. Salt can burn and even permenantly damage the tongue. I'm sure you can safely use baking soda several times a week without a problem"
03/04/2010: Ravanshe from Chicago, Il, United States replies: "Hey - have a couple questions I was hoping somebody could answer. What is the exact "recipe" for the salt method and is there anybody who could provide some feedback on its effectiveness in the long term? Is this a once daily type thing, is there any method that people have had good results with that lasts? Also, where does one get glycerin and how is it supposed to be used?
Thanks so much!"
04/04/2011: Marvin from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Strangely, I have a white coating on the walls of my mouth, especially where the teeth join. I also have a white tongue and sometimes even the roof of my mouth turns white. I also have little red dots on my tongue and sometimes my tongue looks almost hairy. I recently found out that if I go through a whole pack of Lofthouse's Fisherman's Friend Lozenges, by the end of the day the white coating is gone and all that is left is the little red dots. I just bough two more packs and am going to go through them both over the next two days to see if I can get rid of this for good. I'm also going to rinse with salt water in the hopes of getting rid of bacteria."
[NAY] 10/06/2009: Rogers from San Mateo, Ca: "I was so excited to try the salt remedy that everyone here mentioned to cure by white tongue, but I'm afraid it did not work...at all. I did the rinsing with sea salt, then sprinkled salt on my tongue and let it sit there for five minutes, then three times brushed my tongue with a sea salt/water paste, and it did nothing to remove the whiteness on my tongue and make it any pinker."Replies
10/06/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Why don't you give hydrogen peroxide a try. Go on that page and read the feedback about swishing it in your mouth. You can use 3% full strength. When I do it, I do it while I'm showering and hold it in my mouth for probably about a minute. It whitens the teeth, cleans the breath, kills bacteria and your tongue becomes nice and pink. Check it out. Lisa"
[YEA] 07/17/2009: HillaryAnne from Tulsa, Oklahoma: "Salt cure for white coating on the tongue... I only noticed that I had this issue last week when a friend asked if I had eaten a banana or something. I decided to google and stumbled onto this site. I brushed with some salt and saw improvement and then read more. I coated my whole tongue with it and kept it on as long as possible (about four minutes). Worked like a charm. I am really delighted. But if you rinse with peroxide it will look like it came back for a minute lol."Replies
01/29/2010: Help Me from Quezon City, Manila, Philippines replies: "helo YEA.. i really like your posts.. (though i dont try one yet) .. it sounds effective.. may i ask you how to effectively remove white coating on tongue? i look closely in the mirror while brushing and i notice that the white coating in my tongue has ahhh,, well i cant spell it in english.. but pieces of white particles.. it looks awful.. and minutes after i brush.. breathe goes bad again.. for the last 2 weeks ive been brushing my tongue roughly.. it even bleeds 3 times but i ignored it just to remove this awful coating.. but its very tight and i think i cant remove it with just the way i am trying. so i think i need suggestions of the experienced.. And also dieting and not eating sugarly foods makes your tongue pink? is it true? please HELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPP MEEEEEEE !!! :("
[YEA] 05/19/2009: Michelle from Warwick, Warwickshire, UK: "Cure A White Coating on the Tongue:
Never felt compelled to leave feedback on a website before but was so impressed by how quickly salt worked ridding my tongue of its horrid white coating, I just had to! Saw this posted, and as it was such a cheap and easy remedy I thought should give it a go. Unfortunately the experience of spreading around 1/2 teaspoon salt on my tongue wasn't pleasant (could barely stop mysef from gagging) but after gargling with salt water, then brushing salt on my tongue with a toothbrush, it was gone! A normal healthy looking pink tongue at last! And long may it last.."Replies
[YEA] 05/21/2009: Kevin from Temecula, Ca replies: "Work amazingly!! regular table salt will do! put it on my tongue for about 40 seconds, then brushed with salt on my toothbruush three times and boom, most of the white coat was gone!! great remedy!! im excited!"