Last Modified on Feb 20, 2015
Natural Cures for White Tongue
Cure that white coating on your tongue naturally! Your tongue is probably telling you that you have a candida infection (although it could mean something else). Learn how natural cures can solve your white tongue symptoms. That hairy white coating on your tongue is unpleasant, can give you bad breath and can even make food taste differently. The most important thing to know is that the white coating is a symptom of significant holistic health issues.
What Causes That White Tongue?
- A candida infection, or thrush, is the most likely cause. This is a fungal infection.
- Mild dehydration can lead to an excess of bacteria and dead cells on the tongue.
- Chronic inflammation or infection can reveal their presence with a white tongue.
- Smoking can cause both a white tongue and bad breath.
- Persistent white patches can be a sign of leukoplakia, or precancerous lesions. Have this checked out by a doctor.
Our readers have reported many natural home remedies for getting rid of a white tongue. The top three are salt, glycerin and acidophilus. However, organic apple cider vinegar has also been successful, as well as dietary changes. If the white tongue comes back, that means that the underlying cause still needs to be identified and dealt with.
Mix some salt with water to use as a mouthwash, brush your teeth with the salt or brush your tongue (gently) with the salt. Earth Clinic readers have made this is our No. 1 cure for white tongue. Cheap, safe and effective.
Many glycerin users reported almost instant improvement. They used vegetable glycerin and lightly brushed their tongues with it. Some also reported whiter teeth!
A liquid was said to work the best because it coated the tongue. Probiotics are very helpful for general overall health and certainly worth taking. There's a good chance that the white tongue problem will be cured.
However, if the underlying condition is a stubborn candida infection and the white tongue comes back when treatment is suspended, the candida needs to be addressed more directly. One effective method is colloidal silver swished around the mouth.
There are a number of safe, effective home remedies for treating a white tongue and once again having a healthy, pink tongue. Bad breath problems will probably be taken care of at the same time. Just remember that there could be a number of causes for the condition, so if one treatment doesn't work, try something else.
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[YEA] I suffered from very bad halitosis for 10+ years. I could clear a small room 30 minutes after brushing my teeth. I would get a metallic taste in my mouth, and white tongue coating. I went to several doctors and dentists, ENT's, but they couldn't help.
I started searching on the internet and after years of trial and error, I found a process that keeps it at bay, and ironically I live a much healthier and happier lifestyle now because of my bad breath.
I found out it was candida that was causing the halitosis and I read up on that. There is a ton of info online about the candida diet that I wont go into here. Some people go hard core into it but I made a few changes in my diet and am also aware of things that can cause a candida outbreak. In general I stay away from sugars, alcohol, cigarettes and vinegar.
Now for the products I use. I found that toothpaste that does not have sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) works best because it does not dry my mouth. Also I stay away from alcohol based mouth washes for the same reason.
I carry a travel toothbrush (the ones that fold) and a small tube of toothpaste if I go out at night. I have one in my car and at the office, and I brush after every meal.
I use a sugar free xylitol gum after I brush my teeth to bring some moisture back into my mouth. Xylitol also makes it difficult for the candida to stick to surfaces of your mouth.
This was my system for several years and it was fairly effective but I still knew I had bad breath several times a day and had to go to the bathroom and brush my teeth, then chew xylitol gum. Even then, sometimes it would come right back, requiring 5 or more trips to the bathroom during an evening out and not feeling "kissably confident".
What really brought my confidence back was Acidophilus. At first I took pills, and they helped but the most effective product I have found is a liquid Acidophilus probitic. I think it is because it coats my tongue, and throat. It really, really helps. Probably more than anything else, but its not a cure and won't do it alone.
So now after each meal, I brush my teeth with SLS free toothpaste, use alcohol free mouth wash, then swish 2 table spoons of acidophilus yogurt in my mouth and swallow. If my mouth gets dry I use xylitol gum. I stay away from sugars, alcohol, vinegar and cigarettes, and after 10 years of embarrassment, trial and error I finally have my bad breath under control.
If I don't do the above it comes right back, but my lifestyle is much healthier, and my confidence is SO much higher! It took me many years to refine this system, I can only hope it helps someone else with this dreadful problem.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc