White Tongue Cure

Fermented Foods
Posted by Michael (Chicago, Illinois) on 04/10/2013
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Eating saurkraut (and kimchee) regularly has cleared up my thrush and dry mouth. Start out taking just a little bit and go up to a few tablespoons with each meal. You will see the white coating leaving your mouth right away!

Eliminate Dairy
Posted by Keith (Boulder, Co) on 01/21/2013
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For years I stuggled with white tongue. I tried so many different therapies from this site and others with marginal effect. It appears I found the problem for me... An allergy to dairy. After about a month avoiding dairy I have a healthy pink tongue, no more phlegm in my throat, and a happy outlook. I don't know if this will help anyone, but hopefully it will... there may be nothing that you can put in your body to cure your white tongue, but maybe there's something you can stop putting in your body that will help.

Posted by Charlie (New York) on 05/04/2012
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Yea Thank G-D for this site!!! I have now put some Glycerin (Vegetable Glycerin) on my toothbrush & the white coating went away instantly! The dry mouth sensation is lessening also - AMAZING!!!

Posted by Mark (Denver, Colorado) on 12/11/2011
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I used vegatable glycerin for 3 days and my tongue is completely healed. It was a mess with a heavy white coating. I saw immediate improvement using the glycerin. Just put a few drops on your tooth brush and softly brush your tongue. It tastes great.

Posted by Bowens4 (Canton, Mi) on 01/03/2010
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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.

Posted by Sirsmellybreath (Mentor, Oh) on 03/02/2010
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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

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Shaun (Provo, Utah) on 11/20/2009
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I have not been aware of "white tongue" as a condition until more recently, having it begin to dawn on me. Looking back from late teen years, I kept good oral heigene, but my breath was offensive, and I didn't know how to alleviate it. In later years the tongue became the focus of concern. Will toothpaste break down that white coating on the tongue? No. Somehow I began to find relief by bringing a heaping load of baking soda into my mouth on my toothbrush. I would then press the powder against the roof of my mouth for a while, then brush and rinse it off as well. It was a great help, actually chemically breaking down that white coating. It was so helpful that I began to put baking powder in a small jar and having it with my toothpaste when I travel. I've also gargled with water and some hydrogen peroxide. Salt water is great too, but I want to avoid the table salt containing aluminum, added in as a non-caking agent.

Of interest to those here. There is a "detox" diet, which I tried a few years ago and I believed helped me much in overall health, giving relief to a burdened liver (as the whites of my eyes were jaundiced looking.)

after getting I'll and seeing a very jaundiced look in my eyes, I went ahead and comitted to this Stanley Burough's "Master Cleanser" or lemonade diet. My mother had tried it. One thing you do when on the diet (10 day minimum) is monitor your tongue. Within. Few days on that detox, the tongue become a white shag carpet as the body begins to operate a cellular house cleaning. The tongue indicates the progress. And when do you note you're clean? The tongue turns pink and the white coating is gone.

I did that cleanse diet (a little yellow book at the health food store,) and found that in 30 days I did not get rid of white tongue, which indicates I am still full of toxins, despite all the absolutely vile stuff I hacked up when on the diet. I will begin that diet anew after thanksgiving. Perhaps this round I'll obtain that enviable pink tongue.

When on that diet, I must relate that I only needed 6 hours of sleep a night to feel very rested, nor did I toss and turn. I always awoke and felt bright, easily able to rise from bed. I had energy all day and ambition not evident since my teen years.

One other thing to share, that last time I got sick and jaundiced looking, I took up the free bio-meridian scan offered by Dr Jack Stockwell in SLC on his radio show. They tested me and the technition asked: "what have you done to your lungs? You have done damage to your lungs, you've got scar tissue in your lungs and are loaded in the abdomen with toxins."

Bingo. I was becoming a believer in the scan. My Sr. year of high school I was in a finishing room in the woodshop two hours a day for a few months. It was toxic. The year after I graduated, the fire Marshall condemned the place, forcing a wall to be knocked out and many more exhaust fans installed. My time there resulted in my developing an athsmatic condition, where I just struggled to get air. After a year it seemed this condition left me and I forgot about it until that scan affirmed lung damage and toxins were in my system.

So is that the basis of my white tongue? Will another long 2-3 weeks on the lemonaide diet cleanse me enough to obtain permanantly that white tongue? I shall see.

Thanks for the site and the reading of all these posts dealing with white tongue. It's very informative.

Posted by Sonya (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 04/30/2013
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I followed the advice of David from Boston and it is truly working alongside with I began oil pulling twice a day as well as brushing my teeth with baking soda, sea salt and peroxide. The change happened over nite once I used the probiotic exactly how he explains it. THANKS A MILLION, DAVID!!!!!!

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis of the Tongue
Posted by Kevin (Vancouver, BC) on 07/22/2009

I am an acupunturist. Usually a white tongue or coating mean cold is inside.

Yellow means heat is inside. I know these terms seem a bit out there but using the idea of yin and yang is or cold and hot is more sophisticated than trying to figure out a single cause when the body is an orchestra or functions.

So for a white toungue one would suggest Hot or warming food. For example ginger or cinnamon or cayenne. I would also suggests other tonic herbs like ginseng but only if there is not thick coating. A thick coating means excess or too much and so to build that would make it worse. You need to decrease the thickness. This is done by taking herbs that help to clear dampness usually bitter ones or astringent like orange peel for example.

There is a whole study of toungue coating and colour out there that is foundational to chinese diagnosis. Your toungue is a great indicator of health.

So to recap white toungue means cold so get warm and the toungue will change. Literally and with warming food. DO not eat ice cream or drink cold drinks with a cold tongue.

Milk of Magnesia and Salt
Posted by Taroopher (Brazil) on 11/04/2017
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Hello guys, after years and years dealing with this horrible white coated tongue, I figured out how to manage it a little bit. I have no idea the amount of things I have tried.. It was a very painful process.

After a life of partying, drinking, eating bad stuff, bad sleep and so on, I became sensitive to white coated tongue and acne. 7 years ago, I went to a doctor.. and he said it might be b12 deficiency.. I took b12 and nothing happened, then the doctor said it was just a case of geographic tongue. I was frustrated that I couldn't find a solution for that and then I purchased a book about geographic tongue, but the information there was about sleeping with nystatin powder in the tongue, and taking a antibiotic called flagyl. Well, here in Brazil we don't have nystatin powder, so I became literally the entire day holding that liquid on the mouth for days, and taking huge amounts.. The tongue didn't even improve a bit. Then the complications became very bad and with my stomach problems, I had to do a stomach surgery that I couldn't eat for 15 days, just jelly with sugar and water. Amanzingly, my tongue was pink for the first time in 5 years, but as soon as I started eating again, I got the white tongue again..

Very well.. few years passed and I experimented with a lot.. lots of frustration, and I tried brushing with salt.. a lot of the white came off, but did not solve the problem. Turns out that the salt exfoliates tongue, so it helps A LOT, but at some point, the white stuff didn't come off anymore and kept there. Then I read here in earthclinic in the Thrush page that people were using Milk of Magnesia. I hold The Milk of Magnesia the ENTIRE DAY, like 16 hours, and then in the intervals, I brushed my tongue every 3 hours with salt. Then BOOM, this was the secret, the Milk Of Magnesia softens the white stuff and the salt exfoliates it. This is the perfect combination, and nothing else than that helps for me.

Trust me, I tried colloidal silver, MMS, probiotics, holding everything I read above my tongue.. Pau Darco teas and so on.

I found that If I eat certain things like a VERY unbalanced meal like just Carbs, or just Fat, it was a matter of time before I feel upset stomach and white tongue.

Stress is also a trigger.
Alcohol is a trigger

And, incredibly, orgasm is a trigger (I'm male). According to my research, people say a lot that when they have acne, their tongue is also always white. When fapping, it releases a lot of hormones, creating acne and guess what.. white tongue..

The trick I told before is only for removing the SYMPTOM, and not treating the illness.

I also tried 7 capsules of betaine HCL with each meal, enzymes, you name it.. never worked.
So basically my life is being stress free, balanced meals always, milk of magnesia and salt for oral care, being pretty much a monk (no sex/no orgasm).

But hey.. I'm just sharing my experience. I still trying to find out a real CURE for this. I want to have a girlfriend and be able to eat things like a avocado smoothie again, or eating an omellete without knowing that I will have this white tongue. I hope I give ou guys some ideas to test..

Posted by Harry (Salvador, Brazil) on 10/19/2014
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Honey for white coated tongue: Let honey sit in your tongue for 5 minuts. Then brush your tongue with honey. It instantly gets pink. But it's not treating the root cause...

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/09/2013

Coconut oil... Brush teeth with it plus a little baking soda added.... Eat it in diet or just put a blob in your mouth before bed... and spit in trash in morning.... whitens teeth/ sweetens breath/ kill bacteria/ and makes tongue healthy shade of red

Posted by Ann (Basalt, Colorado) on 12/05/2011
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Got my USP Glycerin today, used it on my tongue 3 times before 10 PM, and no more white tongue. Now we'll see how long it lasts. Glycerin tastes good, and I swallow it. Tried the hydrogen peroxide and it did not work - also made my tongue sore.

Posted by Fred (San Diego, California) on 08/21/2009
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Remedy: Probiotics

I had a white coating on my tongue for a long time. The salt remedy didn't work for me (it made the coating orange). After doing research on the web I tried this, and it worked in ONE DAY:

I took a large spoon and filled it half full of water. I opened one of my probiotics (commonly called "acidophilus") capsules, and poured a small amount of the powder into the water. I used very little, only about half the size of a pencil eraser. I rocked the spoon back and forth to get all of the powder wet. After brushing my teeth and right before going to bed, I swallowed the contents of the spoon. That's it!

The next day my tongue coating was better, and doing it a few more nights made an incredible difference. You don't have to wait weeks or months to see if this works for you. I didn't scrape my tongue or do anything else special, though I do think that limiting your sugar intake is beneficial.

My probiotics have two bacterial strains: L acidophilus and B. lactis (also known as B. infantis), and it is quite concentrated at 15 billion organisms per capsule. I'm guessing that any good probiotic would work, but have only tried mine.

Posted by Maria (New York, New York) on 05/05/2009
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I just tried the salt remedy and by go lie it worked liked a charm. I gargled with sea salt and water twice and then grinded the salt onto my brush and cleaned my tongue 3 times than gargled again. Tip for those that are having trouble reaching the back of your tongue, there is a round brush I use that is made specifically for cleaning the tongue and can be found at your local chain store it has a round head and a small hole in the middle, looks like a mini doughnut on a stick is the best way to describe it, it should be in the toothbrush isle. Well with this brush I was able to reach the back of my tongue with no problem.

Posted by Lyn (Perryopolis, PA) on 03/13/2009
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white coating on tongue: I just tried the salt...it did work. I read it is a sign of an acidic pH in the body...I just experienced a bout of diverticulitos and from what I've learned so far...the acidic pH is the cause of all gastro intestinal ailments which include: IBS, Gastritis, Diverticulitos, Crohns, Colitus and many other ailments from Rheumatoid arthritis to Leukemia (Cancer Cells like bacteria will only thrive in an acidic enviroment) I suggest everyone who has a white coating on tongue to (which no matter what you've tried and had success with...it will return) Google acidic body pH levels.

Posted by Ron (Fairfax, Virginia) on 02/19/2009
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I must say that I have never replied to a website like this because I normally don't believe a lot of things people post like this Butttt.... I went ahead and tried what I was reading from 19 out of 21 people having a positive response. Now I'm posting and responding to all of you who had positive results and I have to say "THANKS to all of you" It really did work for me as you all stated.

The salt did have a burning or stinging sensation but fighting through it paid off big times. The gargling with salt water first a 1/2 cup of warm water adding a Tbl spoon of sea salt, spiting it out. Second covered my tongue with the sea salt letting it stay for about 5 minutes and Third brushing tongue several times over with the sea salt and wonders happen to my tongue, (Pinkness) I did brushed and added the Baking soda, sea salt and rinsing with the Hydrogen Peroxide for a fourth time. WOW!!! I kept on looking in the mirror AMAZED with the results! IT REALLY WORKED!(Cure A White Coating on the Tongue)

Peppermint Oil
Posted by Amy (Anytown, Oh, Usa) on 09/30/2011
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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.

Milk of Magnesia and Salt
Posted by Daniel (Texas) on 05/19/2018

Your situation sounds very similar to mine. I think it is the stress and after I eat I get stomach gas and seems to irritate my tongue. Also, just being physical at work really dries out my mouth and make it worse. It used to come and go, but now it never goes..lol. Ive tried everything! At this moment I am trying to make my own kefir, I take adrenal active(for adrenal fatigue due to chronic stress), garlic pills and Omega 3. Just started on all this a week ago. Salt used to work a bit, but now it seems not to. It seems the papillae themselves are a bit long and white.

Probiotics, Glycerin, Coconut Oil
Posted by Lilli (Wa, Usa) on 11/02/2015 13 posts
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After moving to a new area, I noticed that my tongue became coated. It got to the point that the surface was rough and my tongue seemed swollen. After a few more days, my tongue was becoming numb in the center. I decided to give some of these remedies a try and here's what worked best:

1. I buy refrigerated probiotics (blend of Lactobacillus rhamnosus & Lactobacillus acidophilus). Open one capsule and use a soft tooth brush to gently rub the powdered contents onto your tongue. Then just leave it on as long as you can and swallow the rest. It's a good idea to take a daily capsule as well internally.

2. I bought organic, food grade vegetable glycerin. Place a few drops on your tongue and rub it in. Allow it to stay on your tongue - it is also safe to swallow.

3. Use virgin, organic, cold expeller pressed coconut oil.. I've been using it for oil pulling for years. Just take a small teaspoon of the c.o. and let it melt on your tongue.

I used all three methods about an hour or two before bed time. It started working before I went to bed. The next morning, the numbness and swollen feeling were gone and the pink color is returning to my tongue.

Posted by Claire E. (Ca) on 10/12/2015
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For years I tried to get the thick coating to leave my tongue. Now I have just the finest film left. I started (probiotics). Read the label for a min. of six to ten strains and a min. of 3 billion to 30 billion cultures. Good luck.

Posted by Fabio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on 02/20/2015
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Chlorhexidine cured my white coated tongue. My doctor prescribed Chlorhexidine 10% mixed with water as a mouthwash. Many people says that white coated tongue is only candida. But I don't belive in that. I believe that it includes bacteria as well. So chlorhexidine kills all of them. It's extremely powerful and hurts the tongue. But you can already feel the difference in the day after. I tried EVERYTHING you can imagine, and belive me, glycerin will help just for 1 day, honey just for 1 day, and so. It's not solving anything. What will solve it is killing this pathogens. What helped: chlorhexidine, low carb diet, cultured vegetables (book: body ecology diet), brushing the tongue after EVERY meal, so the sugar does not stay much longer in the tongue offering food to pathogens.

Posted by Marianyeliz (Staten Island, Ny) on 12/31/2014

I have the same exact problem you had, for 10 yrs. As far I understand candida has to do with your immune system. You need to boost it up. Best way to keep your symptoms eliminate from the root. What diet, workout, you do and how often ? Does your bb come back?

Posted by Andrea C (Cardiff , Wales ) on 07/20/2013

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

Posted by 1947hoppy (Winamac, In Usa) on 04/15/2014

It is my understanding that "white tongue", also referred to as Thrush, is a sign of candida yeast. Acidophilus can be used to treat it, and is found in most any decent yogurt that's available. Just read the label. The acidophilus will also help keep your digestive system functioning properly. If this doesn't work, I might suggest doing a little internet research on the use of "grapefruit seed extract" to eliminate thrush, or any other yeast infections. Just make sure to do the research before using. It's amazing stuff when used properly. It can be purchased at many health food stores in the US and also online.

Posted by Davae (La) on 01/28/2014

Detox go on anti-candida diet better yet consider a serious detox by green juicing go on the Gerson Diet and get colonics . Also get checked for hidden cavities or infections in the mouth or throat . Take mega probiotics to get the right flora growing, drink lots of water and get on clean vegetarian diet for while and see how you feel.

Posted by Marianyeliz (United States) on 12/31/2014

Ultra flora probiotic 50 billion, fiber food, snacks, breakfast, vegetables, fruit, smoothy fruits. Vitamic C 1500 ml. And others. ?. Workout 3 to 5 days a week. AND HAVE PATIENCE. Brush, floss

Im dental receptionist, I suffer from that symptoms.

Eliminate Dairy
Posted by Tom (Spain) on 12/06/2016

For years I have had a slight coating on the toungue which remained even after scraping. It was as if the taste buds were a pinkish white rather than pink. Also, I had mild discomfort in different areas of the abdomen for about 5 years. After recording what I was eating in a simple diary for about 4 weeks, I concluded that dairy products, red wine and bananas was causing the stomach discomfort. Upon eliminating these foods for a couple of months, I noticed that my tongue became much cleaner and I no longer have any noticeable abdomen pain. It may seem trivial, but the food diary really worked for me - hope it works for you.

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