White Tongue Cure

Undecylenic Acid
Posted by Val (Seattle, WA) on 02/08/2022
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Undecylenic acid

I've had a white tongue for most of my life. Along with 100 other symptoms that no doctor could figure out the orgin of. I just realised most, if not all of my symptoms are from candida. I spent years scrubbing my tongue with salt, but now I have a new solution. If you break a capsule of undecylenic acid in your mouth the white completely disappears. It only took a day for me to have the pinkest tongue after I tried this. Of course, the cause of your white tongue would need to be candida for this to actually work.

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 Jerry (Wi) on 09/17/2013
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Was skeptical just tried it and it works!! Just placed salt on my tongue for about 30 seconds and brushed.

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

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 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 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.

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!!!!!!

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.

Peppermint Oil
Posted by Angie (Sparta, Missouri) on 05/12/2008
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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.

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..

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.

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 Bemo (Fresno Ca) on 11/07/2013
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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.

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.

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.

Lie Bumps
Posted by Anonymosaurus Rex (Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead) on 08/30/2012

Lie bumps or pimples on the tongue are almost completely overlooked in the medical profession. They are known as either eruptive lingual papillitis or fungiform papillary glossitis. There is one study indicating that lie bumps may be contagious, but there is also some evidence that it can be caused by irritation and minor damage to the tongue. People who have eczema, asthma or other allergies are more likely to suffer from lie bumps.

I have asthma and allergies, and in my experience with lie bumps I have gotten them from scraping my tongue on my teeth (for example, if there is food stuck in my teeth) quite often. I also experienced oral thrush once in my life due to being extremely run down. I was also dating a person who was rather yeasty at the time, as well. While I had oral thrush I had many painful lie bumps on my tongue. This may seem to back up the idea that lie bumps are contagious, but that I had lie bumps for on occasions many years before this it would seem that I caught it a long time before then or that it is something else.

I have noticed that if I eat more sugar, I will get lie bumps more regularly. In my opinion, sugar, thrush, and all-too-often tongue abrasions along it seems as though lie bumps are opportunistic yeast outbreaks that take root in any small nick or scrap in the tongue, provided that your oral condition are favourable for any yeastie-beasties.

You need to avoid high levels of carbohydrates in your mouth, or at least keep it to the shortest amount of time. This means you need to:
- reduce your sugar intake
- chew your food well
- drink water, rinse or brush after eating (if you have eaten something acidic, leave the brushing for a bit to save damaging the enamel on your teeth)
- avoid sticky high sugar foods, like toffee

You also need to ensure that your mouth is alkaline enough to prevent/inhibit the growth of yeast. Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks, such as cola.

My advice to someone suffering from lie bumps is to take the above advice on lifestyle and diet, and to look into the symptoms of systemic candida overgrowth as it is likely that the lie bumps are just one symptom of a bigger problem.

If you want to get rid of a current outbreak of lie bumps, I would recommend you try:

- applying a small amount of salt directly on to the bump and leaving it as long as possible
- avoid rubbing the bump on teeth as much as possible
- gargle a drop or two of an antifungal essential oil in warm water (oregano, tea tree, lavender, mint, cinnamon, thyme, clove...
- gargle salt water or iodine in water
- gargle some cayenne pepper (if you can handle it)
- swishing live-culture yoghurt in your mouth
- brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day, and rinse after eating any food

Try applying salt, gargling 1-2 times a day, swishing yoghurt and brushing and rinsing your mouth frequently.

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 Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 09/02/2012

Hi Carly, I personally would not use glycerin in my mouth. I suppose if you want to use it for your tongue, keep it isolated to that only and then rinse. When I was doing research on natural care for the teeth and re-mineralizing tooth enamel, it was emphasized not to use glycerin which is in almost all toothpaste. What it does is coat the teeth and the saliva cannot reach them to re-mineralize and heal the teeth. Anyway, just a thought, Lisa

Posted by Alva (Nashua, Nh Usa) on 03/27/2012
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Wow I just tried glycerin after I saw this thread & it works instantly. I will post back in another couple days see if it comes back. Thank you so much everyone!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Sea Salt
Posted by Henry Poole (Wisconsin, Minnesota) on 04/07/2011

Brushed the tongue with seasalt which removed the white coating on the back on the tongue, but a grey/white patch remained in the center of the tongue with elongated white lesions in front of the patch.

The tongue was pulled forward with a wash cloth and the patch cotton swabbed with 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide over a periode of 5 days. The pain was excruciating. Layer after layer came off the tongue. The tongue looks swollen but clean now.

Posted by Ravanshe (Chicago, Il, United States) on 03/04/2010

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!

Posted by Chris (Phoenix, Arizona) on 06/16/2011
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CRAZY! Tried the USP Glycerin, not vegetable. Almost GONE after the first try. Three drops on my toothbrush. Insane! Got it over the counter at the pharmacy at Target.

Posted by Alzaz (Mongomery Village, Md Usa) on 07/25/2011
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WOW! Never thought it could be this simple!!!! Just read this thread went to brush my tongue ( luckily I had glycerin @ home) and it's completely gone! Also the sensation of dry mouth and thirst disappeared!!! Thanks sooooo much for the tip!

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 Sonicboom (Irving, Tx) on 01/13/2012

Have you ever noticed that when you speak to someone having bad breath, you will start having the same breath. It may sound strange but I found it in so many cases to be true. Then some research I could only found that people tend to close their mouth and reduce the air intake via mouth and generates less or no saliva. Saliva has the duty of keeping your mouth and tongue clean and so less saliva will aid dead/live bacteria and food particle buildup on the rear tongue. This all happens so fast (5 to 10 mins) that the person with the halitosis can suddenly notice the bad breath when the other person speaks. This is just that I noticed in few week's time. Try out keep breathing through mouth and keep mouth, lips and tongue wet with saliva. Try and tell us if it works ...

Posted by Oleo (Orlando, Florida) on 04/28/2012
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After using so many over the counter products and prescribed Rx's, finally I am feeling content.. After using acidophilus for two days I have noticed a great improvement in my tongue. It is worth to mention that I also feel a better taste in my mouth. Am considering taking a daily dose for at least a month and then see if I have a recurrent episode.

Posted by David (Boston, Ma) on 10/09/2012
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Fantastic overnight results by using a small amount of probiotic dissolved in a spoonful of water and flooded over the tongue. I've been taking probiotics regularly with no effect, but this method introduces the probiotic strains in mouth, tongue and throat, instead of down in the gut.

The Cure: Brush teeth. Open a high-potency probiotic capsule. Dump a small amount (about 1/4 the contents) into a tablespoon of water and stir to dissolve. Reseal the capsule and swallow it as normal. Now take the tblspoon of dissolved probiotic and let it flood over your tongue and down your throat. Swallow. Go to bed. Observe pink tongue in morning.

I have no idea as yet whether this will have a lasting effect -- but I'll gladly do this daily if needed. This is the first time in a very long while that I have not had a white tongue without vigorous brushing, scraping and gagging... and THAT method was never more than partially successful.

High potency Probiotics are usually found in a refrigerator case in pharmacy or healthfood store (e. g. Wholefoods).

Posted by Jon Jon (New York, Ny) on 12/22/2012
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Wow!!! This worked instantly. I feel better too. I had a nasty white film on my tongue for weeks. I tried the peroxide for 2 weeks to no avail. I bought some acidophilus for 10 bucks at the drug store and followed the instructions. BOOM Gone! Thanks!

Posted by Mike62 (Denver) on 03/26/2014

Maybloom: Live active bakers yeast has cured many people. The good yeasts replace the bad yeasts. Yeast over growth is caused by eating high fat high carb. Eat either raw organic high carb low fat or raw grass fed high fat low carb.

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