What Causes a White Tongue?

What Causes a White Tongue?


There are quite a few factors that might cause a whitish layer or white blotches to grow on the tongue surface, including:
Leukoplakia. This disorder results in the cells of the mouth area to develop too much. Consequently this produces the creation of white colored spots inside the mouth area, which include on the tongue. While not harmful by itself, leukoplakia could be a forerunner to some cancers. Therefore it is vital for your dentist to figure out the reason behind the white blotches on your tongue. Leukoplakia might develop if the tongue is irritated, and it is frequently present in those who use tobacco goods.
Oral thrush. Frequently referred to as candidiasis, when there is an overabundance of yeast that develops inside the oral cavity it is called oral candidiasis. The disorder results in white blotches which can have a cottage cheese appearance on the tongue and mouth area. Candidiasis of the mouth usually appears in infants as well as the elderly denture users, and sometimes in individuals with vulnerable autoimmune systems. Diabetes sufferers and individuals using inhaled steroid drugs for asthma or lung disorders might also get candidiasis. Oral yeast infections are much more prone to take place after the consumption of antibiotics, which can destroy the “good” bacteria in the mouth area. Consuming plain yogurt with active and live cultures might help reestablish the appropriate fauna in your mouth area. Furthermore, drugs are useful to fight the infection.
Oral lichen planus. For those who have a system of raised white colored lines on your tongue containing a lace-like pattern, you are more than likely suffering from oral lichen planus. Physicians are usually not able to figure out the root cause of this disorder, which frequently subsides by itself. Exercising correct dental care, eliminating tobacco, and restricting your consumption of foods that result in irritability to your mouth might be effective.
For more information on oral health and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Robison of the Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ, please call 480-924-2300 or visit http://www.drrobison.com/contact-us/