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Medic for a White-Coated Tongue

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The tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body. It helps us taste food, swallow and talk. A healthy tongue is pink in color and covered with small nodules called papillae. But at times, your tongue may have a white coating. This is a common problem and can lead to symptoms like bad breath or a bitter taste in the mouth.

The tongue appears white when food debris, bacteria and dead cells get lodged between inflamed papillae. This inflammation can happen due to dehydration, dry mouth, excessive alcohol use, fever and smoking. Improper oral hygiene and eating highly acidic or sugary foods can also contribute to a white-coated tongue.

Certain diseases like liver congestion, jaundice, lupus, candida, oral thrush, leukoplakia and syphilis can also play a role. At times, it can even be due to side effects of some antibiotics and medications.


In most cases, the condition is harmless and temporary. Most likely, it is a sign of dehydration. Drink water, natural fruit juices or other healthy fluids throughout the day after first noticing a white tongue. When your body becomes hydrated, the problem will go away naturally.

Plus, there are many natural treatments to help remove the coating and keep your mouth healthy and clean. However, if the problem is severe and persistent then make sure to consult your doctor to rule out the possibility of it being caused by a serious condition.

home remedies for a white coated tongue

Here are the top 10 home remedies for a white-coated tongue.


1. Salt

Salt is the best remedy to treat a white-coated tongue. The coarse nature of salt will work as a natural tongue scraper to remove debris and dead cells. Plus, its antiseptic property will help kill bacteria that may cause bad breath.

  • Sprinkle some salt on your white tongue and scrub gently with a toothbrush for a minute. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat twice daily and you will surely get the results you want in a week.
  • Also, mix 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle with this salt water thoroughly and then spit it out. Repeat several times a day until you are satisfied with the results.

2. Probiotics

Probiotics are a good remedy for a white-coated tongue caused by the growth of candida fungus. Probiotics contain L. acidophilus and B. lactis cultures, which help control the growth of bacteria and fungi in the mouth.

  • Mix the powder of one probiotics capsule with a little water. Brush your teeth as usual and then use the solution as a mouthwash, swishing and swallowing. Then drink a glass of water. Repeat this treatment once daily for a week.
  • Also include yogurt with live cultures in your diet.
  • Alternatively, take probiotic supplements at least 3 times a day.

3. Vegetable Glycerin

Another popular tried-and-tested home remedy for a white-coated tongue is vegetable glycerin. It is especially effective when the problem is due to dry mouth. It can even help get rid of bad breath. Vegetable glycerin is readily available in health food stores.

  1. Put a little vegetable glycerin on your tongue.
  2. Lightly brush your tongue with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  3. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  4. Do this 2 times daily until your tongue returns to its natural pink color.

4. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling, an age-old Ayurvedic practice, is an excellent way to treat white tongue, especially when it is due to oral thrush. Oil pulling will help eliminate the yeast from oral thrush. Plus, it helps expel toxins from the body.

  1. Before brushing your teeth in the morning, put 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish it around in your mouth, between your teeth and under the tongue.
  3. Do this for 15 minutes or until the oil turns milky in color.
  4. Spit out the oil in the trash and rinse your mouth with warm water.
  5. Do this once daily for overall oral health.

Oil pulling can be done with sesame oil also.

Note: Do not gargle or swallow the oil. Dispose of it in the trash. Do not spit it down the drain as it can clog the drain.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has a strong antibacterial property that helps kill bacteria accumulated on the surface of the tongue. This in turn helps treat a white-coated tongue. Plus, hydrogen peroxide can make your teeth white. For oral health, it is highly recommended to use only 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution.

  1. Prepare a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water.
  2. Dip a soft toothbrush into the mixture and gently scrape your tongue.
  3. Spit it out and then rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
  4. Follow this remedy once daily for 3 to 4 days.

Note: Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide.

6. Aloe Vera Juice

Due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, aloe vera can help treat oral problems. Being an antimicrobial, it also kills bacteria that cause white tongue as well as bad breath.

  1. Put 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice in your mouth.
  2. Swish it around for a few minutes and spit it out.
  3. Then drink 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice.
  4. Repeat this remedy a few times daily for 2 weeks.

Medic for a White-Coated Tongue was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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19 thoughts on “Medic for a White-Coated Tongue”

    1. i am having white tongue ,i am suffering from breathing problem as i have copd ,moreover i breath from my mouth during sleep ,i was usuing inhailers for copd. kindly .it is difficult for me to breath from nose during sleep.kindly suggest.

  1. I have white tongue and perfect breath. I thought it was normal until i read this post. I notice a dentist while doing a check up was scrubing it real hard a d i wondered why lol …i think i got mine from eating extremly hot food teas soups .as kids we used to brag about who could eat the fastest and hotest food.anyways i am going to try some of the suggestions here and see if i can change from white to pink or what ever normal really is

  2. Omg! I was really scared when I saw that I had a white tongue. I was really scared since I sa an ad that said, if u see this u should report to the doctor immediately! And it had a pic of a white tongue. I’m glad that I can be temporary. I was so scared!!!

  3. l have a white tongue my mouth is always dry and l am not enjoying food as l don’t have much taste buds, l am taking antidepressants at the moment and have Anxiety what would be the cause

  4. I noticed my tongue coated white and also rows of big red bumps in the back….scraped off most the white except in the back won’t go away…and the red bumps as well….I have given 3 different woman oral sex this month and worried this is syphilis or oral thrush??? Saw the dentist but they said its nothing to worry about but it won’t go away and am worried because the timing even tho could be coincidence??

  5. Hi my name is Debbie and I have a whit coating on my tongue too. I also I deep ridges, and my tongue burns and hurts. This has been going on for years I just put up with it. Now it hurts so bad I can’t eat.

  6. I’m using salt with water deal at the morning before using food but steel now I’m not in a good condition can you help me pleas

  7. white tongue can be a symptom of candida I changed my diet to no carbs and no sugar and it cleaned it up with no extra remedies

  8. I’ve had a white tongue for years and just thought it was part of aging (I’m 60). Today I read another article that said to make a paste with baking soda and lemon juice and use it with a toothbrush on your teeth and tongue. Now, my tongue is a healthy pink after only one treatment! Amazing! I don’t understand why dentists, dental hygienists, and doctors don’t tell their patients about this.

  9. I get thrush after getting cortisone shots and take meds for it but I always have a white tongue and it feels weird. Maybe mine is from the cortisone shots. I get them every 3 1/2 months for my back for two weeks in a row and have to wait till a week after the last shots to take the thrush meds but the white stays on my tongue. It’s very annoying and I see people with health looking pink tongues and I want that. When I asked my doctor if I still have thrush she says no but that’s all she says. I do eat a lot of sugar. I’ll cut that out and try some of these remedies and see what happens. I saw on other sites a white tongue can be much more serious

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