Why is My Tongue Always White and Dry?

Why is My Tongue Always White and Dry?

Have you noticed a dry tongue that’s always white? If so, rest assured that white tongue is usually harmless. However, in rare instances, this symptom may signify a more serious condition such as an infection or early cancer. If you notice that your white tongue doesn’t fade away in a few weeks, it is in your best interest to visit a dentist.

Causes of White Tongue

White tongue is almost always related to oral hygiene. When the tiny bumps that line your tongue swell up and become inflamed, your tongue may turn white. In most cases, white tongue is the result of the following conditions:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Dehydration
  • Breathing through your mouth
  • Eating many soft foods
  • Fever
  • Tobacco and/or alcohol use

Treating a White Tongue

Fortunately, a white tongue rarely requires treatment because it clears up on its own. Gently brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush, using a tongue scraper, and drinking plenty of water can remove white tongue. To determine whether you need treatment for a white tongue, you should visit a dentist if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Pain or burning in the tongue
  • Open sores in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
  • Weight loss, fever, or a skin rash

Schedule an Appointment at Wells Family Dental

If your white tongue does not go away on its own and you believe it may be a sign of a serious problem, call our office today at 919-266-5332 to schedule an appointment.

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