Advanced Dental Care of Ocoee
1231 Blackwood Avenue, Ocoee, FL 34761

What to Do About a White Tongue

dca-blog_tongue-scraping-brushing

Have you noticed a weird white coating on your tongue? There is usually no need to worry, but you may wonder what is causing your white tongue and how you should properly treat it. For the causes of a white tongue, check out these tips.

Causes of a Coated Tongue

A white tongue occurs when the small, hair-like projections on the tongue called papillae become swollen or overgrown. Then, bacteria, debris, and dead cells get trapped between these inflamed and enlarged papillae. This leads to the appearance of a coated, white tongue. The primary causes include:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Dehydration
  • Unbalanced diet that is low in roughage
  • Breathing only through the mouth
  • Alcohol use
  • Fever
  • Irritation from a sharp tooth or dental tool

Conditions That Contribute to a Case

A coated tongue is usually harmless, but it may have a more serious meaning and be a sign of a health condition. A white tongue is a noticeable symptom of the following medical issues:

  • Yeast infection caused by the prolonged use of certain antibiotics
  • Oral thrush
  • Mouth cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Leukoplakia, which are white patches in the mouth that can’t be brushed away, is often attributed to tobacco use
  • Geographic tongue, which is when smooth patches form on the tongue
  • Syphilis
  • HIV/AIDS

Treatments for a White Tongue

A coated tongue typically isn’t serious and dentists often say that the best treatment is simply brushing your tongue when you brush your teeth. But why should you brush your tongue? Well, white tongue is often just a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. By brushing your tongue regularly, you can remove that dental debris and get your tongue back in the pink. Now that you know why should you brush your tongue, you should also know that there are certain times when a coated tongue requires medical care. If you notice any changes or pain in your tongue, or your white tongue lasts for more than a month, call your dentist or doctor to have it looked at.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Ocoee, call Advanced Dental Care of Ocoee today at (407) 502-2777 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Ocoee. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Ocoee, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Ocoee.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone is great there.
Sarah S.
Chris & Milda were great in getting me an appointment for my aching tooth. They were friendly, courteous and especially their humor and made the experience that much better.
Damon C.
From the receptionist to the dental hygienist to the physician, everyone was warm and welcoming. Going to the dentist is at the top of my “not happy to do” list, but Advanced Dental Care made the […]
TONYA H.
Fast services pleasant staff.
Edith M.
Dentist and staff was very attentive and accommodating.
Bibi A.
the people at the desk and the persons that worked on me
William V.
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Felicia D.
I recently got new insurance and had to choose a new dentist on my plan. I’m very happy with the choice I made. Everyone in the office is very nice, friendly and helpful. Also very professional. My […]
Patsie K.
I would recommend this office. Each of the staff members go above and beyond to address any issue you may have. They make you feel like you are part of their family. I wish I had found this office a […]
Mark G.
Pablo is the best hygienist! He is very kind and always makes sure that I was ok. I have recommended multiple people to this practice because of how great Pablo is!
Nicole S.
Like how personable the staff is.
Joy E.
Caring and attention shown by both front office and dental assistants and dentists…..both were great!
Robert C.
I think Pablo, the dental assistant, is awesome. He does such a meticulous job cleaning my teeth and getting them to be as white and perfect as possible.
Diana L.
Service is always great .
Monic S.
They made me feel comfortable and confident.
Natasha W.
You all where super nice and kept me calm through my lengthy process of dental work! Plus helped keep me in budget! Thank you sooooooo much!!
Heather N.
they were very gentle and caring with my grandmother. She would continue to visit.
Paris W.
Select this office for your dental work with full confidence.
Holly R.
Everyone in the office is very friendly and professional. They make sure I’m comfortable at all times and if I ask questions they take the time to answer and explain information to me. Dr. Jamasi […]
Patsie K.
Dr. Reddy is excellent in his professional skills. I appreciate his straight forward assessments and his explanation of how and what he is doing WRT my treatment. His assistant and the resident staff […]
Paul H.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (407) 502-2777
Our Location