Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

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 Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, 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 Dental One Associates of Annapolis.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
This place has always been good. I like working with brandi she is always super friendly.
Ashley S.
Great service and hardly any wait time
Tandrea W.
Dr. Khaleif and his assistant Pat explained everything thoroughly and put me at ease because I am not a good patient.
Paulette P.
Dr. Val and her assistant are amazing.
Heather R.
This is the best, most professional, and friendliest dental practice I have ever used.
Gail R.
Michelle is the best hygienist ever!
Eric D.
I was experiencing an emergency and was able to schedule an appointment the same day.
Charlotte C.
Everyone is very friendly and very professional.
Ruth S.
Great hygienists and dentists and reduced pricing option! Great care with handicap person in wheel chair
James M.
Staff is very friendly and professional. Always concerned about the patient and willing to give advice to prevent future problems.
Angela P.
Rarely ever wait more than a couple minutes.
Chris G.
Dr. Sagafi is pleasant, professional, and very friendly with my four kids. She is calm and gentle, and every visit with her is easy and happy. She’s the best.
Timothy H.
The staff rocks! You all are so nice and treat me with respect. You also take my insurance :)
Mary J.
Very sanitary.All positive attitude
Sydney S.
Dr. Sagafi is the best orthodontist in the area! Very knowledgeable and experienced. She is extremely kind to everyone and makes you feel like your her only patient. Highly recommended! -Jose
Admin M.
Very nice helpful Diane assistant
Gloria S.
I really like Dr. Sagafi she’s very nice and makes sure I’m always comfortable
Selena S.
I love Dr. Sagafi! She’s really nice.
Victoria S.
Jennifer was personable, friendly, informative, and performs her job very well
Nancy H.
My hygienist, Cheryl gave me the best cleaning ever and was very thorough of my dental health and overall health.
Gary E.
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 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (410) 793-4922
Our Location