A member asked:

What causes a coated tongue? i can't get rid of it. i have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. no luck.

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Krishna Kumar answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Coated Tongue: I commend you for your concern about your Health! Coated tongue can be due to: • Smoking or other oral tobacco use • Alcohol use • Mouth breathing • Low roughage diet — eating mostly soft or mashed foods • Mechanical irritation from sharp tooth edges or dental appliances • Fever • Prolonged use of antibiotics that may cause oral yeast infection See Physician for Diagnosis and Treatment.

Answered 11/27/2017


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

See DDS: What are your personal habits? Do you smoke, drink coffee all day long? A tongue scraper should be an adjunct in addition to brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Speak to your dentist if this is still problematic.

Answered 4/15/2016



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