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you recommend a tongue scraper to clean a white tongue, tried them before, any particular type or make & exactly how do you use them?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Tongue: Cleaning your tongue is a good oral hygiene. You can pick the type which suits the best.
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
TOOTHBRUSH: Your toothbrush is your best tongue scraper but a hard bristle one or a metal scraper. Scrape from the back of tongue toward the front.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Tongue Cleaner: Reference site: http://www.Wikihow.Com/choose-a-tongue-cleaner.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

White tongue most of the time, i'm curious if I have deficient immune system?

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Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See doctor: There are many causes for a white coating on the tongue. An ENT specialist can help you get to the bottom of the issue.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I have white on my tongue it wont come off ?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
White tongue: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals).
A 18-year-old female asked:

What causes white tongue?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Hackett
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Many things: Many things can contribute to a white coating on the tongue. We frequently see this with nasal conditions that cause one to breath through the mouth. Other common causes include thrush and geographic tongue. Consider using a tongue scraper to remove the coating. You should see you doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can doctors tell me what does my white tongue mean?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Several possiblities: White tongue could be something as simple as hairy tongue; in which case a tongue scraper is all you need. But is could also be a fungal infection. Best get it checked out by a dentist for diagnosis.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How will i know what does a white tongue mean?

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Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Fungal infection: The white tongue is often a sign of a fungal infection. Have you been on antibiotics? Is your immune system immunosuppresed? If the white rubs off and leaves a smooth red tongue, see your dentist for treatment of the fungal infection. The treatment can be will mouth rinses, creams, or pills.

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