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Dds said I had thrush, to just brush tongue. Do I need medicine too?

Dds said I had thrush, to just brush tongue. Do I need medicine too?

Thrush=Candida: Candida fungi are normally in low numbers in the mouth, but can overgrow forming white, cheesy patches that may bleed. It is associated with taking antibiotics that kill the good bacteria, stress or immune suppression from various diseases & medications such as steroids. Eating yogurt with live cultures or rinsing and swallowing pro-biotic mixtures with lacto-bacillus can restore a normal balance. ...Read more

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My dentist here told me that brushing tongue can be harmful for the taste buds, given that's true. How should I clean my tongue?

My dentist here told me that brushing tongue can be harmful for the taste buds, given that's true. How should I clean my tongue?

Hmmmm...NO: Sure I guess if some is uber crazy on brushing the tongue that it may be harmful but the tongue is very resilient & tough. Some like brushing, some like scraping but I say use what you like but just be gentle. No worries Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs ...Read more

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Will brushing tongue get rid of thrush?

Not by itself: Candida fungi are normally in low numbers in the mouth, but can overgrow forming white, cheesy patches that may bleed. It is associated with taking antibiotics that kill the good bacteria, stress or immune suppression from various diseases & medications such as steroids. Eating yogurt with live cultures or rinsing and swallowing pro-biotic mixtures with lacto-bacillus can restore a normal balance. ...Read more

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Do brush tongue with toothpaste when I brush my teeth?

Do brush tongue with toothpaste when I brush my teeth?

Doesnot matter: What is importat for tongue cleaning is mechanical removal of bacterial layer from your tonque. Adding toothpaste will just give better taste in your mouth while brushing and cleaning your tongue. ...Read more

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Will cleaning extra well (flossing, brushing, tongue scrape, antiseptic mouthrinse) help the inflammation heal faster at all?

Will cleaning extra well (flossing, brushing, tongue scrape, antiseptic mouthrinse) help the inflammation heal faster at all?

Yes: I am assuming you referring to gum inflammation. If that's th e case, then yes. Good home care will cure early inflammation. If the condition persists, see your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get white build up on tongue? No hiv, 24 y/o male. Hard time brushing tongue in morning due to gag reflex

Is it normal to get white build up on tongue? No hiv, 24 y/o male. Hard time brushing tongue in morning due to gag reflex

Common: White buildup on tongue might be plaque similar to what we form on teeth. Only a dentist can tell you that for sure after examining you. Try rinsing with listerine first, or some say to put some salt on the tip of your tongue, and then use a tongue scraper, available at most drug stores or supermarkets, rather than a tooth brush. ...Read more

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Should I brush my tongue?

Should I brush my tongue?

Yes: You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. ...Read more