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How can I make it so I get the white stuff off your tongue?

How can I make it so I get the white stuff off your tongue?

White tongue: You can brush your tongue with your tooth brush or buy a tongue "scraper". Diet and saliva composition may prevent full removal of the "white stuff". ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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No matter how much I scrape my tongue, I can't get the layer of white stuff off.  is this normal?

No matter how much I scrape my tongue, I can't get the layer of white stuff off.  is this normal?

It is normal: The "white stuff" is keratin from the underlying tongue tissue. Also the taste buds in the top part of the tongue are long and "finger-like." the anatomy of the taste buds and this keratin layer can sometimes make the tongue look "hairy." this is completely benign. Scrubbing your tongue is not needed and cause harm. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of yellow stuff on tongue?

Is there a good way to get rid of yellow stuff on tongue?

Analyze routines: If you brush 2x daily (including tongue) use a tongue scraper daily, floss every night, and use mouthrinse 2x daily and you see a dentist on a regular basis the yellow stuff on your tongue may go away. You may also have a concurrent fungal infection, check with your dentist to see if he thinks an anti-fungal is appropriate. If your a smoker you may be stuck with the yellow until you quit. ...Read more

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Cant really get the plaque off my tongue by brushing it. Would a tongue scraper help with this?

Cant really get the plaque off my tongue by brushing it. Would a tongue scraper help with this?

Tongue scraper: Start by having your tongue looked at by a dentist. What you call "plaque" may or may not be actually that and therefore trying to remove it may not be advisable or possible. Using a tongue scraper gently once a day is a good idea. ...Read more

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How do I prevent white stuff from forming on my tongue during the day? I brush it off in the morning but when I get home in the afternoon, it's there

How do I prevent white stuff from forming on my tongue during the day? I brush it off in the morning but when I get home in the afternoon, it's there

Hydrate: Number one scenario is dehydration. Even though u may not "feel" dehydrated, u'r body is telling u to hydrate. Other aspect to consider is Oral Thrush-fungal infection-should as doctor for such a scenario ...Read more

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I have white colored moderate sized bumps on both sides of my tongue that I cant seem to get rid of they are irregular shaped and painless any ideas?

Hard to know: Need to view/examine to offer educated opinion. Would also help to know more about your medical history (medications, illnesses, tobacco use, etc). Painless patch or nodule for a 26yo may be hairy tongue, geographic tongue, leukoplakia, lipoma, viral papilloma, or cancer. Oral surgeon or dentist performs biopsy if lesion has concerning features on exam. ...Read more

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How do I get rid off the white stuff (oral thrush) on my tongue for good?

How do I get rid off the white stuff (oral thrush) on my tongue for good?

Medication: Take the appropriate anti-fungal medication and avoid those things that can increase your chances of getting it again. ...Read more

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Why do I get a little bump on the tip of my tongue when I eat a lot of sugar? Its really painful I cant sleep. Help.

Why do I get a little bump on the tip of my tongue when I eat a lot of sugar? Its really painful I cant sleep. Help.

AnswerOnTipOMyTongue: That's God's way of telling you not to eat a lot of sugar! People can have sensitivities to lots of different foods (walnuts and bananas are common; sugar is unusual). Often the sensitivity shows-up on the tongue as a red patch, superficial ulcer or a little bump. Any of these can be painful. They usually go away relatively quickly (like a day or two). Take some Motrin, suck on some ice. ...Read more

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Hi, this is the sixth day for me and this pain...my tongue is swollen to the point wherei cant talk too fast or itll get caught between my teeth or i?

Hi, this is the sixth day for me and this pain...my tongue is swollen to the point wherei cant talk too fast or itll get caught between my teeth or i?

Why: Why have you waited so long? Swelling probably due to infection. Yours seems rather advanced, and can quickly become life threatening. Must se Dentist or Oral Surgeon immediately. If you are having difficulty breathing, and it's not regular office hours, go to ER. ...Read more

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Is white tongue always oral thrush? Asthma, otherwise healthy. No oral steroids. Albuterol only. Use 4/ day. No ins. Cant get controller meds.

Is white tongue always oral thrush? Asthma, otherwise healthy. No oral steroids. Albuterol only. Use 4/ day. No ins. Cant get controller meds.

No: White tongue is not always oral thrush. If your tongue does not hurt or bleed when the white coating is scraped away with something blunt like a tongue depressor it is not likely to be thrush. I suggest brushing your tongue with a toothbrush and rinsing with a good quality mouthwash and seeing if that helps. It may be just bacterial overgrowth. You could also take a probiotic. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor? Do I have tonsil stones? Okay so about a year ago my tongue developed white bubbles in the back. I figured it'd go away so I ignored it. Then, my tongue started to get white stuff on it, which I would scrap off but it'd come back so

Should I see a doctor? Do I have tonsil stones? Okay so about a year ago my tongue developed white bubbles in the back. I figured it'd go away so I ignored it. Then, my tongue started to get white stuff on it, which I would scrap off but it'd come back so

Depends: Tonsil stones are little white stones visible in the tonsils (located on the lateral areas of your throat). People with tonsil stones feel like there is "something annoying" stuck in their throat and are constantly trying to clear it. A film on your tongue is not unusual. Most people need to brush or scrape their tongue regularly to clean this film away. ...Read more

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I know that brkfst is very important but I cant get myself to eat. Don't feel like putting amythong in my mouth. Drink only milk. What to do?

I know that brkfst is very important but I cant get myself to eat. Don't feel like putting amythong in my mouth. Drink only milk. What to do?

What'sImportantIsYou: Don't get all compulsive about not eating breakfast. If you feel OK and aren't hungry just wait 'till you get hungry. In fact, there's current thinking about that whole breakfast myth. Good for the food industry but maybe not you. I'm not hungry in the morning. Except for a few stomach growls I'm fine till 2, sometimes 3:30 pm. But each person is different. Don't fall into the group-think hype. ...Read more

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If you have oral cancer will it show up on both sides of mouth at same time? Sorry for all the seperate questions but cant get into doc for2 more wks

If you have oral cancer will it show up on both sides of mouth at same time? Sorry for all the seperate questions but cant get into doc for2 more wks

Yes, it is possible: Cancer can strike any part of the mouth, including the lips and tongue. If the cancer is not detected early, tumors can grow deep into local tissues and spread to lymph glands in the neck. The risk for oral cancer increases with age and alcohol and tobacco use. Only biopsy can support the diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

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I've been on a steroid for a allergic reaction. When taking these, my immune system is low and my mouth is starting to get thrush and I cant swallow.

I've been on a steroid for a allergic reaction. When taking these, my immune system is low and my mouth is starting to get thrush and I cant swallow.

Call for antifungal: Your doctor should be able to Rx you a oral solution or tablet for the thrush. It is not likely from an impaired immune system (unless you have been on very high doses for months) but from the steroid increasing the sugar content at the throat area. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to scrape the white stuff off my tongue?

Is it possible for me to scrape the white stuff off my tongue?

Usually, yes: Usually I see a harmless coating consisting of dead bacteria, dead cells from the tongue, all combined with a mucous and saliva mixture that coats the tongue. Use the cupped side of a spoon or a tongue scraper to clean the surface of the tongue. See your dentist to rule out a more serious condition like thrush, which is a yeast infection of the tongue. ...Read more

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White. Stuff. On. Back. Of tongue.

White. Stuff. On. Back. Of tongue.

Coated tongue: Many people develop a coating on their tongue which can be easily removed by using a tongue scraper daily. However, if you have pain or discomfort or that does not resolve this issue, you should see your dentist as there are other conditions that require treatment. ...Read more

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Can uou get your tongue clipped as an adult?

Frenectomy: It is possible to get your tongue clipped-- a frenulectomy---at any age. A soft tissue laser can fix the lack of mobility very quickly when used properly. Visit your dentist for a referral if you want to have it done. ...Read more

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Can a tongue split get wider over a few hours?

Can a tongue split get wider over a few hours?

Tongue: It can. Sometimes from trauma. Could be B12 issue or thyroid Do a salt water gargle and see an ENT ...Read more

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Why does a child have white stuff on the back of their tongue?

Why does a child have white stuff on the back of their tongue?

FOOD DEBRIS: Food gets "ground" in the mouth and also milk and derivative cause white plaque formation.
Many children don't scrub their teeth properly, neither scrape their tongue specially at night. This is the main reason. ...Read more

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Having white stuff in tongue in the mornings what could it be?

Probably normal: Unless you have symptoms.
If you scrape the white stuff and no bleeding or the base appears normal, probably normal. ...Read more

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How do I clean my tongue when it has all that white stuff on it?

You can scrap it but: The real question is why is the tongue white. It may be due to yeast infection. You can ask your physician, dentist, dermatologist or an ENT physician to get the correct diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Does it really hurt if you go get your tongue split? What is given for the pain?

I would guess: Just think about how much it hurts to bite your tongue. Tongue splitting is generally done by non-medical personal that may not have any medical training. They cannot prescribe anything for pain other than over the counter medications. Probably ibuprofen. Not a recommended procedure due to possible nerve damage and infection. ...Read more

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Tongue has white stuff on it when I brushmy tongue it comes off but after a bleeds just a lii?

Tongue has white stuff on it when I brushmy tongue it comes off but after a bleeds just a lii?

Possible yeast: You may have a yeast infection, if it is like the photo.

See your dentist to have them determine your exact problem and work out the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my tongue get a white coating on it?

Why does my tongue get a white coating on it?

Many reasons: One may be lichen planus. Could be diet. Do you smoke? Multiple medications could dry the mouth and make the tongue white. Could be yeast or candidiasis. You need to seek medical or dental attention. ...Read more

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How to get of the white buildup on my tongue?

How to get of the white buildup on my tongue?

Brush your tongue: The white build up on your tongue is a buildup of food debris and bacteria and needs to be removed for the same reasons that you brush your teeth. You can use your tooth brush or a tongue scraper. ...Read more

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Why do I get abitter taste on my tongue in am?

Bitter taste: There are many possibilities. Perhaps you are having a post nasal drip that accumulates during the night on your tongue. You may be having acid reflux that brings up small amounts of stomach content to throat and tongue. May be toothpaste, dental work, smoking, medications, drugs. If this continues without finding the cause then consult your physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get get a white coating on the tongue?

Is it normal to get get a white coating on the tongue?

Usually: White tongue is a coating of debris, bacteria and dead cells on your tongue that makes it look white. Although the appearance of white tongue may be alarming, the condition is usually harmless and temporary. However, white tongue can be an indication of some serious conditions, ranging from infection to a precancerous condition. If you're concerned about a white coating call your dentist. ...Read more