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Aaron asked...

I have a white tongue.

Tags: dental , gums , teeth

I am concerned about my gums and tongue. I have a white tongue at the back and sometimes I feel I may have bad breath.
I brush my tongue but by the end of the day it is white again. How can I get just a nice pink healthy tongue. Also my gums bleed alot, I brush my teeth well and I use Corsodyl mouth wash and they still bleed is there anything I can do?

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The answer

It is important to ensure that you have regular dental check-ups. This allows a dentist to look at your mouth and discuss your problems. There are many factors that can make a tongue white. It can range from inefficient cleaning and a high carbohydrate/sugar diet, to more important changes to the tissues/gums that may or may not be significant.

Excessive use of Corsodyl or products containing chlorhexidine (active ingredient in Corsodyl) can make the tongue change in colour, usually brownish, and can alter taste sensation.  To know what your problem is you need to see a dentist as soon as possible and to rule out anything that could be more sinister.

Bleeding gums and bad breath are usually a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. This means bacteria, tartar and food debris are likely to have built up around or between your teeth and gums. Again, you will need to see a dentist to know and most likely one or more sessions with a hygienist, depending on how severe it is. Flossing once or twice a day, using interdental brushes daily, an electric brush for 2 minutes twice a day and a mouthwash will all help improve gum health, and a hygienist can show you what to do.

Bad breath can also come from the stomach because of diet such as garlic, in some cases excess stomach acid and from other sources like smoking and coffee. I would strongly recommend you to see a dentist to check these problems.

Answered by Dr Sej Patel.

 

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