Is your tongue too dry? Do you have bad breath too? No one wants their tongue to feel like cheese or even look like one. But that is what a furry tongue is like.
In this post, we talk about furry tongue and the ways you can treat it using ingredients around your house. So, without waiting, find out what they are and get rid of the discomfort!
This Is No Tongue Twister:
Furry tongue is referred to as a white tongue or coated tongue. Normally, our tongue is supposed to be pink and covered with small eruptions called papillae (1). Our tongue is a strong muscle that helps us swallow, talk, and, of course, taste. A white coating on the tongue creates considerable discomfort and is a result of many issues. Lack of good oral hygiene leads the list. On a furry tongue, one can find enlarged lesions and cheese-like patches that may or may not flake away (2). They are not usually serious. Let us see what causes a furry tongue.
Causes Of Furry Tongue:
Furry tongue is characterized by excessive growth of cells inside the mouth. This forms the white patches. Causes include:
- Dead cells, food debris, and bacteria build-up between swollen papillae
- Dry mouth from dehydration
- Uncontrolled tobacco and alcohol use
- Consumption of excessive sugary foods
- Yeast infection or candidiasis that gives oral thrush
- Certain antibiotics
- Long-term steroid inhalation for conditions like asthma
- Diseases such as diabetes, jaundice, syphilis, leukoplakia, lupus, and liver congestion (3)
Any of these can lead to a milky covering over the tongue, which results in bad breath and creates a breeding ground for bad bacteria that further harm the teeth.
Following are the natural remedies for a furry tongue.
You can use salt in two ways. Firstly, mix a spoonful of sea salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle this water six times daily, and you will observe the symptoms vanish in a week. Secondly, put a little salt over your tongue and brush it gently with a toothbrush. This should offer some relief immediately.
2. Vegetable Glycerin:
Vegetable glycerin is available easily at your closest supermarket. Using this method has been proven to show results instantly. Place glycerin on your tongue and gently brush it using a soft toothbrush. It will combat dryness and also rids you of bad breath.
3. Baking Soda:
Mix baking soda with lemon. Apply this paste to your tongue as well as teeth. It helps remove the white patches from the tongue. It additionally helps whiten teeth while driving away bad breath.
Since turmeric is a natural anti-microbial remedy, it can be used to kill bad bacteria on your tongue as well. Add turmeric powder to fresh lemon juice. Apply the mixed paste on your tongue and scrub the white patches. You can also mix turmeric powder in a glass of water and gargle it.
Yogurt is a clean way to replace the tongue’s bad bacteria with the yogurt’s healthy bacteria. Eat a cup of yogurt directly with a spoon, allowing your tongue to feel the probiotic. Probiotics containing live bacterial cultures help control fungal and bacterial growths inside the mouth.
6. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera has several healing properties. It is an antimicrobial that can destroy the pathogens in the mouth that cause bad breath. Simply swish a spoonful of Aloe Vera juice for a few minutes in your mouth. Spit out the remaining juice. Repeat this method as often as possible to solve your oral issues.
Neem has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can effectively treat furry tongue. Gargling water boiled with neem leaves can clear the white plaques caused by microbial build-up. Gargle with neem water twice every day until you find relief.
8. Apples And Carrots:
Apples, carrots, and even strawberries have a natural cleaning tendency. Their crunchy texture will help treat a furry tongue and combat bad breath as well.
Drink a lot of water to keep food debris from settling down on the tongue and in between the teeth. Drinking plenty of water also prevents bacterial growth in the mouth. You can also try drinking Aloe Vera water or lemon water for better results.
10. Brush Before Sleeping:
Ensure you maintain good oral hygiene. Brush regularly, especially after meals and before sleeping. Use a tongue scraper to keep the white plaque at bay. Moreover, include a mouthwash in your oral care routine. For stubborn plaque, brush your tongue with toothpaste.
These remedies are lying around the house, waiting for your attention. Simple solutions would not require much time. However, if your tongue continues to feel coated, it may be a sign of something more serious. Consult a doctor and identify its cause.
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