While the tongue isn’t as constantly visible as other parts of the face such as the eyes, it’s still important to keep it as clean as aesthetically pleasant as possible. Even if you have excellent oral hygiene you might notice a white coating on it. You shouldn’t panic because this is quite a common issue that people deal with. However, it can result in various symptoms including a bad taste. The white color is from various sources including food bits, microbes, and dead cells.
The white coating on the tongue can also result from various other factors. They include lupus, syphilis, candida, and other conditions. It can even result from side- effects from medications and antibiotics. Fortunately, there are various home remedies that you can use to treat the white coating on the tongue.
Good Germs to Remove Bad Bacteria
Probiotics are an excellent way to control the growth of bacteria/fungi in your mouth. Mix 1 probiotics capsule’s powder in a little amount of water. Then brush your teeth as you usually do. Use the probiotics mixture as a mouthwash, then drink 1 glass of water. Use this treatment one time every day for one week. You could also take a probiotic supplement 3 or more times per day.
Use Your Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can help to deal with a white tongue through “oil pulling.” Add 1 tablespoon of (extra virgin) coconut oil into your mouth before your morning teeth brushing. Swish the solution in your mouth under the tongue and between the teeth for 15 minutes. Then spit the oil in the trash and use warm water to sine out your mouth.
Hydrogen Peroxide Cleans More Than Wounds
You’ve probably used hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds. However, it can also help to kill bacteria that’s built up on your tongue’s surface. As an added bonus it can help to whiten your teeth. Always use 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use a ratio of 1:2 hydrogen/water mixture. Dip a (soft) toothbrush into the solution and then softly scrape the bacteria off your tongue. Spit out the mixture and then use water to rinse your mouth completely. Follow this home remedy every day for 3-4 days. As a note of warning, never swallow the hydrogen peroxide.
Vegetable Glycerin Provides Sweet Relief
Glycerin is a sweet, colorless liquid and vegetable glycerin has been proven to be an effective method for removing the white coating on a tongue. It’s very helpful when the coating is caused by a dry mouth. You can find veggie glycerin in health food stores. Add a little vegetable glycerin onto your tongue. Then use a soft toothbrush to brush your tongue lightly. Next, use warm water to rinse out your mouth completely. Follow this process 2x every day until your tongue returns to its natural pinkish color.
Anti-microbial Aloe Vera
Aloe vera juice include many properties that can help to treat various oral issues. In terms of a white coating on your tongue, the plant’s anti-microbial properties can help to kill the microbes that cause the tongue to look white. Add 1 tablespoon of juice from aloe vera in your mouth. Then rinse your mouth before spitting out the solution. The next step is to drink 1 tablespoon of juice from aloe vera. You should follow these basic steps a couple of times every day for a total time of 2 weeks.
Time to Turmeric
This spice not only helps to add flavor to food, but can also help to treat a white tongue. It has powerful anti-bacteria properties that can help to prevent bacteria from growing on the tongue. First, mix up ½ teaspoon of powdered turmeric with some lemon juice, until you form a paste. Then scrub the paste on your tongue for a couple of minutes. The next step is to use warm water to rinse completely. Follow this procedure 1 or 2 times every day in order to enjoy a healthy tongue.
The Need for Neem
Indian lilac is also called neem. This can be effective in treating a white-coated tongue. That’s because of the plant’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, preventing bacteria and yeast from growing in your mouth. First, add 1 tablespoon of neem leaves that have been dried, to 1 cup of water. The next step is to boil the water until it is reduced to around ½ cup of water. Let the mixture cool, then use it as a gargle. Afterwards, use warm water to rinse out your mouth. Follow this procedure 2x every day until the white coating is gone from your mouth.
Baking Up a Clean Tongue
Baking soda is an effective method for treating a tongue that’s coated in white bacteria. It helps to remove the microorganisms sticking to the tongue, and also helps to neutralize the acids to maintain balanced pH levels. First, mix a little baking soda with lemon juice to make a paste. Use a toothbrush to brush the bacteria from your tongue. Follow this method every day until you get the results you want. Another step is to dissolve ½ teaspoon of the soda in water. Use this solution as a helpful mouth rinse 2x daily in order to treat the white-coated tongue.
Salt to Remove a Bad Taste
When we think of salt we tend to focus on the use to flavor food. However, it can also help to remove the bad taste of a white-coated tongue. It can help to remove dead cells and bits of food, and also kill bacteria by using its anti-septic feature.
First, sprinkle salt on the tongue. Then use a toothbrush to scrub it for 1 minute. Use warm water to rinse it completely. Complete this process 2x daily in order to get good results within a week. Another method is to mix 1 teaspoon of salt in warm water. Gargle with the mixture and then spit it out. Repeat this process several times every day.
When you have a white-colored tongue, there are many home remedies that can effectively help to remove the coating. These above-mentioned ones are some of the most effective ones you can use.