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What is the treatment for a white tongue?

Will I regain my normal tongue appearance?

 Your white tongue may not require treatment. It should usually go away on its own after a few weeks. However, if it lasts longer than that or if you wish to get rid of it sooner, you should seek treatment at your Summerlin Dentist. The following are some popular treatments for white tongue symptoms:

Hairy tongue:

Your Summerlin Dentist is unlikely to treat your hairy tongue immediately. Instead, they'll concentrate on restoring your immune system's health. Antiviral drugs such as valacyclovir or famciclovir may be prescribed in rare circumstances. Alternatively, they may apply a therapy directly to your white patch (such as podophyllin resin or retinoic acid).

Tongue rash:

A tongue rash should not require treatment at your Summerlin Dentist (oral lichen planus). However, it can sometimes stay in your mouth for years. Symptoms like burning or sore gums can be relieved with steroidal mouthwashes (steroid pills dissolved in water) and steroid sprays, which your healthcare professional can prescribe.

mouth fungus (oral thrush),

Your Summerlin Dental professional will prescribe antifungal drugs like Diflucan. These can be taken as pills or applied as gels or liquids to the patches within your mouth. For one or two weeks, you'll probably require many applications every day.

White patches:

There are no unique therapies available if you have many white patches on your tongue (called geographic tongue because it looks like a map outline). Any meal or drink that makes you feel nauseous should be avoided. Topical treatments for oral fungus can provide some relief from whatever discomfort you're experiencing.

What can I do to treat white tongue at home?

White tongue is usually simple to treat. The treatment for a white tongue produced by a buildup of debris in the mouth is to practice good dental hygiene on a regular basis. If it does not resolve you should see your Summerlin Dentist

White tongue can be treated at your Summerlin Dental office in a variety of methods, including:

  • Using a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth.
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (a detergent) as a component.
  • Fluoride mouthwash is being used. If your child has a white tongue, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal mouthwash that you can use to swab his or her tongue.
  • To remove the white coating, brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. If you don't have a tongue scraper, a teaspoon will suffice.
  • When drinking cold beverages, you should use a straw.
  • Avoiding chemicals that can irritate your tongue, such as alcoholic mouthwashes and cigarettes. Also, stay away from spicy, salty, acidic, or extremely hot foods and beverages.

If you're having discomfort, take over-the-counter pain relievers for short term only.

What can I do to avoid having a white tongue?

You can't always avoid getting white tongue. However, regular oral hygiene can help you avoid this. Every six months, visit your Summerlin dentist for a checkup and tongue cleaning. Brush your teeth twice a day at the very least. Floss at least once a day and eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

If your Summerlin dentist says your white tongue symptoms are significant, you should consider giving up alcohol or tobacco (or using less of either). Make regular follow-up appointments with your Summerlin dentist or healthcare professional. This will keep your white patch from growing or becoming more serious.

Your healthcare practitioner can also help you determine whether you have a food or drink allergy, as well as which treatments are best for you.


Is it necessary for me to see a doctor if I have a white tongue?

White tongue is usually innocuous and only lasts a few days. Depending on the severity of your white tongue symptoms, you may want to wait and see if it clears up on its own. If the only symptom you detect is a minor white tongue, you should be alright.

However, if your tongue hurts or itches, you should see us at Summerlin Dental Solutions for medical attention. It could be a symptom of a developing health problem, such as an infection or something more serious. When a white tongue isn't treated, it can spread to other parts of your mouth and body, causing serious infection.

If your white tongue persists after a few weeks, you should consult your doctor or Summerlin dentist. If your tongue hurts or you're having problems eating or speaking, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Your provider can assist you in resolving the issue. They can also assist you in determining whether you have a more serious condition. If you have a weakened immune system, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible with your Summerlin dentist.

If I (or my child) have white tongue, who should I see?

If your white tongue does not return to its usual color after a few weeks, you should contact your Summerlin dentist or healthcare practitioner. One or more healthcare specialists can assist you, including:

Dentist: A tongue scraper can be used by your dentist to clean your tongue. They may also be able to prescribe drugs to help you with your white tongue.

Doctor of General Practice: Your doctor can diagnose your white tongue, give drugs (if necessary), and inform you whether your symptoms indicate something more serious.

Summerlin Dental Solutions suggests:

It's critical to maintain good oral hygiene, so schedule frequent dentist appointments to catch any problems early. Although having a white tongue isn't normally harmful, you should contact your Summerlin Dentist or healthcare professional if your tongue (or even just its appearance) is bothering you or causing you pain. This allows them to detect any potential health issues early and treat you before they become serious.

Get to Know the Dentist

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

With an emphasis on cosmetic, complete makeovers and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all of the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations and high-resolution pictures of proposed treatment on 55 inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.  Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.


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851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160