What a White Tongue May be Saying About Your Health - 1st Week
By Genevieve Cunningham
Waking up with bad breath is normal. You run to the bathroom, brush your teeth, and yet you still notice your tongue is unusually white. Normal or not? In some instances, a simple scraping of the tongue might be all it takes to get your tongue back to normal. After all, your tongue can collect dead skin cells just like other parts of your body. If that doesn’t work, it might be time to listen to what your tongue is trying to tell you. Take a look at these three underlying problems that may be causing your tongue to appear snow white.
You Have A Nutritional Deficiency
The nutrients that you take into your body are crucial for your overall growth and development. We need the proper amounts of each nutrient, and it's vital that we pay attention to what we are taking into our bodies. When you take in too many or too few of certain vitamins and minerals, it can cause you to develop this white coated tongue. Generally, it means you have developed candida, a yeast infection in the mouth. You’ll need medicine for the yeast infection as well as a test to determine which nutrient you’re currently deficient in.
You Have Undiagnosed Diabetes
A white coated tongue can sometimes be indicative of diabetes. Since diabetics sometimes take much longer for their bodies to heal, a white tongue may signal an infection in the body. If you have a persistently white coated tongue, it might be worth a trip to the doctor to rule out this very serious disease.
You Suffer From an Autoimmune Disorder
Another reason that candida may be running rampant in your body and showing up in your mouth is because of an autoimmune disorder. Most people think of HIV/AIDS when referring to an autoimmune disorder, but there are quite a few autoimmune disorders that could lead to this problem. Lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome are two of the most commonly linked to the white tongue and dry mouth.
The bottom line is that if you have an unusually white tongue for longer than normal lengths of time, it might be a good idea to get it checked out. It may or may not be a serious condition, but attacking the problem at the root is crucial for long-term success. A white tongue is a minor symptom, but it may say something big about your health.