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What Your Tongue Is Telling You About Your Oral Health


Your mouth needs a regular shower just like your body does. Oral hygiene is a huge component to your overall health, but it’s one of those things that many people overlook. While showering regularly has become a ritual that you don’t even have to think about because you know you have to in order to maintain proper hygiene, it doesn’t take much to forget about daily brushing. But it’s just as important as anything else! So, open your mouth and say “ah”. Your tongue can say a lot about your oral health.


White Patches

If your tongue has white patches, it’s not necessarily an indicator of poor oral health. However, it can be linked to an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth. So, start by using your toothpaste twice daily and brushing your tongue every day for a week or two. If the white patches are still there, this could be a result of poor oral hygiene, which has turned into an overgrowth of candida (yeast). The good news is that this can often be cured with twice-daily brushing and an anti-fungal mouth rinse.


Coated White Tongue

A coated white tongue can be similar to the prior in the sense that it could be nothing to worry about. Often times, your tongue may become coated in white as a result of dehydration. More importantly, it could be the result of poor oral hygiene and/or an overgrowth of candida. So use your Pearlie White toothpaste and mouth wash  twice daily, and remember to brush your tongue!


Red and Swollen Tongue

A red tongue isn’t all that unheard of, especially if it’s accompanied with a sore throat. However, these tongue symptoms can also be a sign of scarlet fever. If you have an intensely high fever, it’s time to take a trip to your family doctor. Otherwise, a red and swollen tongue could be the result of vitamin deficiency. So, start taking your vitamins and be consistent with regular brushing.

Tongues can tell you a lot about your oral hygiene and overall health. Pacific dental group tells you to stick your tongue out and say “Ahh” and discover if you need to simply enhance your daily brushing, rinsing and flossing or if you need to take a trip to the doctor.


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