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Causes and treatment of white coated tongue/halitosis

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Submitted: 6 years ago.
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Expert:  sarahfnp-bc replied 6 years ago.
HiCustomer

I'm sorry for the delay in answer. I was just about to post it and somehow deleted the whole thing.

You ask an interesting question. Thank you.

In western medicine a white coated tongue can be caused by many different things. Some of them are smoking, alcohol consumption, candida, immunosuppression, and antibiotic therapy to name a few. Here is a link with more causes of a white coated tongue.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/white_tongue.htm

To treat this you need to find the cause. Quitting smoking, drinking alcohol, or even changing your mouthwash. If you are using a mouthwash with alcohol this can contribute to the problem. You can also try a tongue scrapper. You can but them at any drug store. Staying hydrated is also an important point. Your mouth is constantly being "washed out" by saliva. So it's important that your mouth is moist and you don't become too dehydrated or dry. If this occurs there can be a decline in saliva and overgrowth in bacteria.

Nearly all bad breath originates from the mouth, mostly from the surface of the tongue, below the gum line, between the teeth and other hard to reach areas. The mouth is normally inhabited by bacteria and the balance between the different kinds of bacteria determines the quality of your breath. The odor causing bacteria are anaerobic which means they cannot live in the presence of oxygen. These anaerobic bacteria inhabit the surface of the tongue by residing between the papillae of the tongue which is oxygen deficient i.e. they live "within" the tongue. These bacteria cannot be removed completely with a tongue scraper and will recolonize the mouth following antibody therapy. These naturally occurring bacteria feed on proteins (oral debris) and produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) as a by-product of metabolism causing the malodor of bad breath.

Here is a link with more information.

http://www.dentist.net/bad-breath-cure.asp

So help in curing bad breath brush and floss at least twice a day using a chlorine dioxide toothpaste, stay well hydrated, get regular cleanings, and avoid alcohol and smoking.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Sarah
Expert:  sarahfnp-bc replied 6 years ago.
HeyCustomer

When I saw your original question I didn't see "the already tried" area.

So I wanted to comment on a couple more things. Bad breath is caused by the breakdown of food in your mouth around your teeth. By alcohol consumption. Dental problems. Dry mouth. Smoking. These are the most common causes. Less common are chronic lung infections, diabetes, and kidney or liver failure. These are less common causes. Including reflux and GERD. Also sinus infections.

Again I would use a toothpaste and mouthwash with chlorine dioxide at least twice daily. Rinse your mouth frequently with water and especially after eating. Here is another link.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bad-breath/DS00025/DSECTION=1

There is also a lot of information on what the chinese medical community believe about a white coated tongue. Here is an article on that.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_246/ai_112728002

It might be worth checking out some of their suggestions.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Sarah
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