Have Medical Questions? Ask a Doctor Online!
Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.
there can be many types of oral infections.
gum infections tend to be bacterial and so treatments with antibiotics such as metronidazole, augmentin, peridex antibiotic oral rinses, salt water rinses can help.
white thick coating on the tongue which can be scraped off by a tongue depressor tends to be a sign of a fungal infection which would need an antifungal treatment like nystatin swish and swallow or diflucan or fluconizole.
just a white colored tongue does not mean you have a thrush tongue fungal infection.
a white colored tongue can be from mouth breathing, dried saliva, poor appetite, lack of nutrients in the diet and other causes.
you could have a stomach H Pylori bacterial infection which could possibly be affecting your tongue
you should be tested for this.
there are blood antibody tests and stool antigen tests to check for H Pylori bacterial infections
dairy and lactose tends to cause gas and diarrhea symptoms if people don't have lactase enzymes in their bowels to help break down lactose diary sugar.
gargling with salt water is a safe fast way to help fight bacteria in the mouth as well