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What could be the cause of a white tongue?

I am a 22 year old male and my tongue is white in the middle. No matter how hard I clean it. What could be the cause of a white tongue?

7 Answers

Use a tongue scraper to remove plaque from your tongue.

Normally, the tongue is red in color. Due to its own anatomy the tongue will collect plaque. It’s like a shag carpet, so using a tongue scraper and tooth brush to maintain. Medications can also stain the tongue. Dehydration is also a known culprit.
Hope this helps.
Oral thrush is one condition that may cause the tongue to appear white. Oral thrush is a fungal infection caused by the Candida yeast. Oral thrush causes patches to develop in the mouth and on the tongue. These patches usually have a white or off-white color and may have an unpleasant taste. Please see your regular dentist to have this looked at and the appropriate prescription given.
It is probably not a big deal, but it could be several different things. See your dentist and they will decide whether to biopsy and determine exactly what it is.
A lot of my patients complain of a white coating on their tongue. I would purchase a tongue scraper, essentially a plastic scraper that can be found at any drugstore and use it once a day as part of your normal oral hygiene regimen.
Having a white tongue should not cause you much concern. Some tongues are smooth, others are rough and attract food that get caught in the surface of the tongue. This is normal. Buy a tongue scraper and use it daily. You will be surprised what comes off your tongue and your breath will be better, too!
Are you taking any medications? Or using a mouthwash? See a dentist for evaluation.