Thrush and White Tongue

Mouth | Odontologie | Thrush and White Tongue (Symptom)


A white tongue is a symptom of abnormality of the tongue as well as an indication of a problem with breathing. People with a condition known as geographic tongue are definitely more likely to experience a white tongue. Geographic tongue simply means a language with an exaggerated amount of cracks, which are excellent places for bacteria that cause halitosis problem staying.

A healthy tongue should look slightly moist, smooth and pink. Under certain conditions, a geographic tongue may appear white, yellow and even black.


Bleaching on the tongue may occur when there is a build-up of bacteria and debris on the surface of the tongue due to mild dehydration, illness (when there is less use of language to speak or eat), or dry mouth. A bleaching of the upper layer of the tongue or the presence of white spots or patches on the tongue can also be associated with infection or chronic inflammation of the tongue surface. Certain oral infections such as thrush are characterized by a white tongue. Swelling and whitening of the tongue may also occur due to drought or activities such as smoking. White spots on the tongue, known as leukoplakia can be precancerous lesions.