A White Tongue: Causes and Solutions

To maintain the balance and health of our mouth, it's very important to maintain good oral hygiene. We must also clean our tongue and use mouthwash with alcohol-based rinses.

A pasty, white tongue coupled with a strange taste is very common nowadays, but it’s also a sign that there might be something to take care of in our bodies: maybe you’re not eating well or have an upset stomach. We’ll explain.

Why is my tongue white, and why does it taste strange?

First of all, I’ll tell you now that such cases don’t usually mean anything extremely serious, and we can normally correct it at home through appropriate health and nutrition guidelines. Interestingly enough, there is a science called “glossoemeiotics” which is based on various conditions or diseases diagnosed by observing the state of the tongue.

Usually, the color of the tongue is associated with our digestion, our stomach and our liver. The appearance of sores or thrush is the same. We might be looking at a weakened immune system, where it would be necessary to raise our natural defenses. As you can see, it’s no mystery. They are only effects, results, and problems associated with a need to improve our diet. But let’s look at it more closely.

1. Oral candidiasis

How to treat thrush

They are what we call thrush. It’s normal, for example, that we not only see a white tongue, but we also experience burning and a strange taste in the mouth, trouble swallowing, and pain when we eat something hot or spicy. It is also normal that we get small sores in our gums, lips and side or top walls of the mouth or the back wall of the throat.

2. The need to also brush our tongue

Just as we brush our teeth, we should also give our tongues a light scraping. The tongue stores numerous bacteria that need to be removed and can also cause the whitish color on the tongue along with an uncomfortable taste. Remember, one gentle daily brushing and your tongue will look better.

3. Are you still smoking?

Don't smoke

If you smoke, we recommend once again that you decide to stop; for the sake of your health, your years, for the quality of your day to day life, and also for aesthetics. Your teeth yellow, your tongue suffers from disorders like this, it turns white and bacteria build up, causing you to wake up in the morning with a taste that is as uncomfortable as it is unpleasant. Decide to stop today.

4. Inflammation of the stomach


It is very common, and that white and thick tongue is one of the first symptoms. But you must also observe other effects. Does your belly feel swollen? Do you have gas, stomach pain, nausea, a little diarrhea, little desire to eat? These are usually other symptoms associated with the inflammation of the lining of our stomach, usually known as gastritis. Note that if these symptoms become much more serious, you should go to your doctor to receive proper treatment. Sometimes it is simply a weak inflammation that can last two or three days, with the “dirty tongue” as an example of a problem in your stomach that can be corrected through diet and appropriate guidelines.

5. The need for liver cleansing

Usually, a white or yellow tongue is almost always due to either a digestive problem, poor oral hygiene, or ultimately, the need to cleanse our liver. Let’s see what other symptoms we must consider in order to link this to a liver issue.

  • Decreased appetite with heavy digestion
  • Headache
  • Pasty mouth with a bitter taste
  • Swollen belly
  • Gas
  • Oily skin with pimples
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Neck pain
  • Cramps and poor circulation
  • Muscle fatigue

What remedies can we follow?


Usually, whenever we get a bad taste in our mouth or we see a white or yellow tongue, we should follow the following tips:

  • Eat white, fermented sugar-free yogurt once a day. This keeps the balance of good bacteria both on our tongue and our intestines, which also helps us improve our defenses.
  • Start the morning with a glass of lemon juice with half a teaspoon of baking soda. This helps cleanse our body and purify and raise our defenses.
  • Try eating raw vegetables in your salads: spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, peppers cut into small pieces, onions…
  • Raise your fluid intake. Water, natural juices; cranberry juices are purifying and take care of our digestive system as do carrots, beets, and apples. 
  • Also increase your fruit consumption: oranges, tangerines, and especially pineapples and papayas all have a high dose of vitamin C. They are easily digested, and they help us eliminate toxins.
  • Remember that when you brush your teeth, you should do the same with your tongue. You can also help yourself with alcohol-based mouthwashes.