24 May What does your Tongue tell about your Oral Health?
Many people do not know how your tongue can give you important information about your oral and overall health.
What your tongue looks like can reveal a great deal about what’s going on in your body.
White Covering on the Tongue
A white, cottage cheese-like covering on your tongue may indicate a yeast infection. It can affect both men and women.
It is a type of yeast infection, known as thrush.
While the reasons for such an infection may vary, antibiotics are a common culprit. Antibiotics kill bacteria in the body, even the useful ones. Not all forms of bacteria are bad, and many help your body function smoothly.
Antibiotics disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in your mouth, yeast infections, such as thrush, easily follow. Thrush can cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth and even some pain. Usually, a thrush infection will resolve on its own but it is best to see a dentist to ensure it doesn’t worsen.
White Patches on the Tongue
Smokers often have white patches on their tongue. These white patches, also known as lesions, are areas of excess cell growth and have a high chance of becoming cancerous. The patches are your body warning you that harmful chemicals in the cigarettes are causing cells to overproduce. These white patches are pre-cancerous signs and actual cancer could be close behind. They are telling you to quit smoking before it’s too late.