White tongue lesions are difficult to diagnose on the internet because tongue lesions can represent any ulcer, bump, or abnormality on the tongue.
Causes of White Tongue Lesions
Sometimes white tongue lesions are spots of fungal or bacterial infection on the tongue (ie. oral thrush, lichen planus) that appear as white patches. Other white tongue lesions are canker or cold sores that appear on the tongue or the sides of the mouth.
White tongue lesions can also indicate anemia, vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition, skin diseases, and HIV.
Commonly white tongue lesions simply appear from exposure to something, whether it is mint flavored gum, acidic food, powerful toothpaste, tobacco, alcohol, or spicy food. These white tongue lesions are usually tender to touch and movement, and may result in difficulty speaking, eating, and tasting, depending on how much of the tongue has been affected.
White Tongue Lesions Treatment
There are many ways to treat white tongue lesions depending on what caused them and what the patient is most comfortable with. Most white tongue lesions should clear on their own within three to five days. For those that don’t, see a doctor for a clear and correct diagnosis.
In the mean time you can gargle with salt water or diluted hydrogen peroxide. Try to avoid foods or beverages that may have caused your tongue lesions, as well.
Most importantly, practice good oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth, flossing, and brushing your tongue regularly, your mouth will have a better fighting chance against whatever is ailing it (especially if the ailment is bacteria).
Brushing your tongue with an Orabrush–a most wonderful and effective tongue brush–will remove bacteria and food residue from your tongue. Talk about a fast way to a clean mouth and a happy tongue with no more white tongue lesions!