A White bump on your tongue (sometimes called a “lie bump”) can be freaky. They sometimes appear overnight or in the middle of the day without you suspecting a thing. Don’t worry–gremlins haven’t been tampering with your mouth, planting these little white bumps. The only monster you should be wary of is your own hygiene.
Where does a white bump on the tongue come from?
White bumps on the tongue are most often the result of overly acidic, spicy, or hot foods that irritate your taste buds. Those taste buds become inflamed and grow little white heads to show how angry they are.
Other times, white bumps on the tongue are canker sores. Canker sores come from all sorts of things like extra stress, imbalanced hormones, or coming in contact with another someone’s canker sore (remember all that kissing the other night. . . ).
Then there are other white bumps on the tongue caused by bacterial infections on the surface of your tongue. That means your tongue is dirty, and it has finally decided to complain about not being treated properly (conveniently in the form of white bumps).
How do you treat a white bump on the tongue?
Some types of white bumps on the tongue are very painful, while others are numb to most feeling. If you are one of the unlucky people with a painful white tongue bump, you may want to get an over-the-counter numbing agent to help dull the throbbing.
In the mean time, avoid foods with high acidity like citrus fruit and anything with tomatoes. Acid will irritate your white bump even more, causing extra pain. You may also want to stay away from foods with sharp edges (chips, crackers, etc.) that could cut your mouth and the white bump on your tongue.
Generally, white tongue bumps heal on their own in about 4 to 10 days. If for some reason they don’t, or if the pain in your tongue increases, see a doctor. He or she may be able to diagnose exactly what is wrong with your tongue and give you more treatment options.
For those white bumps on the tongue that spring from a dirty tongue, the best treatment is to clean your tongue regularly.
How do you clean your tongue?
The Orabrush allows you to clean your tongue, harmlessly and effectively removing gunk from the surface of your tongue that can cause infections and bad breath. The soft micro-fiber bristles on the head of the Orabrush pull residue from your tongue.
All that bacteria removed makes for a happier tongue with fewer white bumps in the future.