White spots on the tongue 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 patches. The only monster you should be wary of is your own hygiene.
Where do white spots on the tongue come from?
White spots 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 spots on the tongue or in the mouth 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 tongue spots 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). Types of these infections are oral thrush, leukoplakia, or oral lichen planus.
How do you treat white spots on the tongue?
Some types of white tongue spots are very painful, while others are numb to feeling. If you are one of the unlucky people with a painful white spot on your tongue, 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 spot 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 spot on your tongue.
Generally, white spots on the tongue 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 spots on the tongue that spring from a dirty tongue, the best treatment is to clean your tongue regularly and avoid tobacco and alcohol products.
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 spots in the future.