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What causes a white coated tongue?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: I have a "white" coated tongue and I have been very sluggish, are they related??
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Answered by Dr. Rovena Murati (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
detailed below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.

Welcome to Healthcare Magic.

A white coated tongue might have various causes like dry mouth,dehydration,smoking,alcohol use, poor oral hygiene etc.Mostly it is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria.
You can try to keep a very good oral hygiene and brush gently your tongue twice a day with a soft toothbrush or tongue scraper.You can use an antiseptic mouthwash
and drink plenty of water.
If you have been feeling sluggish for a while now ,you need to get examined.
In this case I would suggest to consult a physician and get examined.A detailed medical history and physical examination are necessary.
Some tests are necessary to exclude common causes like :
-Complete blood count to exclude anemia
-Blood sugar to exclude Diabetes.
-Thyroid function test to exclude Hypothyroidism.

Hope this helps.
Let me know if you have any other question.I would be happy to help.

Kind regards,
Dr.Rovena Murati
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What causes a white coated tongue?

Brief Answer: detailed below. Detailed Answer: Hello. Welcome to Healthcare Magic. A white coated tongue might have various causes like dry mouth,dehydration,smoking,alcohol use, poor oral hygiene etc.Mostly it is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. You can try to keep a very good oral hygiene and brush gently your tongue twice a day with a soft toothbrush or tongue scraper.You can use an antiseptic mouthwash and drink plenty of water. If you have been feeling sluggish for a while now ,you need to get examined. In this case I would suggest to consult a physician and get examined.A detailed medical history and physical examination are necessary. Some tests are necessary to exclude common causes like : -Complete blood count to exclude anemia -Blood sugar to exclude Diabetes. -Thyroid function test to exclude Hypothyroidism. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other question.I would be happy to help. Kind regards, Dr.Rovena Murati