White tongue coating can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose white tongue coating, we could:
|Candida / Yeast||25%||Unlikely|
|Mercury Toxicity||1%||Ruled out|
|Tonsil Stones||1%||Ruled out|
|Weakened Immune System||1%||Ruled out|
Looking in the mirror, is your tongue covered by a white coating? A healthy tongue is smooth, moist, pink or pale red in color.
Possible responses:→ No / the coating is another color / don't know
→ Yes, there is a slight white coating
→ Yes, there is a heavy white coating
A white coated tongue can be due to an accumulation of volatile sulfur compounds on the back of the tongue and throat. These compounds are created by anaerobic bacteria living under the surface of the tongue and are the same sulfur compounds that cause bad breath and the foul smell experienced when you break open a tonsil stone.
White tongues can be found in people with weakened immune systems.
A white, coated tongue is a sign and symptom of what doctors call Oral Thrush. Candidiasis of the mouth and throat, also known as a "thrush" or oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC), is a fungal infection that occurs when there is overgrowth of fungus called Candida. Candida is normally found on skin or mucous membranes. However, if the environment inside the mouth or throat becomes imbalanced, Candida can multiply. People with white tongues may have painless, white patches in their mouths and throats, but wiping away the white patches will generally cause soreness.