Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Robert J. Moretta, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. - Sea Cliff Dental
18652 Florida St #300 Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 848-4247

Dr. Moretta provides a full range of dental services using high-tech equipment...

What Does Having a White Tongue Mean?

What Does Having a White Tongue Mean

Every now and then, you may notice that your tongue is white even though it should actually be a healthy pink. What does this mean? Well, normally you should not be alarmed, but it is important that you watch the color in the following days. In most cases, having a white tongue can be a result of the inflammation of the papillae which is caused by dead bacteria, debris and dead cells that get stuck on the surface. White tongues can be caused by:

  • Dehydration
  • Excessive mouth breathing
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking

In very rare cases, having a white tongue could mean something more serious like a disease or illness. If you are concerned about the changes or color of your tongue or the whiteness persists for more than two weeks, it is important that you visit your dentist to rule out any underlying cause.

We are here for all of your oral needs, including routine check-ups, dental cleanings, x-rays and more. Remember that you should visit a dentist at least every 6 months in order to be sure that there are no areas of concern. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers need the help of a dentist. Call us!

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