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What does it mean when your tongue is white and swollen?
By Mayo Clinic Staff White tongue is the result of an overgrowth and swelling of the fingerlike projections (papillae) on the surface of your tongue. The appearance of a white coating is caused by debris, bacteria and dead cells getting lodged between the enlarged and sometimes inflamed papillae.
Is white coating on tongue a serious problem?
White coating on tongue is not a serious problem. But, when you observe it on the mirror the reflection staring back can frighten you. The harmless condition can cause embarrassment as it reflects your oral hygiene. The white-colored coating on your tongue can cover your whole tongue or appear as small spots.
What causes white coating on tongue after smoking tobacco?
Smoking tobacco causes inflammation or swelling of the taste receptors. Bacteria, fungi, dead cells and other debris can get trapped in the swollen taste buds to cause an infection that results to white coating on tongue. The smoke from tobacco also contains chemicals that are harmful to mouth tissues and your health.
What does it mean when you have a white coating?
What does a white coating on tongue mean? A white coated tongue occurs when bacteria, fungi, debris and dead cells get trapped in enlarged or inflamed papillae that are found on the surface of your tongue. In most cases, this condition is harmless to your health and temporary.