Tongue Is Cracked and White

Posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2007

Question for Ted re Chronic halitosis. I have tried many products - none successful. I get an on again, off again bad taste in my mouth. Burning tongue from some foods and strong rinses. I have a white coating on tongue and my tongue is fissured and cracked with little blotches. Worst part is the halitosis. I have struggled with yeast problems in the past. Help! I need the best way to clean my mouth and not injure my tongue or tooth enamel. I'm desperate.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
385 posts

This condition I have seen cured, but some patience is needed. A baking soda solution as a mouthwash will reduce the excess acid buildup from the acid tongue. Do that often. One tend to do as much as 10 times per day because his tongue was tearing off. Of course that quick solution solved the acid tongue problem or acid tasting tongue.

Take some 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 glass of water three times a day on an empty stomach with a pinch of potassium bicarbonate or potassium citrate will help. Often you may need larger dose, but this can only be recommended upon a noticeable improvement of the mouth conditions.

It takes about 1-2 weeks for condition to improve. The diets of high protein I have seen to be the cause, and now I guess it is coming with a vengeance. So it will take awhile to reduce this problem.

The fungus tend to thrive in acid environments, so just taking plenty of bicarbonates, and avoiding all acid forming food especially fried foods, bread, pizza, sandwiches, pastries, sugar, white flour, will really really help. Just make sure the diet is 80% leafy green vegetables and whole fresh fruits. No canned, no prepared food and absolutely no snacks. Beans and legumes are taken on once a week or less than 10% of diets. Too much tends to cause a large buildup of oxalates, which of course causes kidney stones, especially when the body's bicarbonates are low.

It is funny that there is no current medical literature dealing acid tongue or even acid tongue remedy, while I have to face this problem quite often. Are the medical practices getting ivory tower?

Replied by Vicky
Miami, Fl

You may have canidae. Take Probiotics (best to boost up the good bacteria), brush teeth with baking soda, rinse with hydrogen peroxide, then Listerine. Make sure you floss daily and brush your teeth after every meal. This may be hard to do but try as often as you can. I noticed my breath was worse after drinking sodas, milk, coffee, chocolate, basically anything with sugar and protein. I started drinking lots of water and adding raw onions to almost every meal, lots of veggies. I would have a fruit occassionally as a treat only. Make sure you drink your vitamins.

I would like to also recommend getting the prescribed mouthwash from your Dentist to give you a little boost to try to fight this bad breath. That's what I did and it encouraged me to the everything I mentioned above and I have 85% better smelling breath than before and it's been 6 months since I started this regime.