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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

White and Peeling Tongue

11/24/2010

Question:

I have not had anything spicy or hot for quite a while and this morning my tongue was peeling and it`s all white. Just wondering if this is something I should be worried about.

Answer:

The symptoms that you described can occur with several infections and reposes to some drugs and foods. It sounds as if you could have a fungal infection. This often occurs if you have reduced immune response or have taken antibiotics recently. The only way to know for sure is to visit your dentist and have the condition properly diagnosed. In almost all cases there is a simple solution to the problem.

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Response by:

D Stanley Sharples, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University