What’s This White Spot on My Tongue?  

August 9, 2021 - toothbar - 0 comments White Spot on My Tongue
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When something is going on with your oral health, it is natural to be concerned. Although a white spot on the tongue is usually harmless and goes away on its own, it never hurts to have it checked by Austin Preventative Dentistry. With a dental examination, the white spot will be diagnosed and treated.

Common Causes of White Spots on the Tongue

It is shocking to see a white patch developing on your tongue. Fortunately, these spots are rarely anything to worry over. There are some common reasons white spots can develop on your tongue. Please tell your dentist about any spots, so they can be checked.

  1. Oral Thrush: Sometimes, a white spot will eventually spread over the entire tongue and cheeks. When this happens, the cause is often oral thrush. Oral thrush is caused by an overgrowth of candida. Thrush must be treated by Austin Cosmetic Dentistry, as it requires antifungal treatments.
  2. Canker Sores: Canker sores are highly common. These tongue sores typically go away on their own, but if they last longer than two weeks or are particularly large, it is important to go to the dentist.
  3. Leukoplakia: A white spot could also be leukoplakia. These thick white or grayish spots are sometimes caused by heavy alcohol consumption or smoking. While they generally clear up quickly, after the cessation of alcohol or smoking, they can sometimes develop into oral cancer. To protect your oral health, see the dentist regularly.

When Should You Visit the Dentist?

In most cases, a white spot on the tongue will go away within a few days, but it is always wise to seek Austin Preventative Dentistry. You should see the dentist if the spot grows larger, starts to spread, begins bleeding or does not go away within two weeks.

Preventative Care

Keeping your mouth clean is highly essential for the prevention of white spots on your tongue or anywhere else in the mouth. Often, these spots develop because of an overgrowth of bacteria.

In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day at home, it is important to see Dr. Kimberly Barclay or Dr. Lauren Jacobson for preventative care appointments and Austin Cosmetic Dentistry. They offer a wide range of dental services to keep your mouth healthy.

Call the Dentist Today

If you notice a white spot on your tongue, there is no reason to panic. Even if there is an infection, the dentists at the Toothbar will offer comprehensive treatment and give you peace of mind in knowing your oral health is in good hands.

A white spot can be scary to find, but the Toothbar is here to help. With a full examination, you will discover what has caused the spot and what can be done to treat it effectively.

Call today to schedule a dental appointment right away. Austin residents rely on the Tooth Bar for all their dental needs, carried out in a relaxing atmosphere that makes them feel comfortable throughout their appointment.

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