Causes. 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 it bad to have a white tongue?
Most of the time, the cause of a white tongue is harmless and temporary. The surface of your tongue is covered with papillae. If your tongue is entirely coated in white, you are likely to have an inflammation of the papillae that is caused by dead bacteria, debris and dead cells getting stuck among them.
Is thrush in the mouth contagious?
Oral thrush, a fungal infection, is not considered contagious. The causative fungus, Candida albicans, is often already a natural inhabitant of the mouth and throat. When the oral environment changes (usually due to an immature or depressed immune system), the fungus can multiply and cause symptoms.
How do you get oral cancer?
Factors that can increase your risk of mouth cancer include:
Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others.
Heavy alcohol use.
Excessive sun exposure to your lips.
A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
A weakened immune system.