I saw a specialist and he told me I have plaque on my tongue .I was treated for thrush but it didn't go away (family doctor).and he sent me to an Infection Specialist who said it was Plaque.I use Biotene right now.I scrape my tongue with a special scraper.I brush at least 3x a day.
Plaque that has built up on the tongue needs to be removed with a tongue scraper or a toothbrush. If you have an aversion to scraping or brushing your tongue, you can use an anti-bacterial mouthwash,such as chlorhexidine but it will not be as effective in removing the plaque. Daily use of chlorhexidine may help to prevent more plaque build up.
Like you I didn't find a scraper to be good. The secret is in how you brush and eating yogurt and don't eat yeast bread or sugar things. It's caused by a bacteria imbalance in your digestive system. That's where yogurt helps- it has the right bacteria. Yeast bread feeds the bad bacteria as does sugar. I found myself very hungry for bread just before a breakout. Just because you don't have symptoms- it doesn't mean that it is gone.
Now brushing. You need to brush your teeth well- rinsing your tooth brush often, brush the roof of your mouth, your gums, checks, under your tongue, and as far back into your throat that you can. Rinse your mouth well and use a good mouth wash- I like listerine, my dentist likes scope. What probably really made the difference was using new tooth brushes, because the old tooth brush puts the yeast back in your mouth another day.
It took me almost a year of doing this to get rid of it, but my whole body is so much more comfortable, my breath is better, food tastes better. I still brush my teeth several times a day. good luck
My dentist has me using a scraper and birch sugar. This sugar is just a tiny bit you brush on your tongue and hold In your mouth until it fully dissolves. He has been promoting this method and it works well. Birch sugar is a natural anti bacterial agent. It has worked really well for me. My tongue is healing from dry mouth, lesions and the effects of intermittent thrush. I now have regular pink tongue areas rather than bleeding crevices. Brushing the tongue did not do it for me. Perhaps this will work for you. It is used five times a day, 1/4 teaspoon each time. It does not affect diabetes or other problems. It inhibits yeast growth as well.
I swear by Biotene... all of the oral products. It is also important to get your diet under control and as our lovely meyati has explained... there is quite a routine to it all. The only thing is for me, I had to use the Biotene because the other mouthwashes and rinses burn my mouth - that was the reason for the Biotene as recommended by my oral surgeon. Nothing worse than having thrush and your mouth on fire from some of those oral rinses.
Best of luck to you and I hope you find comfort through it all. It does get better and it does take time.
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