Perhaps the most common symptom shared by people with chronic bad breath - tongue coating - usually white or yellow in color, is perhaps the easiest way to tell that your breath isn't as fresh as it could be. Bad breath was a personal problem of mine for years, and understanding what this coating on my tongue was and why it caused bad breath was a very key part in how I got rid of my bad breath for good. In this article I'm going to tell you what I learned about the connection between the bad breath and the persistent tongue coating. I'm also going to let you know about a potential treatment that you're going to want to get your hands on.
If you've suffered from the whitish coating on your tongue, then you probably already know that it's not simply unattractive; it also carries with it a characteristic taste in the back of your mouth, that only gets worse after you eat certain foods. In essence, you are tasting your own bad breath.
When I first asked my dentist what I could do about my persistent bad breath and the white coating on my tongue, my concerns were dismissed as trivial. Unfortunately, dental school does not spend a very large amount of time teaching its students how to deal with bad breath. In most cases, aspiring dentists are taught that brushing and flossing are enough to cure all bad breath problems. You and I know that this couldn't be further from the truth.
Almost all cases of bad breath are caused by a specific bacteria that makes its home in your mouth, mostly on your tongue. These bacteria produce odor producing sulfur when they break down protein. While these bacteria produce a valuable service and help you break down your food, in your case, your tongue has a certain geographic layout that causes it to store mucous that is high in protein. As the bacteria breaks this down all day long, the result is that you are stuck with persistent bad breath.
If you truly wish to cure your bad breath (tongue coating will clear up naturally as you do this), then you should know that scraping your tongue alone is not good enough. The proper method involves creating a less hospitable environment in your mouth for the culprit bacteria that lives on your tongue. You also need to neutralize the sulfur that this bacteria produces as it breaks down proteins.
As you fix the problems associated with your bad breath, you will notice that the white coating on your tongue is also reduced. Still, getting rid of the white coating on your tongue is only a bonus; the main benefit of fixing this problem is no longer having to rely on mouthwash and gum to keep your breath fresh all day