White tongue is generally harmless, and may be helped by gently brushing your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper and drinking plenty of water.
Make an appointment with your doctor or dentist if:
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- You're concerned about changes in your tongue
- Your tongue hurts
- Your white tongue persists for longer than a few weeks
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