Sore or white tongue
A sore or white tongue is not usually serious and is often easily treated.
use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth
brush your tongue or use a scraper to help improve a white tongue
use a straw to drink cool drinks
take paracetamol or ibuprofen
do not use a toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulphate
do not eat hard, spicy, salty, acidic or hot food and drink that may irritate your tongue
do not smoke
do not drink alcohol
- what's causing your sore or white tongue
- if you can buy anything to help with any pain or irritation
- if you should see a dentist or GP
Biting or burning your tongue with hot food or drink can cause pain and swelling. But this should only last a few days.
A white tongue can be a sign of a health condition.
Do not self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
Read about lichen planus.
Read about leukoplakia.
Read about geographic tongue.
Read about mouth ulcers.
Read about oral thrush.