Author: Lizzie Smith – blog last updated on Tuesday 15th January 2024

Do you suffer from bad breath even though you brush your teeth properly? If so, there’s a good chance that your foul breath odour comes from the layer of white or yellow deposits on your tongue. This is by far the most common cause of bad breath. Furthermore, as the deposit on the tongue thickens, you can also get an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

The connection between white tongue and bad breath

Like on and between your teeth, a mix of bacteria, tiny food particles and saliva can stick to the tongue. The tongue’s surface is also rough, making collecting this dirty white deposit extra easy.

Some people suffer more from a white tongue than others. This is due to several factors, including how rough your tongue is, how much saliva you have in your mouth, and even your lifestyle and diet.

white tongue and bad breath

However bad it is, we’re sure you don’t want white tongue and bad breath! Harmful bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and excrete smelly sulphurous gases. Imagine it like the bacteria is popping on your tongue! Especially the rough back part of your tongue, which is the bacteria’s ideal place to hang out.

As with your teeth, you should clean your tongue daily. However, you shouldn’t do this with your toothbrush. Instead, use a tongue scraper or a special tongue brush. A tongue brush has very different bristles than your toothbrush, which suit your tongue’s soft and rough texture. Tongue brushes clean much deeper than a flat tongue scraper, which only scrapes the white deposits from the tongue’s surface.

The RyttPro Clean Tongue Kit contains an even more ingenious tongue cleaner. This unique kit includes a tongue brush with soft bristles, a tongue scraper, and the RyttPro Oral Foam. This foam allows you to clean between your tongue papillae with the tongue brush side even more effectively. You can wipe the deposits and foam from your tongue with the scraper side.

treat tongue plaque

RyttPro Oral Foam contains, amongst other ingredients, stabilised chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and zinc acetate. This formula kills harmful bacteria and adequately neutralises their smelly gases while respecting the oral flora’s balance and acidity in your mouth. Glycerin and aloe vera have been added to soften and condition the tongue.

Always pay attention to the ingredients of your toothpaste and mouthwash.

In your fight against these nasty white deposits, it’s essential to look closer at the components of your toothpaste and mouthwash. Many oral care products contain harmful ingredients that disrupt the natural balance of the oral flora. Although antiseptics fight harmful bacteria, they also take the beneficial bacteria with them. In addition, chemicals such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and artificial colours and flavours are often added. Ingredients that disrupt the natural balance of your oral flora should always be avoided, especially if you want to get rid of your white tongue.

The most effective products are the ones that keep the oral flora intact as well as fight against harmful oral bacteria. Examples include JuliBrite Chewing Toothpaste and JuliBrite Mouthwash. There’s also the JuliBrite Tongue Clean Kit package for effectively cleaning your tongue.

tongue waste

RyttPro also has a mouth-friendly formula, just like the RyttPro Oral Foam mentioned above. The toothpaste and mouthwash contain an effective combination of stabilised chlorine dioxide, zinc and cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC). These ingredients combat harmful oral bacteria effectively, but without disturbing the natural balance of the oral flora. 

Address any dry mouth complaints

Harmful bacteria in your mouth, and, therefore, on your tongue, thrive better in a dry mouth. Saliva acts as the teeth’s natural protection. It’s rich in oxygen, which harmful anaerobic bacteria can’t handle well. In a dry mouth, the white deposits on the tongue grow faster than in a salivary and oxygen-rich oral cavity.

Moist-R Refreshing Tongue Spray is a great way to hydrate your mouth and stimulate saliva production.

Treating a thick layer of white or yellow tongue deposits

Is the white or yellow deposit on your tongue persistent? If so, after using the RyttPro Tongue Cleaner combined with RyttPro Oral Foam, you can do something extra to get a lovely, clean tongue.

white tongue

After brushing and scraping, use a few drops of Bergenfeld Tongue Serum on the back of your tongue to penetrate deep into the tongue tissue. This product has a safe formula that doesn’t disturb the natural balance of your oral flora. Yet it does eliminate harmful bacteria and their smelly gases. To take maximum advantage of the deep cleansing effect, you should wait a while before eating or drinking.

A clean tongue

Even after intensive treatment, you should control the bacteria on your tongue. With the help of the RyttPro Clean Tongue Kit, you can do this quickly and easily. This kit keeps your breath fresh and reduces the risk of gingivitis and caries (cavities). A clean tongue keeps your mouth healthier, which has a beneficial effect on your overall health.


British Dental Association:  Myth busters on brushing your teeth

Health Line: 5 Reasons to Scrape Your Tongue and How to Do It

British Dental Journal: Tongue scrapers may reduce halitosis in adults