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Feb
11

Why Do I have a Bad Taste in My Mouth?

Posted in Root Canals

There are several factors that can cause people to complain of a bad taste in their mouth. Knowing what causes the bad breath can help you correct the problem or choose other options to limit the taste altogether. Here are some common contributors to bad taste:

Dental Abscesses
A draining dental abscess can create a localized bad taste that may come and go depending on the current state of the infection. Abscesses are due to severe dental decay and cannot be corrected without root canal therapy.

Gum Disease
Periodontal disease usually originates between teeth, most often the lower front teeth or teeth farther back in the mouth. Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, and may cause a bad taste around areas with severe infections, as well as bad breath (halitosis).

Medication
Several types of medicine are known to cause a metallic taste in the mouth. Being able to control your condition is important; so don’t give up on your medication without consulting your medical doctor.

Health Conditions
Allergies, sinus infections, GERD and other conditions can cause drainage or alterations of the natural bacteria in the back of the mouth, leaving dental patients to have a lingering altered taste on their tongue. Managing nasal drainage in addition to multiple other health conditions can reduce the taste associated with them and also improve your breath.

Using essential oils or Xylitol gums throughout the day may not fix the problem that causes a bad taste in your mouth, but it can relieve some of the taste sensation as you seek to have these conditions improved in an adequate manner. Cleaning your tongue each day with a brush or tongue scraper can also remove foul tasting bacteria from your mouth.

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