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What’s That Bad-Tasting Spot on Your Gums?

Posted in Gum Disease

You may describe the taste coming from your gums as salty, bitter, or rotten. The foul taste may also linger on your breath in an offensive odor. What’s going on?

Bad Taste in Gums Indicates Infection

Healthy gums don’t have any taste, so any offensive one suggests that there’s something wrong. If the strange flavor is accompanied by a toothache or a nearby cavity, then that may mean a ruptured abscess is to blame.

But what if your teeth are just fine? It could mean the infection may be in your gums, themselves.

Bad Breath: Sign of Gum Disease?

Also called periodontitis, gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection. Germs in dental plaque make the gums inflamed and tartar buildup irritates the tissue. As the infection progresses, the gum tissue starts to break down and necrosis sets in. This, coupled with the plaque bacteria, leads to a foul taste in the mouth and noticeably bad breath.

Signs You Have Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious oral health concern. If left untreated, it will lead to the loss of teeth. It also puts your body at risk of developing other conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

There’s always the possibility that you just have a piece of food stuck below your gums. This can cause temporary irritation and a bad taste. But you may have periodontitis if the bad taste coming from your gums stays with you for weeks or months.

Other signs of gum disease include:

  • Gum recession
  • Puffy, swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus at the gumline

To find out whether a gum or tooth infection is causing the bad taste in your gums, contact a dentist.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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