Your nose and taste buds work together to help you enjoy the experience of eating. But they can work against you when you start randomly experiencing an foul taste or odor coming from your mouth.
What’s behind that bitter, salty, or metallic taste? Here are nine possibilities to discuss with your dentist.
Inadequate Home Care
Improper brushing and flossing could accidentally allow smelly bacteria and food debris to accumulate into a film you can literally taste.
Saliva naturally cleanses your mouth and reduces acidity. But if you’re suffering from xerostomia (dry mouth,) your mouth may taste unpleasant.
Bacteria can infect teeth and gums to the point of releasing odors that both taste and smell bad. These symptoms could indicate tooth decay, a dental abscess, or gum disease.
Pregnant women and women experiencing menopause often complain of a bitter or metallic taste in their mouth.
A wide range of prescription medications can be to blame for a strange taste that just doesn’t go away.
Sinus Infections and Allergies
Sinus (and even respiratory) infections can cause a temporary unpleasant taste.
Suffer from GERD? When acid from the stomach makes its way to your mouth, you’ll notice a bitter aftertaste. This condition often causes a bad taste in the mouth when you wake up in the morning.
Thrush is a common type of yeast infection affecting denture wearers and people with compromised immune systems. The fungal growth will alter your taste until the infection clears up.
High levels of anxiety can cause unexpected changes in the way you taste things.
Still not sure what could be causing an odd taste in your mouth? Contact your dentist for a consultation.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
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