Do you have a strange taste in your mouth?

Do you have a strange taste in your mouth?

People facing such problems should take special care of their oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing the teeth is extremely important in this regard.

Metallic taste

Due to many reasons, individuals sometime feel a constant metallic taste in the mouth. This persistent metallic sensation indicates that something with the oral hygiene is wrong. The basic factors which can lead to such a taste are:

·         Pregnancy

·         Dehydration, this occurs when the individual does not consume adequate amounts of drinking water. Due to the insufficient intake of drinking water, the mouth stays dry and this leads to an alteration of the taste of the mouth.

·         Poor oral health is also a main reason behind the metallic taste of mouth. Poor oral hygiene not only leads to dental diseases, but also disturbs the taste of the mouth.

·         Dental appliances like dentures or dental fillings can also cause this problem. Individuals who have such dental appliances fixed in their mouth might also feel a constant metallic sensation.

·         Poor hygiene of the tongue.  Cleaning and brushing the teeth is important, but likewise, the cleanliness of the tongue should be maintained as well. This could be done by brushing the tongue regularly with a tongue cleaner.

·         Some medications have the side-effect of causing a metallic taste in the mouth. Usually, due to the necessity of such medications, this cannot be avoided. Such medications include antibiotics like metronidazole or medications for hypertension, etc.

·         Some food items, particularly pine nuts, also have the potential to cause a metallic taste in the mouth.

Sweet taste

Having a sweet taste in the mouth after eating or drinking a sweet item is natural. But if you constantly feel a sweet taste in the mouth, then it can be quite annoying. This problem does not allow the individual to enjoy the other food items perfectly. The main causes of having a constant sweet taste in the mouth are:

·         Indigestion.  Individuals who suffer from digestion problems and who suffer from GERD might experience this problem. In some conditions, the acids in the stomach travel upwards and reach the mouth again. This is the reason the individual might have a sweet taste.

·         Pseudomonas infections.  This is the infection which might be caused by pseudomonas, a bacterium.

·         Neurological disorders.  This might be caused when the nerves of the nervous system do not function perfectly and do not send and receive the right signals to and from the brain.

·         Diabetes

Foul taste

There are numerous causes for having a constant foul taste in the mouth. These causes include:

·         Medications.  The consumption of certain drugs and medications might cause a foul taste. Particularly, the medications with zinc preparations have great potential to cause the problem. Some anti-thyroid and neurological drugs have the ability to cause a foul taste. Moreover, besides medications, treatments like chemotherapy can also lead to this problem.

·         Halitosis. This is the name given to the problem of having bad breath. Persistent halitosis might even alter the taste of the mouth and can create an offensive taste.

·         Oral hygiene is extremely crucial in this regard. If the proper oral health is not maintained, then numerous problems will occur, amongst these, having a bad taste in the mouth.

·         Pregnancy

Certain diseases have the symptoms to cause a foul taste of the mouth. These include fever, nasal problems, cold, flu, diabetes, throat and gum diseases, cancers, and indigestion.

Bitter taste

There can be many factors which can lead to developing a constant bitter taste in the mouth. The most significant in this regard is the consumption of pine nuts. It is a very common phenomenon that individuals feel a bitter taste in the mouth after eating pine nuts for a short period or even many days. Pine nuts are often used in salads and are also sprinkled over certain dishes. Despite the good taste, these pine nuts have the tendency to leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

Moreover, some people experience a bitter taste in the mouth after they eat something sweet. Although strange, this phenomenon is very common as well. The basic reason is that the taste buds on the tongue of these individuals get used to the sweet taste and afterwards, if anything else is eaten, the individual would feel a bitter taste or no taste at all.

The causes which can lead to a bitter taste in the mouth include diseases like diabetes and jaundice. People who have recently gone through root canal therapy also experience the problem.

Salty taste

Just like any other strange taste of the mouth, a salty taste in the mouth can be due to numerous reasons. These reasons are:

Salty taste in the mouth can be due to dehydration. When the individual does not drink sufficient water, the salivary glands do not produce adequate saliva. This leads to dehydration and also the alteration of the taste of mouth.

Radiotherapy and certain drugs can have the effect of altering the taste of the mouth. The drugs which can make the taste of the mouth salty include particularly cancer drugs. This is due to the fact that such treatments and drugs affect the taste buds. These drugs include methotrexate, cisplatin, vincristine, etc.

Sinus infections, allergies and excessive production of mucus in the throat can lead to post nasal drips. Due to the drainage of the mucus into the mouth, the taste of the mouth can become salty.

When the individual does not maintain proper oral hygiene, various diseases of the teeth and gums could exist due to bacterial infections and these dental diseases can cause a salty taste in the mouth.

Acid taste

The basic reason behind having an acid taste in the mouth is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In this disease, the acid of the stomach comes up to the esophagus and even to the mouth. One of the most significant symptoms of GERD is heartburn. This disease exists when the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach, the lower esophageal sphincter, does not function properly. As a result, the acid of the stomach reaches up to the mouth. Eventually, the taste of the mouth alters as well and the individual feels an acidic taste in the mouth. This condition also starts damaging the tooth enamel.

Sometimes, the lower espophageal sphincter of the individual might be functioning properly, but due to over eating or eating too fast, the stomach produces excessive acid and this acid also reaches the mouth of the individual. Eventually, the individual would be feeling an acidic taste in the mouth.


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