Bad taste in mouth? What can be the reason?

Wondering about what’s the reason behind the bad taste in the mouth? The definition of bad taste can vary. It can be bitter, foul, salty, exceptionally sweet, or even metallic. There are various reasons and health conditions that can give rise to baste taste in the mouth. 

Through this blog, we will take a look at some of the most common reasons for bad taste in the mouth. 

  1. Poor oral hygiene and dental problems 

This is the most common reason behind horrible taste. Poor oral hygiene leads to the accumulation of bacteria, which in turn leads to infectious diseases and the formation of pus which can contribute to bad breath and foul taste.

  1. Dry mouth (Xerostomia)

A dry mouth happens when your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva. This can lead to a dry, sticky feeling inside the mouth and can predispose to bad baste and multiple dental problems as the mouth lose its natural fighting mechanism. 

  1. Oral thrush 

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a fungal infection of the mouth which is also a common cause of bad taste as well as foul breath. 

  1. Sinus and respiratory infections

Sinusitis, colds, ear infections, tonsillitis, and other respiratory tract infections can all affect a sense of taste and smell. 

  1. Hepatitis

It is a viral infection of the liver, and one of the earliest symptoms is a constant bitter taste in the mouth.

  1. Hormonal Changes 

Pregnancy results in massive hormonal shifts that can cause sensory alteration, which includes a bad taste in the mouth. Menopausal women too often complain of a bitter and metallic taste in the mouth.

  1. Medications

Certain antibiotics, blood pressure medications, cancer therapies, etc., can also cause a bad taste in the mouth. 

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments also alter our taste perception. Other conditions that can predispose you to bad taste can include gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).

If you are experiencing bad taste, it is of the essence that you schedule an appointment with us and get it checked at the earliest. If you have any more questions or wish to know more about our services, please reach out to us. Our team of excellent professionals at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants is here to assist you in your journey to impeccable oral health. 

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