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5 Possible Causes of a Bitter Taste

October 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — universaldental @ 11:32 am
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Have you ever noticed a bad taste in your mouth, even after you’ve brushed? Having a bitter taste in your mouth after eating something sour or pungent is fairly common, but a perpetual altered taste in the mouth, called dysgeusia, is not. This condition can be described as a bitter, metallic, salty or rancid taste. Keep reading for 5 causes of dysgeusia and what it could mean for your oral health

Oral Health Issues

Poor oral health is one of the most common reasons for a bad taste in the mouth. It can cause a buildup of plaque and bacteria on your tongue and cause a bitter taste. Other oral issues that can cause a bad taste is dental infection and abscesses, oral thrush, gingivitis or gum disease. The best way to combat this condition is to brush twice a day, floss at least once daily, and visit your dentist regularly. If the taste persists, your dentist can help figure out a plan of action to correct it.

Gastrointestinal Issues

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, is caused by bile or stomach acid rising into the esophagus. Bile is a fluid produced by your liver that aids with digestion. In addition to a sour or bitter taste in the mouth, acid reflux also causes heartburn, upper abdominal pain, nausea and hoarseness. If you experience any of these symptoms, there are many over-the-counter or prescription medications that may be able to minimize or eliminate them. Another way to treat this condition is to avoid acidic foods, eat smaller meals and maintain a healthy weight.

Supplements and Medications

Calcium, iron, vitamin D, multivitamins and prenatal vitamins are all capable of causing a metallic taste in your mouth, especially if taken in large amounts. Medications like anti-inflammatories and antihistamines or prescription medications for diabetes, heart conditions, auto-immune diseases and antibiotics can also cause a bitter or metallic taste. Once you finish the medication, the taste should go away.

Neurological Conditions

Tastebuds are directly connected to nerves in the brain. Conditions that can affect these nerves and cause an altered taste include brain tumors, epilepsy, dementia and head trauma. The medications used to treat these conditions can also cause a bitter taste in your mouth.

Stress and Anxiety

When anxiety and stress levels are high, this can stimulate responses in the body that can alter the taste in someone’s mouth. Anxiety can also cause dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, which can lead to a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth.

An unexplained bitter taste in the mouth is not a condition that should be ignored. Visiting your dentist is the first step to resolving it. After finding the underlying cause and treating it, the odd taste should disappear. 

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