Have a Bitter Taste in Your Mouth? It Might Mean You Have a Periodontal Infection
Do you have a bad taste in your mouth that won't go away no matter how much mouthwash you use?
We have all had tastes that linger in the mouth as a result of something we've eaten. But a persistent bad taste or one that comes up unexpectedly may be a sign of an underlying condition, and the only way to resolve it is to get to the source of the problem.
What Causes Altered Taste?
Altered taste in your mouth is medically referred to as dysgeusia and can manifest as a metallic or even foul odor. Many conditions can contribute to dysgeusia such as acid reflux, pregnancy, menopause, or even nerve damage. Commonly, though, the underlying cause is related to oral health problems.
One oral health problem many people deal with is dry mouth. Also referred to as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs when the there is insufficient saliva in the mouth to keep it moist. Dry mouth may be a result of pre-existing conditions, the medications you take, or tobacco use. Saliva rinses away harmful bacteria in the mouth, but if you're not producing enough, more bacteria survive, causing a bad odor in your mouth.
If you have dry mouth, bad breath is not your worst problem. Since bacteria remain in your mouth longer, they can also cause periodontal infection (gum disease) which can also create a foul taste.
Call Premier Dental to Learn More
If you have a bitter or bad taste in your mouth, it's a good idea to contact your dentist who can get to the source of the problem. In some cases, periodontal treatment at our Orangeburg, NY dental office is all that's needed to eliminate the taste and restore your oral health.
Please call Dr. Craig Aronson to learn how we can help!