Why do I have a bad taste in my mouth?

Getting an unpleasant taste in your mouth once in a while is nothing to worry about – it could be caused by anything from eating strongly flavoured foods to using tobacco products. However, if the taste remains in your mouth all the time and you are unable to get rid of it by brushing and rinsing, a trip to the dentist may be required.



Causes of unpleasant taste in the mouth

Poor oral hygiene

Dental health issues such as cavities and gum disease may be the underlying cause of the taste you are experiencing. Not brushing and flossing regularly can cause gingivitis, which is often associated with an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Other types of dental problems, including infections and abscesses, can also cause a bad taste. Brushing and flossing and rinsing daily with an antibacterial mouthwash will help to prevent these issues, as will regular dental check ups with your hygienist. If you are experiencing oral health problems already you should make an appointment with your dentist to establish the cause of the issue. Symptoms to look out for include:

·         Tooth sensitivity

·         Red or swollen areas in your mouth

·         Bleeding gums

·         Bad breath

Dry mouth (xerostomia)

When your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva you can get a sticky feeling in your mouth that is often accompanied by a lingering unpleasant taste and bad breath. Saliva is important for good oral health because it washes away bacteria and food particles that collect in the mouth. Some of the causes of dry mouth include:

·         Tobacco usage

·         Stress

·         Aging

·         Some medications

·         Cancer therapy

·         Autoimmune disorders

You can help to manage the condition by sipping water throughout the day, chewing on sugar-free gum, and using an alcohol-free mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay.

Medical Issues

Some medical conditions can cause an unpleasant taste in the mouth, including:

·         Acid reflux

·         Oral thrush

·         Respiratory infections

·         Neurological conditions

·         Hepatitis B

·         Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy or the menopause)

If you suspect that your issue is related to a medical ailment, seek advice from your doctor as soon as possible.

Treatment for unpleasant taste in the mouth

There are a number of effective remedies you can try to alleviate a recurring bad taste in your mouth:

·         Brush and floss twice a day, and use an antiseptic mouthwash.

·         Sip water regularly throughout the day.

·         Avoid tobacco products.

·         Chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production.

·         Make regular appointments with your dental hygienist.

At Blyton Dental, we take pride in offering the best possible care to our patients, treating them in a friendly, caring manner and delivering the best quality dentistry at affordable prices. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact one of our helpful team members today. We look forward to your visit.