Why Do I Have a Bitter Taste in My Mouth?

June 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmedaugh @ 10:46 pm

Woman tasting something unpleasantCertain foods and drinks can leave a bad taste in your mouth. However, certain dental issues can also make you pucker your lips. If you have a bitter taste in your mouth that just won’t go away, there could be an underlying problem. It’s not something to ignore. Here’s why you should contact your dentist to get to the source of the foul taste.

Causes of a Bitter Taste in the Mouth

Certain oral and general health issues can cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth. A few of the most common culprits include:

  • Acid Reflux: Stomach acids can travel up your esophagus to the back of your throat and mouth. It can leave a lingering taste with no treatment. Many medications can help treat acid reflux when used along with a few diet changes.
  • Infections: Infections can cause a bitter taste, like an abscessed tooth or gum disease. Sinus infections can also be a cause. It’s best to visit a dentist or healthcare professional to rule out potential infections.
  • Illness: It’s not uncommon for illness to cause bad breath and a foul taste, especially if you have post-nasal drip. Manage your symptoms with over-the-counter medications and keep your mouth clean to combat oral bacteria until you’ve recovered.
  • Medications: Medications and supplements can leave a metallic taste behind, like those containing zinc, iron, or copper.
  • A Dry Mouth: If your mouth is too dry, it creates a great environment for oral bacteria growth. As harmful bacteria get out of control, it can lead to unpleasant odors and tastes. Stay hydrated to keep your mouth moist.
  • Oral Thrush: Oral thrush is a yeast infection that happens within the mouth. Medications and good oral hygiene can treat it.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: If you don’t brush or floss enough, it can cause a buildup of food particles and plaque. It can also lead to cavities and gum disease, all of which can leave a bad taste behind. It’s best to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every night. Finish your brushing and flossing routine with an antimicrobial mouthwash.

If you have a persistent bitter taste in your mouth, it’s time to contact your dentist. It can be a symptom of many issues, like decay or infections. They will pinpoint the source to provide the quick care you need to keep your foods flavorful and breath fresh.

About Mark D. Medaugh

Dr. Medaugh earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania as a Pierre Fauchard Scholar. He combines the art and science of dentistry to create healthy, beautiful smiles. He is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you have a bad taste that won’t go away, request an appointment through our website or call (413) 289-5113.

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