Mouth hygene

Why Do I Have A Bad Taste In My Mouth

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Why Do I Have A Bad Taste In My Mouth

A bad taste in your mouth is normally brought about after eating. It can be caused by a wide range of medical conditions, some of which might be serious and detrimental to health if not treated quickly. If you are wondering why you have a bad taste in your mouth, we recommend taking a look at this OneHowTo for a list of the potential causes.

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A persistent feeling of bad taste in you mouth combined with bad breath is often caused by cavities , gum disease or plaque build-up. Therefore, it's extremely important that you pay your dentist a visit as soon as possible and that you also make drastic changes to your dental hygiene to keep your mouth healthy. Don't forget to brush your teeth, floss and use a fluoride mouthwash after every meal. For more information on dental hygiene, take a look at the following article on How to care for your teeth and gums properly.

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The are gastrointestinal problems that can also cause a bad taste in your mouth. One of the most common is gastric reflux or heartburn, which is when stomach acid splashes up into the oesophagus and up towards the mouth, giving way to a metallic or acidic taste. For some tips on how to treat this condition, we recommend looking at this article on Home remedies for acid reflux.

Other gastrointestinal conditions which can lead to a foul taste include esophagitis, stomach ulcers, gastritis or gastroenteritis.

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Other possible conditions that can cause this problem and can be due to other symptoms such as irritation, redness and severe discomfort or pain, which include mouth ulcers, mouth infections caused by fungi such as oral thrush caused by the Candida albicans fungus. You should be prescribed the appropriate treatment for your particular condition. Certain viral infections can affect the sensory cells in the tongue and alter tastes. You can tackle some of the causes of bad taste in mouth by using sea salt for teeth.


Another cause of bad taste is taking certain medications. Antibiotics, anti-thyroid or zinc tablets in particular can lead to a metallic taste. Typically, this bad taste disappears a few days after treatment has ended. Chemotherapy medication can also affect the taste of the mouth, making it more bitter.

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It is normal for pregnancy to alter taste too. This is due to hormonal changes that occur, especially during the first three months. This can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

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Besides these listed above, there are more serious condition that may be responsible for this bad taste, including oral cancer or tongue cancer. If you experience a prolonged bad taste in your mouth and, particularly if it's accompanied with other symptoms or changes in your mouth, we urge you to see a doctor as soon as possible.


If you have determined that the bad taste in your mouth is not due to a serious condition, you will probably have bad breath. This is why at OneHowTo, we show you how to get rid of bad breath quickly.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Why Do I Have A Bad Taste In My Mouth, we recommend you visit our Family health category.

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mark vogler
Drink some water in the morning & then had a bad taste in my mouth, for 4 hrs.
I have diabetes and dry mouth and I am 71.
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