Why Can’t I Get a Certain Taste Out of My Mouth?

If you have had a certain taste in your mouth recently, you should ask yourself a series of questions:

  1. What does it taste like?
  2. How long has this been going on?
  3. Has mouthwash or tooth brushing helped?
  4. Did I eat something unusual that could have caused this?
  5. When was the last time I went to my dentist?
  6. Is there pain accompanied with the taste?
  7. Am I taking a new medication?

While some of these questions may seem odd, they are important to ask yourself in order to rule out a series of items. For example, if an infection is present in the mouth it is common to experience a “bad” or perhaps, sour taste in the mouth, which may or may not be accompanied with some pain or discomfort . This can be common if an abscess is present and the pus is draining into your mouth. If this is the case bacteria can cause damage to other organs in the body putting you at higher risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. A dental infection should be treated immediately for this reason, and you should contact a dentist immediately if you experience this sort of taste. The dental team will be able to take an x-ray if the abscess is not noticeable with facial swelling.

Other causes for “certain tastes” can be because of poor oral hygiene, medications, over-the-counter- vitamins,, the result of different foods (onion or spices), or residual COVID-19 symptoms resulting in altered taste perception. If you are experiencing a “metallic taste” this can indicate a serious illness such as a kidney or liver problem, undiagnosed diabetes or even some particular cancers. Other times a metallic taste can be a result of certain prescription drugs like metronidazole, tetracycline, allopurinol, captopril, lithium, methazolamide, and metformin.

Please contact River Run Dental Spa:

If you are currently experiencing an unusual taste in your mouth, please know that you should have this looked at immediately to rule out any idea of infection! At River Run Dental Spa, we have wonderful dentists who are able to help pinpoint where this taste may be coming from and give you treatment options accordingly as needed. We welcome new patients in our office and encourage you to visit our website to schedule you as soon as possible! We have multiple office locations in the Richmond, VA area to best fit your needs.