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What is Dysgeusia?

Posted on 2/15/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A man suffering from dysgeusia; causing his tongue to have a persistent metallic taste. Have you ever heard of dysgeusia? This term is a complicated way to explain a taste disorder, as in an abnormal taste in your mouth that just won't go away. It could be described as metallic, rancid, or salty. It's a pretty uncommon disorder, and when it does arise, it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of the problem because so many causes can alter taste. For example, certain infections can result in mild forms of dysgeusia, including strep throat, the common cold, and the flu.

Other Causes of Dysgeusia

In addition to common illnesses, there are other potential causes to dysgeusia. Some originate right in your mouth, including gingivitis, advanced gum disease, an oral yeast infection, or a dental abscess. Smoking could cause this problem, as could dry mouth, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, or problems with the metabolic or endocrine systems.

Treating Dysgeusia

Treating dysgeusia generally involves identifying and treating the cause. If it isn't possible to treat the cause, such as a case of irreversible nerve damage, it can be difficult to do anything about the symptoms. Other circumstances, such as treating an infection or dry mouth, can drastically improve your symptoms of dysgeusia.

Prevention will also play a role in avoiding some of the causes of dysgeusia. If you smoke, quit, and if you are suffering from chronic sinus problems, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly will also prevent some of the oral heath causes of dysgeusia from beginning or from getting out of control.

If you are noticing a strange taste in your mouth that doesn't seem to go away, give us a call to set up an appointment. We can rule out dental health causes, including gum disease and abscesses, and we can provide you with guidance on how to proceed in order to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of this condition.
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