There are more than 200,000 people who go to a doctor each year for problems such as taste disorders, and more cases go unreported. While our taste buds allow us to enjoy the sensations of sweet, sour, bitter or salty foods, a continued bitter taste in the mouth is unpleasant. The causes are complex and in order to alleviate symptoms, the underlying cause must first be identified.
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Visit a dentist. Dental problems commonly cause bad tastes in the mouth and treatment may be a solution.
Check your medications if you are taking any. Many cause numerous side effects including a bitter mouth. Review the information leaflets provided and if these are a potential cause, discuss alternatives with your medical practitioner.
Review your overall health. Colds, flu and allergies can produce large amounts of unwanted mucous that collect in the mouth and stomach. Speak to your pharmacist about possible treatments to reduce mucous production.
Check for digestive problems. If you suffer from gastric or acid reflux, or regular heartburn, this could also be a cause of a bitter mouth. Speak to your pharmacist or medical practitioner for suggestions on treatment.
Avoid eating pine nuts. These commonly cause a long-lasting bitter taste in the mouth for up to 10 days.
Reduce the symptoms. Avoid eating bitter or excessively sweet foods. Brush your teeth regularly, floss and use a strong mouthwash. Breath mints and oral sprays may also help.
Tips and warnings
- If a bitter mouth persists for more than a few days, or are concerned about your health, always speak to your pharmacist, a dentist, or a medical practitioner.
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