Life without taste buds? – Not Fun!

Taste problems from dental or oral causes can be frustrating. Could gum disease cause taste and odor problems? Gum disease creates an active infection in the mouth and can alter the taste of your food and the odors produced by your mouth. If you have experienced a desensitized palate or have noticed a metallic taste in the mouth, periodontal disease may be one of the root cause. This is also true of noticeably bad breath. The solution for odor may be the treatment of periodontal disease, because the bacteria that cause gum disease create an active infection, produce a sulfur-like smell, and deepen the periodontal pockets, allowing food to become trapped between the teeth and gums.

Taste Problems and Bad Breath Contributing Factors

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth or dehydration
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Prescription drugs
  • Issues with tonsils or sinuses
  • Use of tobacco products

If you are embarrassed by your taste problems and bad breath (halitosis) and would like to discuss bad breath treatment options, visit our Board Certified Periodontist. A simple evaluation of your mouth and medical history may determine the cause of your bad breath. The solution may be a small alteration of medicine or nutrition or periodontal treatment. If dental treatment is necessary, an outlined plan with detailed cost will be provided for you during your FREE Consultation appointment.
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