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Bad Taste in Your Mouth? Here’s What May Be Causing It!

February 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_hagerty @ 3:47 pm
Tongue hanging out of a mouth

Are you experiencing a bad taste in your mouth even after brushing? Though eating or drinking certain items can leave a strange taste behind, a constant bitter or metallic taste means that it is very likely that you have a legitimate problem. Read on to learn what may be causing this odd sensation and how you can stop it.

Dental Hygiene

One of the most common causes of dysgeusia, a condition that causes a person’s sense of taste to be altered, is poor oral health. Bacteria buildup on your tongue can cause food and drinks to taste strange. Conditions like oral thrush or dental infections like an abscess or gum disease can also affect your tastebuds. If you believe any of these are the cause, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. A proper dental care routine can help reverse this problem. But if brushing and flossing twice a day doesn’t put a stop to your problem, your dentist can perform an exam or take X-rays to find the cause and treat it.


Medicine that is taken for issues like auto-immune diseases, diabetes and antibiotics can cause a metallic, bitter, salty or rancid taste. Calcium, iron, multivitamins, prenatal vitamins and other dietary supplements can also create a bitter flavor. While you may not be able to do anything about this side effect during treatment, the problem should be resolved.


The brain is what makes it possible to determine certain flavors as they cross your tongue. If you experience any kind of nerve damage or have brain tumors, epilepsy or head trauma, your tastebuds can become altered. Medications used to treat or minimize the effects of these health conditions can contribute to the problem as well.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Acid reflux, also known in the medical field as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the bile, an acid created by your liver, makes its way from your stomach and into your esophagus. This can cause foods and drinks to have a foul or bitter taste as well. Bile is specifically made to assist with the digestion of foods, medications or beverages you consume. As it climbs into your esophagus, it can lead to heartburn, nausea, hoarseness and even cause burning. Some over-the-counter or prescription medications can help to minimize or possibly eliminate these issues. Another way to keep these issues at bay is to avoid acidic foods, eat smaller meals and maintaining a healthy weight.

Stress and Anxiety

Physical reactions within the body can also cause problems for your sense of taste. Stress and anxiety cause chemical reactions within the body that can affect your tastebuds. Anxiety can also cause dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, which can make things taste very bland or possibly metallic.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with dysgeusia. If the bitterness in your mouth persists and it is not caused by food or drinks, your dentist can help determine the cause and devise a plan for treatment.

About the Practice

At Lansing Elite Dental, Dr. Gary Hutnik is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with personalized, top-quality dental care. He received both his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Hutnik has been transforming smiles and treating oral issues for more than 30 years. If you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth and nothing seems to help, contact the office at (517) 886-9696 or visit the website to schedule an appointment.

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