Bad Taste After Brushing? Common Explanations
Have you ever brushed your teeth just to note that the yucky taste in your mouth is still lingering? It happens more than you would think and there are very particular reasons why it occurs. We have thousands of taste buds in our mouths, mostly on our tongues. With so many taste sensors, it’s easy to detect a taste that lingers – especially if you don’t like it. You may experience a bad taste in your mouth – even after brushing – from the following: Medication – anti-depressants, neurological medications and anti-thyroid medicines can leave a metallic taste in your mouth. The severity varies for individuals. Women in first trimester of pregnancy – can develop a bitter taste in their mouths, due to increased levels of estrogen. These side effects are temporary. Acid reflux – can cause a similar bitter taste due to stomach acid seeping into the throat. Tooth problems – tooth decay and other problems can cause a bad taste in the mouth. Gum infections can also be a cause. Halitosis – bad breath can also be a problem. Bacteria in the mouth caused by food particles stuck between teeth can also contribute to the rotten taste. Nasal problems – cold, allergies and other infections can leave a bad taste. Bacterial or viral remains of postnatal drip also taste unpleasant. Bad habits – Smoking or a poor diet can also lead to a bad taste in the mouth. Good oral health is the key to removing this bad taste. Brush twice a day and floss your teeth. Brush your tongue to remove debris and bacteria that can add to the problem. See a dentist or physician if the bad taste persists.