There’s nothing quite so confusing and frustrating when it comes to your sense of taste as having it suddenly shift on you. One moment, you know what foods and drinks taste like. The next? It turns out you may have been quite mistaken! Whether you notice that you have a metallic taste in your mouth, that you’re having trouble actually tasting foods, or that flavors just seem different, it’s a mystery you would really like to solve. Remember, our Columbia, TN team can be of service, as we help you understand what’s happening with your oral health and how to get back to enjoying foods and drinks as usual.
Bacterial Buildup Contributes
If you have not been taking your absolute best care of your smile, then your oral health may be under attack by an overgrowth of bacteria. Remember, twice-daily brushing, once-daily flossing, and preventive cleanings with us twice a year are all absolutely necessary. If you miss even one step, you may end up with plaque and tartar buildup, which can taste bad (and therefore, alter your sense of taste).
Oral Health Issues Can Come Into Play
In addition to the possibility that you have an accumulation of yucky tasting bacteria in your mouth, remember that the development and presence of oral health problems like tooth decay or infection can also create an unpleasant taste. That taste then alters the way the foods and beverages you consume taste. Take care of the issues with restorative dental care, so things go back to normal!
Hormones May Impact Flavor Interpretation
Did you know that if you go through a serious shift in your hormones, which includes things like puberty and pregnancy, that it can impact the way foods taste? With pregnancy, for instance, it’s common for flavors to seem different and it’s also common to have a metallic taste in your mouth. While this may last for a while, remember that it will also eventually go away! Come in for a dental checkup to be sure all is well with your oral health in the meantime.
You May Have Dry Mouth
Dry mouth? When you’re short on saliva, breaking down foods and tasting them becomes very difficult. This is a very good reason to come in to see us.
Find Out With Us!
As mentioned, when your oral health seems like it’s not at its best, it’s time to come in. See our team for the answers and guidance you need!
Address Flavor Concerns With Our Team
Remember that your ability to taste foods is a complex topic, which means there’s more going on than meets the eye. Learn more about your recent shift in interpreting flavors, so we may help protect your oral health! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.