It is embarrassing to talk about, but it happens, and it has to be addressed - foul tastes in your mouth.
While this is relatively normal, if you have a lingering bad taste in your mouth, you may be dealing with a more significant condition. Here are three problems that could be causing a yucky taste in your mouth, and how your dentist in Lafayette can help.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum disease is an infection of your gums and jawbone. It typically results from poor oral hygiene, and chronic bad breath is a telltale sign of gum disease. It can also cause a nasty taste in your mouth.
Catching gum disease in its early stage (gingivitis) gives you your best chance of treating it successfully with a thorough cleaning and improved home care. Contact your dentist right away if you notice a bad taste in your mouth, stinky breath, or gums that bleed or appear irritated.
Infection or an Abscess
When your tooth is infected, it is likely that you may experience a foul taste in your mouth. A dental infection won't go away on its own, so if you're noticing this combined with sensitivity or full-blown dental pain, contact your dentist. Root canal therapy may be able to get rid of the infection and preserve your tooth.
Dry mouth is a common dental condition often caused by certain medications, age, or tobacco use. When your mouth doesn't have enough saliva, it becomes difficult to eat and swallow foods, and you may notice a nasty taste in your mouth accompanied by bad breath.
Drinking extra water throughout the day can help dry mouth, and your dentist may recommend medication for severe cases.
If you need help dealing with a bad taste in your mouth, contact Dr. J. Jerome Smith and Dr. Daniel Domingue to discuss your concerns and learn about your options.