Salty taste in mouth is not something we encounter every day. But I did experience this odd taste before and I would say that it was not the nicest taste I ever had. Even if there was nothing in my mouth or I did not eat anything salty, the taste was still there. It is good that I only had it for a short time.
Based on some articles I read, I was not alone with this problem. Many people have also experienced having an abnormal taste in their mouth. Some have a metal taste in mouth, others have a sweet taste, and some have experienced a burning sensation in their mouth. These odd tastes in the mouth could go on for days and some even for months or years. It could affect a person’s appetite for food as the taste could linger even while eating other foods that taste differently.
As I was getting to the bottom of this abnormal salty taste, I found out that there are several possible causes for this problem. One is oral problem which could be a gum disease, tooth decay or oral infection. That is why people with lingering salty taste in their mouth are more often advised to see first their dentist before seeing a physician. Treating the oral problem could also put an end to the taste problem.
If oral problem is not detected, the next step is to see your doctor. There are several underlying health conditions that could also affect your sense of taste. These include a digestive disorder like gastroesophageal reflux disease which can be treated with lifestyle changes. A sinus infection could also be the culprit as it can cause salty postnasal drip. This problem can be treated with antibiotics. Certain medicines can also leave a salty taste in the mouth. These include antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, medicines for blood pressure, and sedatives. Additionally, for some women, hormonal changes during menopausal stage may also cause this problem.
Normally, the salty taste issue will just go away once the underlying condition is treated. In the case of certain medications causing it, switching medications is the best resort. But it is important that your doctor first determines your underlying condition. If your doctor is not able to diagnose your problem, you may be referred to a chemosensory center where you would undergo a series of tests and evaluation. This includes a sip, spit and rinse test which can help evaluate your sense of taste. Apart from that, there will also be a test that will evaluate your sense of smell. Smell and taste are closely related. In some cases, people who are perceived to be experiencing an odd taste in their mouth actually have problems with their smell but they don’t realize it.
Having an abnormal taste in the mouth is not something we should take for granted. It may just be a taste for you but it could also be a sign of an underlying and more serious health problem that needs immediate treatment. If you have a salty taste in your mouth and it lingers for several days, it is best to see your dentist or physician as soon as possible.