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Bad Taste in Mouth All the Time

Naomi Sarah May 6, 2019
Got a case of bad taste in mouth all the time? Here you'll find out why you're experiencing this particular sensation, and what to do about it...
Often while we eat, or when we wake up in the morning, there is a foul kind of taste that resides in our mouths. It is either because it has been closed off all night, thus fueling the growth of bacteria overnight, or because we have a kind of infection or problem we're not aware of.
There are certain day-to-day activities and habits that we indulge in that cause our mouths to give off a particular kind of odor. Either we're not in the habit of taking care of our dental hygiene, oblivious to eating the right kind of food, or possibly kept in the dark about a disease.

What Causes Bad Taste in One's Mouth?

We delve into why a foul taste occurs in one's mouth, during different times of the day on a recurrent basis.

Oral Hygiene At Its Worst

The condition that comes forth for those who have prolonged bad breath, is called halitosis. The mouth gives off the kind of odor that is very unpleasant and noticeable when one speaks to another.
This is due to sulfur molecules that are evident in the mouth, which then break down byproducts and protein when bacteria feast on them. Even foreign particles like food or small pieces of bone can get lodged between teeth, resulting in bacterial growth.

Underlying Diseases

There are certain illnesses like cancers (oral for instance), infections of the mouth, gum disease, tooth decay and so on, that cause a bad taste in one's mouth. Sometimes the taste buds sense a different taste all together, like a bitter taste. Depending on what the problem is, the taste in one's mouth tend to differ.

Medications involved

Neurological drugs, or zinc medications can leave a metallic taste in one's mouth. Even chemotherapy can do the same to one's taste buds where patients have to constantly suckle on either lozenges or liquids to distract the taste buds from the odd taste.

Nasal Issues

When our sense of smell is hampered, our taste buds immediately get affected as well, being interconnected and interdependent on each other. Therefore problems like nasal infection or polyps, colds, allergies, sinusitis and so on, can as a result leave an abnormal taste lingering in our mouths.


Pregnant women tend to notice a taste that is bad in nature, emitting from their mouths. Over time this sensation tends to wear off and is normal in such cases.

Treatment for Bad Taste in Mouth

Here's what you can do to combat that foul taste.
  • To freshen up your mouth, you should ingest citrus-based liquids like orange, lemon and use vinegar in foods that all promote saliva that will help flush out the bad taste.
  • Chew on parsley, cloves or mint leaves, and cut down on onions and garlic from your diet.
  • Oral hygiene is important in everyday life. Be sure to floss regularly and brush your teeth twice a day. Use a mouthwash as part of your dental hygiene regimen (once in the morning, and again before bedtime), to keep bad breath under control.
  • You can mix together a solution of one part water with a quarter teaspoon of salt, which you can then gargle with once a day, everyday until your breath improves.
  • Chew on small bits of cinnamon in its raw form, if you ever experience a metallic taste in your mouth.
  • Eat large portions of fruits and vegetables to help eliminate bad breath.
  • Gargle your mouth after you ingest beverages or milk products.
  • Use a toothbrush that has a tongue cleaner on the opposite side to scrub off stubborn bacteria deposits.
  • Drink lots of water, since the mouth tends to give off a bad smell when it is dry and not hydrated.
The taste you sense in your mouth can be helped if you take care of the oral cavity by also getting regular dental checkups done. If signs of the same persist, go to a doctor and have it analyzed and do what is needed to help yourself get the necessary treatment. Have a safe tomorrow.