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Palm City, FL
A 19-year-old female asked:

when i rub my tounge on my gums and teeth i taste a burnt/rotting taste...am i loosing my teeth?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Likely gum infection: It may be that when you press your gums with your tongue, you are expressing pus from a gum or tooth infection. This drainage, depending on the underlying bacteria involved, can have a strong odor/flavor. If you want to keep your teeth, get it evaluated and treated.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 20 years experience
Infection: What you are tasting is probably due to an infection. You should go to the dentist and be evaluated for periodontal disease or other possible infections.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Periodontitis: Sounds like acute gum disease. You are probably tasting puss.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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