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A 23-year-old female asked:

I have had a horrible taste in my mouth for three months. it tastes like hairspray. what could this be? i quit smoking around this time.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Dysgeusia: Need to determine the cause. Your bad taste and/or bad breath may be coming from periodontal problems, cavities, infections, or acid reflux. Once the cause is determined then treatment can be instituted. The smoking may have masked the problem.
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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
Surprisingly (to me): this hairspray taste in the mouth has been reported by others...usually associated with pregnancy! Other reported causes are hormonal medications (birth control pills), certain antibiotics, some vitamins, very dry mouth, bleeding gums. Anxiety with dry mouth can also contribute. I'm not sure how quitting smoking might be related. Drink lots of water. Ask dentist/doctor next time you're in
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Last updated May 1, 2018


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