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A 25-year-old female asked:

I have a gross taste in my mouth & i cant get rid of it! randomly today i had a bad taste in my mouth & it just wont go away. i tried my tongue scraper, floss, brushing my teeth & tongue & using mouth wash twice?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
I assume you have no dental issues or current covid infection. Can you think of any reason for this such as medication, certain spices,acid reflux,etc?, multivitamins? Sometimes hormonal changes are responsible. Try drinking lots of water and chewing sugar free gum. I have referred people with chronic bad taste to the department of oral pathology at a dental school for evaluation & advice.
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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 56 years experience
You are following all the protocols for good oral hygiene. Your diet, medications, or reflux could be the cause of a bad taste. A salivary analysis or exam of a possible dry mouth is indicated. Ask a loved one what it smells like. A GI specialist may help.
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Dr. Perry Opin
Dr. Perry Opin commented
undefined 61 years experience
Often, Mal odor of breath and taste often is caused by the stomach, and or post nasal drip. mouth wash only masks the cause. Check with your doctor, and a gastroenterologist.
Jun 24, 2022
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
If you and your Dentist, working together, have ruled out the usual oral causes, it's time to look for Medical causes. Review your diet and meds (Rx, OTC, & Recreational) with both your Dentist & Physician. Seek examination by ENT (Sinus, tonsils, adenoids?), Your GP (Infection, diabetes?) and Gastroenterologist (Gerd?).
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Last updated Jul 17, 2022

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