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Why does my saliva have a sweet taste toit?

Why does my saliva have a sweet taste toit?

Mixture of things: Saliva is mostly water mixed with proteins, enzymes, electrolytes and other compounds. Each of us has a different recipe and your may have a sweeter side to it. It is possible that you have food residue in your mouth which may be what you are tasting. ...Read more

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Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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What is the scientifically proven best mouthwash?

What is the scientifically proven best mouthwash?

Mouthwashes: The problem here is they all have their own "scientific" data. My take on this is somewhat complicated. Listerene is good because of a proprietary oil in their mouthwash. By brand, it is the only alcohol-containing mouthwash i recommend. The others i recommend specifically because they have no alcohol (drying of mucosa and destroy good bacteria). Non alcoholic are breath rx, act, fluorigard. ...Read more

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Can a diet be the cause of my sweet saliva ?

Can a diet be the cause of my sweet saliva ?

Need further tests!: You need to see an MD to check for other causes! ...Read more

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My saliva feels bubbley and it looks whiteish what could it be? I'm well hydrated and i'm getting sorta a weird nasty taste in the sides of my tounge

Difficult to answer: The answer is difficult based on only your statement. Possibilities could be plaque or calculus on your teeth, vitamin deficiency. More details needed. See your dentist. ...Read more

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Sister has a chipped molar and when she lay down or waked up in the morning, she has brown, old bloodish looking saliva from the tooth.Tastes weird to?

Sister has a chipped molar and when she lay down or waked up in the morning, she has brown, old bloodish looking saliva from the tooth.Tastes weird to?

See dentist asap!: It would appear that she has a serious dental problem. I wouldn't be surprised if she has more than one issue. When was her last dental checkup? It's already a serious issue and can get even worse quickly. Infections, and she may have one, can even be life threatening. She needs to see a dentist as soon as possible to see what's causing this and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Suffering very salty tongue, saliva since week, today my tongue become sour, lumpy taste buds are developing fast. Can't eat or drink. Please help.?

Suffering very salty tongue, saliva since week, today my tongue become sour, lumpy taste buds are developing fast. Can't eat or drink. Please help.?

See your Doctor: There could be several explanations for your symptoms. Viruses, bacteria or yeasts can be involved. You should see your pcp right away since you could get dehydrated. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis also cause metallic taste in mouth and pink foamy saliva?

Can costochondritis also cause metallic taste in mouth and pink foamy saliva?

NO sounds like: Something else altogether or unrelated. However pink foamy saliva and a metallic taste means that you are bleeding from somewhere in your mouth, throat or otherwise. If it persists i would seek medical care sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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My mom is having a funny thick saliva drying on her lip with a bitter taste. Why could it be?

My mom is having a funny thick saliva drying on her lip with a bitter taste. Why could it be?

Clinical exam needed: Please call your local dentist for an evaluation and thorough diagnosis. They will need to take a dental and medical history , and examine her oral condition. The dentist will then offer a diagnosis & remedy for your mom's condition. ...Read more

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