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This question was submitted by a general dentist: In the last month, I have had 3 patients complain of a salty taste in their mouths, what could be the cause? б
Dr. Gary Klasser in collaboration with Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Discussions Editor, provided this quick initial response When introduced in the oral cavity, food interacts chemically with salivary components which, in turn, stimulate taste receptors. These receptors are most commonly found on the superior surface of the tongue as well as the palate and epiglottis, but also occur in tissues like chemosensory cells of the alimentary tract, brain, pancreas and airway epithelium. Normally, saliva has a high sodium and chloride composition; however, because the amount of salt in saliva remains consistent and taste buds adapt to this, our saliva does not taste salty. Taste alterations may be due to CNS pathology, head and/or surgical trauma, middle ear infection.

Additionally, an excessively salty taste in the mouth can be attributed to an increase in the saliva salt concentration or to an increased sensitivity of taste buds to salt which in turn may be due to the following reasons: Excessive tears: tears drain through tear ducts inside the nose and can drain into the back of the throat leading to increased salt sensations in the mouth. Sinus infection and post-nasal drip: mucus may have a high salt concentration and typically drips into the back of the throat. Acid reflux: while acid reflux is mostly responsible for producing a sour or bitter taste in the mouth, it can also be the cause of a salty sensation. Diseases of the Salivary Glands: autoimmune diseases, such as SjogrenБs Syndrome Denture adhesives: adhesives flavouring may contribute to an increased salt sensation. Patients should consult their physicians for advice and to explore whether any prescription medication or over-the-counter medications/herb/ supplements might be responsible for this sensation.

LeWine H. Causes of Salty Taste in Mouth. Harvard Health Publications; 2009. Sumanth Kumbargere N, Naresh YS, Srinivas K, Renjith George P, Shrestha A, Levenson D, Ferraiolo DM. Cochrane Database Sys Rev. 2013;4 :CD010470 doi: 10. 1002/14651858. CD010470. Available: http://onlinelibrary. wiley. com/doi/10. 1002/14651858. CD010470/abstract Lorber M. JAMA. 1985;253(6):778 Do you have any particular question on this topic? Do you have any comments or suggestions? б Email us atб You are invited to comment on this post and provide further insights by posting in the comment box which you will find by clicking on БPost a replyБ below. You are welcome to remain anonymous and your email address will not be posted. б Neurological causes: A can happen when thereвs a tear or hole in the membranes surrounding your brain.

The hole allows the fluid that surrounds the brain to escape, dripping into your nose and mouth. See your doctor if you experience a leak as well as nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness, or cognitive changes. Hormonal changes: Your gums may bleed or become more sensitive during. As a result, a metallic taste is, but the changes are individual to each woman. is another time when women may experience taste changes. Medication side effects: There are over that may cause a salty taste in your mouth. Medications may also cause dry mouth and a range of other side effects. If you suspect your medication is behind the change in taste, talk to your doctor. Chemotherapy side effects: People undergoing for cancer treatment often report changes in taste due to damage to the taste buds and salivary glands. Dry mouth is also common, especially in those being treated with radiation for head and neck cancers.

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