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Why do I get a salty aftertaste?

Why do I get a salty aftertaste?


Q. For several months, I've experienced a salty taste on my tongue. What can I  do to fix this problem?


A. The salty taste could be caused by your taste buds becoming far more sensitive to salt (which is frequently a side effect of medicine) or by high salt concentration in your saliva, which can occur if you get dehydrated. Other possible causes of a salty taste include the following:



●  Excessive tears that leak from the lower eyelids down the nose and back of the throat via the tear ducts


●  A disease of the salivary glands that can result in decreased saliva production and a salty taste


● Acid reflux frequently results in a sour, bitter, or salty tongue taste.


A metallic or salty taste in your mouth may indicate oral bleeding. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including eating sharp foods such as chips or brushing your gums too vigorously. If your gums bleed frequently after flossing or brushing your teeth, you may have gum disease (gingivitis).


My main recommendation is to increase your water intake. For instance, increase your usual hydration intake by three additional 6-ounce glasses of water. If the salty taste lingers, consult your doctor or pharmacist to determine whether one of your medications may be to blame. If none of these remedies works, consult your doctor about the possibilities of other illnesses.


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