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The taste buds on people’s tongues detect 5 different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. A shift in tasting abilities can be caused by many different factors, but the most common one is definitely a cold, or actually any kind of respiratory infections, since the sense of smell is very important for tasting, especially for complex tastes. Of course, an alteration in tasting abilities can be caused by a number of other problems too.


Basically, any kind of condition regarding one’s teeth or gums can be the cause of the bitter taste, so it is important to be on the lookout for any changes in this region.


If one is suffering from acid reflux disease, they are bound to be experiencing bitter taste in their mouth whenever eating, since that is when the stomach juices and acids leak into the throat and then into the mouth.

The main cause of this disease is overeating, an unbalanced diet, for example eating too much of spicy or fatty foods, as well as eating at wrong timings. Other symptoms of this disease include heartburn, bad breath, headaches, gas, bloating, sore throat, and nausea.


Certain medications and drugs, especially anti-depressants can also be the cause of bitter taste. Some prenatal vitamins can also have the same effect, as well as some of the regular antibiotics in certain cases.


Affects only women and only during pregnancies or periods, and the bitter taste is then caused by the switches between estrogen levels in a woman’s body.


Different kinds of metal poisoning can also be the cause of the bitter taste, although it is then usually joined by a sort of metallic taste too.


Different serious diseases such as cancer, liver malfunction or diabetes can have bitter taste as one of their accompanying effects.


Thanks to poor oral hygiene, bacteria and germs may accumulate, thus causing the bitter taste.

Ways to get rid of the bitter taste

The easiest way to get rid of the bitter taste is to find and decide what is causing it and then act accordingly. Several ways to do it would include flawless dental hygiene, realized by brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly.

Furthermore, brushing with baking soda and salt can be beneficiary in various ways, both with the taste and with the plaque and germs that accumulate on one’s teeth. Eating citrus fruits and drinking their juices as well as chewing on cinnamon and cloves would also be of great help.

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