Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Salty taste in mouth
for about 7 days have very salty taste .........i am on no meds. i drink 3 glasses of milk a day & 4 glasses of water per day.....i do have a loose upper bridge due to a very loose tooth that is holding the bridge on one side.......is this a serious problem.? help.
You should see a dentist to make sure that an infected tooth or gum problem isn't draining into the mouth. Either of those can cause a salty taste, and treatment would result in resolution of the salty taste.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, then this could be a common sensory neuropathy (abnormal nerve sensation) called burning mouth syndrome (BMS), which in your case seems to have a predominant "taste phantom" (sensation of salty taste) component. This is an annoying problem, but not serious. You can find more information about BMS at the link below.
Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University