Does your sense of taste seem off these days? If so, your Temecula dentist explains that an altered sense of taste (called Dysgeusia) may occur due to a variety of factors. So, before you assume your taste buds are forever destroyed and foods will never taste the same again, rest easy and schedule a visit with us. You will typically find that by addressing the underlying issue, things will go back to normal. For now, consider some common causes.

It Could Be Dry Mouth

Did you know that the problems you’re experiencing with your sense of taste might be due to dry mouth? When your saliva flow is impaired or the saliva you’re producing dries out quickly, you’re left with dried oral tissue. In order to taste optimally, you need moist oral tissues! Your Temecula dentist suggests drinking more water, addressing issues causing a dry smile, and coming in for a visit if you’re in need.

It Might Be Hormones

If you’ve heard that pregnant women can suddenly find food repulsive that they once loved, it’s true. When hormones shift, it can affect many things, including your sense of taste! If you suspect this is the case, you may wish to speak with your doctor.

Sometimes, You’re Just Congested

If you’re “stopped up,” then you cannot smell very well. If you can’t smell, your ability to taste the foods and beverages you’re eating becomes a bit blocked, as well. You need not only your taste buds but your sense of smell, too! Treat the congestion. Simple.

It Could Be Your Smoking

When you smoke, it often alters your sense of taste. If this is a continuing problem, you are lucky! Your Temecula dentist explains, when you quit smoking, your taste buds will generally return to their usual selves.

Come In For A Visit When Something Changes

Whether foods don’t taste the same anymore or some other change occurs, we always encourage you to come in for a dental visit for answers. Give us a call in Temecula, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.