Did you know that interpreting the flavors within the foods and beverages that you consume is a multifaceted experience? This might not be something you realized until recently, when something you expected to taste one way … suddenly failed to meet your expectations. What are some of the causes of having challenges with your ability with unlocking the flavors within the dishes, desserts, and more that you enjoy, you ask? Fortunately, our Riverside, CA team can help you quickly become more familiar with common obstacles (that you can overcome with the help of your Riverside dentist).

Dry Mouth

Not feeling like you can really taste the foods you’re placing in your mouth and chewing up these days? Find that you’re actually having a bit of trouble breaking down foods, too? This might have something to do with dry mouth, which is a disorder in which your saliva count is too low. The lack of saliva means you’re missing the ability to release flavors (and that you don’t have enough of the enzymes that let you do that). See your Riverside dentist for care!

Oral Health Problems

It’s also possible that oral health problems you’re experiencing and that need restorative treatment from your Riverside dentist are making foods and drinks taste different. When issues like tooth decay or infection are present, they can leave a bad taste in your mouth, which then contributes to the way everything tastes (and not in a good way!).


Congested? It’s going to make it much more difficult to interpret the flavors of foods because you need your sense of smell for that, too!


We remind you that any major shift in hormones, which in adulthood is often pregnancy, can cause foods to taste very different. Or, may cause you to have a metallic taste in your mouth. Don’t worry … it’s not forever!

Overcome Flavor-Related Obstacles With Our Team

When you realize you’re having some amount of trouble tasting the foods you usually enjoy and you assume it’s just your taste buds, remember that it’s time to come in to see us for a dental checkup and help! Give us a call in Riverside, 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.