Many people enjoy sweet tastes. But if you find you have a sweet taste in your mouth all the time, even if you haven’t eaten any sweet food, it can get irritating and you might wonder what’s causing it. A sweet taste in the mouth that you can’t get rid of is usually caused by an internal problem with the body’s function. This problem can cause repeated episodes of unwanted sweet taste in the mouth.
Of course it’s natural to have a sweet taste in your mouth after eating something sweet such as chocolate, ice cream or candy. However, an ongoing sweet taste in your mouth, which might not even correlate to what you have eaten, can be sign that you have an underlying condition that might need treatment. Let’s take a look at some of them.
• GERD (gastro escophageal reflux disease) is a condition which causes a reflux of food particles into your mouth. You will sometimes taste and smell the food. GERD has symptoms which are common with other illnesses, and therefore it can sometimes be hard to diagnose. GERD causes many different symptoms which can leave you confused as to what is going on with your body, and on some occasions a more serious condition can be misdiagnosed as GERD.
• Indigestion can cause you to have a sweet taste inside your mouth. If you have problems with acid reflux, you are also prone to indigestion. Acid reflux occurs when excess acid in your stomach is sent into your esophagus, which leads to the sweet taste.
• Pseudomonas infections are caused by a type of bacterium, knowing as pseudomonas. Pseodomonas can cause several different health problems. The most common symptom of pseudomonas infection is problems with your sinuses. If psuedomonas causes problems with your nose, ears or sinuses, it can interfere with your taste sensastions. A loss of taste in your mouth can be a side effect of such sinus problems. The ear infection that is commonly called swimmer’s ear can be caused by psuedomonas. It can cause a range of symptoms including breathing problems, chest pain and nasal congestion, along with issues with taste.
• Neurological disorders can affect your sense of taste. The nervous system is in charge of the senses, including taste. Your nerves can be connected to either your spinal cord or your brain, and work by sending out and receiving electrical signals from your brain. If you develop a neurological disorder (such as epilepsy or another seizure disorder, or a stroke), it can affect your sense of taste.
• Diabetes can cause a sweet taste in your mouth. This is caused by poorly controlled glucose levels in the blood. As blood glucose levels go up, there is more glucose present in the saliva which can lead to a sweet taste – in fact this is quite often noted by people with diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes can cause health problems including neuropathy, which also compromises the sense of taste.
• Nerve infections can also cause problems if the nerve that sends taste signals is damaged in some way. The damage can cause you to lose taste, or can manifest as a constant sweet or metallic taste inside the mouth. Such damage is usually caused by a virus that infects the nerve, disrupting its electrical impulses.