September 04, 2020

Common reasons people experience a sour taste in their mouth are acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD, and poor dental hygiene. Find out how to tell the difference.

Acid Reflux
On occasion, you may have had a sour taste in your mouth accompanied by heartburn, a burning sensation in your chest. With acid reflux, you can usually relate the symptoms to what you have recently eaten. The sour taste comes from the food regurgitating from your stomach back into your throat. When this happens, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) did not close tightly to hold the food down in the stomach.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
If symptoms occur more three or more times per week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. GERD symptoms occur more often than acid reflux, and they are more severe. Vomiting, nausea, coughing, difficulty swallowing are additional symptoms of which you should seek immediate medical attention.

Poor Dental Hygiene
Gum disease, several cavities, and gingivitis can cause you to have a sour taste in your mouth. Preventing these issues is best; brushing your teeth, flossing, and then rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash helps. Visit us at Islington Dental Clinic in Toronto to be sure your dental hygiene isn't causing the sour taste in your mouth.

Treatment Options for Managing the Sour Taste from Acid Reflux
Over the counter medications such as Pepcid AC, Prevacid, Prilosec, or Tagamet may relieve symptoms. They are recommended for periodic usage.

Treatment Options for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
You may need to make dietary and lifestyle changes to control GERD and reduce the sour taste in your mouth.

- Avoid fried foods and high-fat content foods
- Reduce the amount of food you eat during meals
- Quit smoking
- Stay upright for at least 2 hours after eating
- Avoid trigger foods that activate symptoms
- Cut back on drinking alcohol

As you can see, GERD is chronic but in most cases, manageable. If you are experiencing a sour taste, be sure to rule out any dental issues. Visit Islington Dental Clinic, located in Toronto for a dental check up. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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