A bitter taste in the mouth has many causes, says an ear, nose and throat doctor.
That’s pretty aggravating, a persistent bitter taste in the mouth.
“Many things can cause a bitter taste in the mouth,” explains Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology.
Dr. Silvers says these causes are as follows: tonsil stones (old food particles combined with oral bacteria), poor dental hygiene, chronic sinus infections (this means old mucus remaining in the sinuses), and last but not least…acid reflux.
Bitter Taste in Mouth Caused by Acid Reflux
Dr. Silvers points out that often, a patient will not feel the so-called heartburn or indigestion, and this makes a diagnosis more difficult to come up with.
“Conservative treatment entails avoiding acidic and carbonated foods,” says Dr. Silvers.
In addition, she advises to refrain from eating about three hours prior to bedtime.
Also, prop yourself up on a wedge-shaped pillow (below) “to allow gravity to keep acid in the stomach. If this is not helpful OTC antacids will likely help. If this does not help, see your ENT.”
An NYC expert in ear, nose and throat care, Dr. Silvers has been named among America’s Top Physicians and Surgeons in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology numerous times since 2003.
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