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Excessive brownish color saliva in mouth, bitter taste, unpleasant breath. Quit smoking. Reason?

I am 50 years old and have been relatively healthy all my life, but over the past 18 months months since quitting smoking I wake up every morning with excessive saliva in my mouth (brownish color) and a very bitter taste that lasts all day. My wife tells me my breath is unpleasant even though I clean, floss, and gargle, several times a day. Could this be something serious ?.
Asked On : Sun, 12 Aug 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
I read your problem. See , cause of brownish saliva i mouth is presence of nicotine in mouth.Usually smokers may find that their saliva remains brown, even if if they quit smoking, as their lungs rid themselves of cancer causing nicotine. Firstly, you should consult a doctor to rule out potentially dangerous disease.And unpleasant breath is due to sulphur produced by anaerobic bacteria.So, also visit your dentist for oral prophylaxis. Use antibacterial mouthwash also.

Have a nice time.. take care

Answered: Mon, 13 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm, forum leon,
thank you for posting your query, although the information that you have provided is not clear , but still i would like to inform you that excessive use of a mouth wash causes discoloration of teeth and sorrounding tissues, this might be one of the reasons for the color of saliva, also smoking is one of the reasons but as you said you have already quit smoking,therefore i assume its either due to the mouth wash or due to "periodontitis", it a condition wherein gums become swollen and teeth become loose, mainly due to poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes,etc.
i appreciate that you are maintaining proper oral hygiene now, but kindly visit your dentist once to get the teeth cleaned professionally.
i wish you good health,
take care.
Answered: Mon, 13 Aug 2012
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