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Have salty feeling in mouth. Following a healthy diet. What could be the cause of salty saliva?

24 years old, healthy, active female. BMI normal. I ve been starting to have a salty feeling in my mouth which started about a week ago. It s presence is constant. I think that the saliva I secrete might be salty. It never does away even after brushing my teeth or chewing gum. I think that it may be caused by my diet but am not sure. I eat grains for lunch with vegetables and a protein for dinner with vegetables. In between I eat fruit and yogurt as snacks. I eat two eggs for breakfast with some salt added (but that is the only time I use salt). I think that I might be ingesting too much sodium. The vegetables I eat always come from cans. The only fresh thing that I eat apart from fruits (apples and bananas) are cherry tomatoes in my main meals. Recently, a cavity filling fell out of one of my molars leaving a big hole there. I try to clean it properly since I cannot get to a dentist where I currently am and will only be able to see one come May. Luckily, there s no pain or sensitivity. What could be the cause of this salty saliva?
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello and welcome ,

The salty taste in mouth can be due to-
Altered salivary secretion.
Impacted wisdom tooth.
Regressive changes in tooth.
Sinus infections.
I would suggest you to get a thorough examination by a dentist.
Thorough scaling is adviced.
Decayed teeth has to be restored soon to prevent progression of caries in exposed cavity.
Take complete course of medicines too.
Take balanced diet and plenty of fluid has to be taken.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
allergies, infection or inflammation occurs, the mucus changes consistency and becomes thick and the pH changes and that is when the problems start and the patient notices the drip. And this can be the cause of the salty taste in your mouth
The treatment consists of making an accurate diagnosis to the reason causing the change in the mucus and then formulating a targeted treatment plan to return the mucus to near-normal consistency. The problem may not be as straightforward and simple as one may think. It is important for the patient with this problem to get to a physician who is thorough in his/her history taking and physical examination. You should see a board certified Otolaryngologist who is well versed in taste and smell and sinus issues
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Salty taste in the mouth can be due to many reasons such as GIT disturbances, sinusitis, severe cold, oral infections.
I would suggest you to get the checkup done by a Physician.
If you are having prolonged cold then take steam inhalations.
Go for complete mouth scaling and polishing.
Eat balanced nutritious diet, drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.
Take antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.
If having any decayed tooth then get it filled.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Salty taste in the mouth is may be due to several reasons like underlying dental infections .

periodontal abscess arising from infected teeth that may drain in the oral cavity leading to salty taste in mouth , nausea and vomiting.

Gingival abscess which is caused due poor oral hygiene ,improper brushing and flossing that leads to accumulation of bacterial plaque and calculus deep in the gum pockets and root surfaces of the teeth.

Gingivitis presents with symptoms of redness , bleeding gums , swelling , pain ,recession and sensitivity.

It needs to be treated by thorough professional deep scaling of gums and root planing of the teeth to remove all the irritants ,this will help in resolving the symptoms .

i would suggest you to go for symptomatic treatment at home like gargling with lukewarm saline water or antiseptic mouthwash like chlorhexidine or betadine.

i would suggest you to get and OPG radiograph done which will help in diagnosis and accordingly treatment can be planned .
consult an oral surgeon and get the examination done

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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