You could have a salty taste in your mouth from medications you are taking or from a condition doctors call dysgeusia, which is an abnormal taste that won’t go away. Fortunately, many of the common causes of dysgeusia -- such as a common cold, flu, strep throat, or sinus infections -- are temporary, and the symptoms eventually go away. Check with your doctor if the salty taste doesn't go away, and ask your pharmacist about side effects of any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you take.
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How is a self-examination for dental plaque performed?
Healthwise answeredYou will brush and floss your teeth. Then you will use the disclosing product. Follow the instructions on the package. Gently rinse your mouth with water. Check your teeth for plaque that has been colored with the dye. Your gums also may be stained and appear red, but this is not a problem. Use a dental mirror, if you have one, to help see behind teeth and the areas in the back of your mouth. If you find stained plaque, brush and floss again until it is gone. This helps you find areas you are missing.
Disclosing tablets: Chew a disclosing tablet and allow it to mix with your saliva. Swish the mixture around in your mouth with your tongue for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.
Disclosing solution: Put some disclosing solution in your mouth, swish it around for about 30 seconds and then spit the solution out.
Disclosing swabs: Apply the swab to all tooth surfaces in your mouth.
Use these products regularly until you find no more areas of stained plaque after you brush and floss. You may want to test for plaque once a month to be sure you are getting rid of the plaque.
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How does desensitizing toothpaste work?
American Dental Association answeredIn healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth -- the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result for both can be hypersensitivity.
One way to treat sensitive teeth is by using desensitizing toothpaste, which contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. It usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
There are many reasons your teeth may be sensitive. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.
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