As the festive season gets underway in full swing there is an abundance of sweets around you. Almost every one of us develops a sweet tooth during the season. However, many people can’t seem to get rid of a constant sweet taste in mouth. Could it be the result of a thyroid problem? Or is the cause something else? If you are among the portion of the population who experiences frequent or permanent sweet taste in mouth and wish to know the causes and the preventive measures, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we shall take a look at some of the major causes for sweet taste in mouth from thyroid and other disorders, as well as learn the ways to treat it and prevent it.
- 1 Why do I feel a permanent sweet taste in mouth?
- 2 How can I treat the sweet taste in mouth caused by thyroid or other problems?
- 3 Can I prevent the sweet taste in mouth caused by thyroid or other problems?
Why do I feel a permanent sweet taste in mouth?
The taste buds on our tongue can detect five different types of flavors – sweetness, bitterness, saltiness, sourness, and ‘umami’ which is a sort of balanced flavor. So, when you eat sweets the taste buds immediately let you know you are eating something sweet. The taste buds normally retain any flavor for a while, if not washed or brushed away from the tongue. However, it is uncommon to feel a lasting sweet taste in your mouth as this could be an indication of a thyroid problem or worse.
Although research is still underway to determine the specific cause or causes for this phenomenon, it is certain that there are several known causes and conditions that may result in a permanent sweet taste in mouth.
Some of the major reasons behind a constant sweet taste in mouth are:
Thyroid problems –
A sweet taste in mouth might be caused by thyroid problems. The thyroid gland is responsible for controlling the metabolism by transforming the extra protein into blood sugar. This lets the body to switch to burning fat as a source of energy. Hence, an insufficient blood sugar level may cause a sweet taste in mouth.
A woman’s body undergoes severe changes as far as metabolism and hormones are concerned. Many women complain of a constant sweet or metallic taste developing in their mouths, especially during the first few months of the pregnancy.
Neurological disorders –
Several neurological problems, such as strokes and seizures have been linked as the cause for the sweet taste in mouth, when the sensory system gets disrupted.
Diabetes is a common cause for developing a permanent sweet taste in mouth. As the insulin level in the blood sugar gets out of control, it can result in a distinct sweet taste in mouth, along with other symptoms, such as blurred vision, excessive thirst, frequent urination, and constant fatigue.
Several bacterial and viral infections, especially those that attack the olfactory (sense of smell) and the sensory system can result in causing a permanent sweet taste in mouth.
How can I treat the sweet taste in mouth caused by thyroid or other problems?
Experiencing a sweet taste in your mouth infrequently is not a cause for concern. However, it is highly advisable to consult your local physician when you start sensing a sweet taste in mouth frequently or constantly. The physician will be able to identify the likely cause and refer you to the relevant specialist.
The physician may refer you to an ENT, neurology, or gastro specialist who will perform several diagnostic tests to determine the cause for the permanent sweet taste in mouth. The diagnostic tests may include:
- Medical history
- Physical examination
- Blood sugar levels
- Viral/bacterial infection tests
- Endoscopy to check the digestive system
- MRI or CT scans to check for signs of cancer
- Imaging tests to check neurological activities in the brain
Depending on the specific cause, the specialist will then form a treatment plan and provide you with every detail you need.
Can I prevent the sweet taste in mouth caused by thyroid or other problems?
Yes, you can definitely prevent the development of a sweet taste in mouth from the thyroid or any other causes once the initial cause is treated. You will need to reduce sugar intake, workout or exercise regularly, and follow a leafy, green vegetable diet.