Loss of Taste Treatment
Since there are so many different things that can cause a loss of taste, it's helpful to determine the cause before receiving treatment. As loss of taste could indicate a health problem, there's even more reason to figure out its cause before jumping to a treatment plan. That's where an otolaryngologist (also called an ENT) comes into play. They will assess your taste loss with a physical examination of your ears, nose, throat, a dental examination, and a taste test.
If the loss of taste is connected to an illness, such as a respiratory infection, you should regain your sense of taste once the condition is resolved. If a particular medication is the cause, your doctor may recommend that you switch that medication to something else.
If you've lost your sense of taste, you can do the following to make food taste better:
- Prepare foods that have a variety of textures or colors.
- Avoid combination foods, like casseroles, that don't highlight individual flavors.
- Use spices or aromatic herbs, but don't add more sugar or salt to your food.
Improving and maintaining good oral care is another vital thing you can do to treat taste loss. Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist or dental hygienist and adopt a good oral care routine. This should include brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner.
It's normal to feel concerned that you feel like there's no taste in your mouth when eating something. Food adds much enrichment to our lives, so it can be unsettling if you're suddenly experiencing taste loss. If you've lost your sense of taste, it's important to find out what's causing it. And whether or not you regain your taste sensations, don't forget that you can still find ways to enjoy savor food!