(HealthDay News) -- A food's flavor is produced by a combination
of your senses of taste and smell. If you begin to lose the ability
to distinguish foods that are sweet, salty, sour or bitter, a
number of factors could be at fault.
The University of Maryland Medical Center offers these possible
causes for impaired taste:
Having Bell's palsy.
Having the gum disease gingivitis.
Having a cold or the flu, a nasal or salivary gland infection,
sinusitis or nasal polyps.
Being a heavy smoker.
Having dry mouth.
Having an injury to the head, nose or mouth.
Having pharyngitis, an inflammation of the pharynx.
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