Why do I have a salty taste in my mouth?

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Q. I've had a salty taste in my mouth for the past few months. Is there anything I can do about it?

A. The salty taste could be due to your taste buds becoming more salt sensitive (often a medication side effect), or a higher concentration of salt in your saliva, which can happen if you get dehydrated. Other causes of a salty taste could include

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