My dentist said, “your story is a bit like The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly”
Sadly, it feels like all I can taste is dead flies!
The short story is that I want to apologise for my silence, but I can’t taste wine at the moment so have little to share
The longer version is a warning!
For the last few months I’ve been acutely aware that my tendency to clench (rather than grind) my teeth and jaw was having a negative impact. I was trying to sing but couldn’t move my mouth properly, plus I was developing head and ear aches.
I thought the time had come to do something positive about this so about 2 months ago I bought a bite guard from Amazon that moulds to your teeth and you wear at night.
I used it for several weeks, but to be honest I noticed little difference but wanted to give it time.
About a month or so ago, I started noticing that everything was tasting salty, even sweet biscuits. I didn’t think too much about it but it started getting worse to the point I wasn’t able to taste much else.
I guessed that I had developed some kind of gum or mouth disease as a result of this mouthguard.
To combat the infection (caused by the device intended to protect my jaw) I then had to take a medicated mouthwash.
As I’ve mentored before I’ve had a bad experience with Corsodyl so tried an alternative. No luck! In fact, the opposite, things got even worse.
Finally, I think I’ve kicked the infection because the salt taste has gone, but the complication is that the mouthwash has completely killed my tongue’s taste buds. I now can’t taste ANYTHING.
I exaggerate slightly. I’ve now stopped the mouthwash and can taste a bit of sweetness and some other sensations are returning. However, wine tastes AWFUL.
All wines taste unbalanced. Whites are flat and mainly remind me of musky white flowers that are past their best. Reds are disgusting, with any tannin immediately killing all other taste, so all I get is cardboard and bark soaked in pond water.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere about getting professional advice from the beginning (not self-diagnosing at each step down the path to disaster), and about looking after your complete health - including mouth!
It is also a warning that when a mouthwash says: “Temporary taste disturbance.” under side-effects, THEY MEAN IT!
So, apologies again for my lack of participation in the drinking and sharing experiences here at the moment - please think of me in my hour of enforced abstinence
EDIT: and of course, to make it all feel so wonderful, once I’ve recovered my taste buds, I will be back at square 1 trying to figure out how to relax my jaw … I suspect the early answer will be to relax more, … with a glass or two of wine