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What is Metallic Taste in Mouth?

Experiencing a metallic taste in the mouth can be an unpleasant and concerning sensation. It refers to a taste disturbance where everything you eat, or drink tastes metallic or like metal. This condition can have various causes, ranging from temporary factors to underlying medical conditions.

Causes of Metallic Taste in Mouth:

  • Medications: Certain medications, such as antibiotics, antihistamines, or medications for high blood pressure, can cause a metallic taste as a side effect.
  • Dental Issues: Dental problems, such as gum infections, tooth decay, or oral infections, can contribute to a metallic taste sensation in the mouth.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Deficiencies in certain nutrients, such as zinc, copper, or vitamin B12, can lead to alterations in taste perception, including a metallic taste.
  • Sinus or Nasal Issues: Sinus infections, allergies, or nasal congestion can affect the sense of taste, leading to a metallic taste sensation.
  • Dry Mouth: Insufficient saliva production or dry mouth (xerostomia) can affect taste perception and result in a metallic taste.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause taste disturbances, including a metallic taste.
  • GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to flow back into the mouth, leading to a bitter or metallic taste.
  • Infections and Illnesses: Certain infections, such as respiratory tract infections, colds, or the flu, can affect taste perception and result in a metallic taste.

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Our dentists have all the experience, skill and technology required to advice on having a metallic taste in mouth. Arrange an appointment with our dental team at our central London dental clinic, situated on the prestigious Wimpole Street.

Treatment Options for Metallic Taste in Mouth:

The treatment for a metallic taste in the mouth depends on the underlying cause. Here are some common treatment options:

  • Addressing Medication Side Effects: If a medication is causing the metallic taste, consulting with a healthcare professional to explore alternative medications or adjusting the dosage may be beneficial.
  • Dental Treatment: If dental issues are the cause, seeking dental care to address gum infections, tooth decay, or oral infections can help alleviate the metallic taste.
  • Nutritional Supplements: If nutritional deficiencies are contributing to the metallic taste, supplements, or dietary changes to ensure adequate intake of necessary nutrients may be recommended.
  • Saliva Stimulation: For dry mouth or xerostomia, stimulating saliva production through various methods, such as drinking water regularly, using sugar-free candies or lozenges, or using saliva substitutes, can help improve taste perception.
  • Managing GERD: If GERD is causing the metallic taste, lifestyle modifications, such as dietary changes, weight management, or medication to reduce acid reflux, may be suggested.
  • Treating Underlying Infections or Illnesses: Addressing underlying infections or illnesses through appropriate medical treatment can help resolve the metallic taste sensation.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional or dentist to determine the underlying cause of the metallic taste and receive appropriate treatment recommendations based on your specific condition.

Prof Christian Mehl

Written by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

A certified implantologist and prosthodontics specialist with 20+ years in dentistry, I conduct clinical research, teach at University of Kiel, and contribute to implant system development. Recipient of the Camlog Research Award, I frequently publish and deliver global lectures.

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