Metallic Taste in Mouth, scientifically known as ‘Dysgeusia’, is a condition in which the taste of your mouth changes to something very sour and foul. You might feel as if you have something metallic inside your mouth, even when you are not eating anything. The one and only symptom of metallic taste is the continuous presence of a bitter and acidic taste in the mouth. Though the problem is not too dangerous, the result is that you do not feel like eating anything and your health goes down. In this article, we have provided a list of all the probable reasons that might leads to metallic taste in your mouth, along with the possible remedies.
Causes Of Metallic Taste
In the following lines, we have mentioned the main causes of metallic taste in mouth, along with the exact type of taste the causes lead to.
- Copper Toxicity (Metallic Taste)
- Dental Caries (Foul Taste)
- Dental Conditions (Bad Taste)
- Fluctuation in Estrogen Levels (Metallic Taste)
- Gastritis (Foul Taste)
- Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (Bitter Taste)
- Heartburn (Acid Taste)
- Jaundice (Bitter Taste)
- Lead Poisoning (Metallic Taste)
- Medications like Antibiotics, Prenatal Vitamins and Antidepressants (Metallic Taste)
- Mercury Poisoning (Metallic Taste)
- Oral Infections like Gingivitis or Periodontitis (Metallic Taste)
- Poor Oral Hygiene (Metallic Taste)
- Postnasal Drip (Foul Taste)
- Pyrosis (Acid Taste)
- Scombrotoxic Fish Poisoning (Metallic Taste)
- Selenium Overuse (Metallic Taste)
- Tooth abscess (Foul Taste)
What To Do
Though we don’t get to hear much about Dysgeusia or ‘Metallic Taste in Mouth’, the problem is fairly common. After knowing the causes of the problem, let us try to explore what can be done to remedy it.
- You can fight against the metallic taste by having citrus juices, lemonade and foods marinated in vinegar. They not only break through the taste, but also help in saliva production that facilitates washing away of the metallic taste.
- Every time you brush your teeth, make sure to brush your tongue also. It will help in lessening the metallic taste.
- You can also try rinsing your mouth with a solution made of a teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of water.
- Another option is to make a solution of 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and eight ounces of water and rinse your mouth with it.
- Eat raw condiments like cloves and cinnamon in very small portions. This will bring temporary relief from metallic taste.
Maintaining a strict dental hygiene is very important to get rid of the metallic taste in your mouth. Brush your teeth twice a day, to stay away from cavities and keep your teeth clean. Formation of plaque in your mouth may be contributing to the intensity of the metallic taste. Sprinkle some baking soda, mixed with salt, on your toothbrush and clean your teeth with this solution, at least once a day. This will not only break the plaque layer, but will also help you fight other dental infections. The acid presence in the mouth is neutralized by baking soda, which leaves a cleaner taste in your mouth.