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What’s That Metallic Taste In My Mouth?

May 2, 2017

You finish eating your meal and experience a sudden taste as if you were scooping a spoonful of old pennies into your mouth. People can experience metallic tastes in their mouth for quick spurts or long periods of time. Your taste buds and your olfactory sensory neurons control your sense of taste by transferring information to your brain, which identifies specific tastes. Numerous things can affect this complex system, which can render that metallic taste. So what’s it all mean?

Experiencing a metallic taste is a more common condition (known as dysgeusia) than you may think and can signal several different things, which range in seriousness.

First off, feeling a metallic taste while otherwise healthy isn’t really a cause for alarm. It can mostly just reveal poor oral health – and that’s where Provident Dentistry comes in. Those who don’t regularly floss and brush are prone to experience this taste due to gingivitis, periodontists, or tooth infection. If you consistently practice good oral habits like brushing and flossing then it’s definitely time to see a dentist to inspect for possible infection.

Regular dental visits assist in preventing the condition’s development and can help treat it. When the taste is caused by tooth and gum infections, dentists can also provide prescriptions to stave off the infection and dispel the taste.

While metallic tastes are often deduced to something oral related, that’s not always the case. It can also manifest during pregnancy, sinus problems, dementia, chemotherapy, or when taking prescription drugs. Here are some helpful ways you can reduce or temporarily eliminate the metallic taste:

  • Chew sugar-free gum or mints
  •   Brush your teeth immediately after meals
  •  Try different foods
  •  Use nonmetallic dishes and utensils
  • Drink plenty of water
  •   Don’t smoke

A couple of the serious issues metallic tastes may indicate include kidney or liver problems, or undiagnosed diabetes or cancer. However, these are typically uncommon and are accompanied by other symptoms.

For the most part, experiencing the taste is nothing dire, but will require addressing. If it lingers long, don’t hesitate to come see us at Provident Dentistry. Call us at 248-471-0345 to schedule an appointment.