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Reasons for that metal taste in your mouth


There are many reasons you might have a metal taste in your mouth, and many of these reasons make this symptom an indication of some serious health problems.  The medical term for having a metal taste in your mouth is dysgeusia. 


The most common cause of having a metal taste in your mouth is poor oral hygiene.  Gingivitis and periodontal disease are just two examples of dental problems that tend to cause a metal taste in your mouth.

 


Another reason for having a metal taste in your mouth is lead poisoning.  This is a much less common problem, and you probably know very easily if you’ve been exposed to lead in a way that it could have poisoned you.  Copper toxicity and mercury poisoning can also cause a similar metallic taste in your mouth. 


Some medications also cause a metal taste in your mouth.  Antibiotics, antidepressants, and prenatal vitamins are three of the most common types of medications that can cause that metallic taste.  Other common culprits for that metallic taste in your mouth are blood pressure medications and diabetes medications.


A metallic taste in your mouth can also be caused by heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease.  This is because of the increased amount of acid in the stomach.  Gastritis and jaundice also can cause a metallic taste in your mouth in a similar fashion.


If you already know the reason for that metal taste in your mouth, then you may want to set about getting rid of it.  However, it’s important to treat the underlying condition that caused that metallic taste in the first place.  To get rid of that annoying metallic taste, try drinking citrus fruit juice.  Orange juice is one type that commonly can get rid of a metal taste.  Lemonade may also help in the same way.


You also can battle the metallic taste by simply brushing your teeth more often and using a good mouthwash.  Don’t forget to brush your tongue while you’re brushing your teeth.  The tongue often harbors plaque and food particles that can be detrimental to your oral hygiene.  You’ll also have better breath by brushing more often. 


Another way to fight that metallic taste in your mouth is by rinsing with salt water.  Mix a teaspoon of regular table salt with eight ounces of water.  You also may want to try baking soda instead of salt.  Use a quarter teaspoon of baking soda for eight ounces of water and rinse your mouth with it.


Raw spices will also fight the metallic taste in your mouth, but don’t eat too many or you may regret it later for other reasons.  Cloves and cinnamon are especially helpful in fighting against a metal taste in your mouth.


If you just can’t figure out why it seems like you constantly have a metallic taste in your mouth, then you may want to consider having the water in your home tested.  Having water that is high in metal content can also cause that metallic taste if you drink a lot of it.


 

 


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