Does your mouth taste like you have been sucking on old pennies? While this is probably a strange sensation, especially if you have never experienced it before, the condition is generally more common than most people realize.
A metallic taste could be the sign of a serious illness like liver or kidney problems, certain cancers, or undiagnosed diabetes, but these reasons aren’t the most common causes and are generally accompanied by other, more pressing symptoms.
If a metallic taste is your only complaint, there could be several factors involved, and by better understanding what might be behind it, you can find a solution to eliminate this bothersome problem from your life for good.
What’s Behind that Weird Metallic Taste?
Unfortunately, there isn’t one certain cause that is responsible for a metallic taste in the mouth, and there are a variety of factors that can be contributing to your condition. Therefore, it might take some investigative work for you to determine exactly what is behind the problem:
- Pregnancy. If you are pregnant, this could be the culprit in causing you to experience this strange taste. Pregnancy involves hormonal fluctuations, especially with estrogen, which can influence your food preferences and taste. Changes in estrogen levels can also make you experience unusual tastes, such as metallic, and in early pregnancy, you can be more sensitive to odors, which can impact your sense of taste.
- Common conditions. Common conditions can result in an altered sense of taste, including smoking, dehydration, dry mouth, and the normal aging process.
- Injuries or trauma. Injuring your tongue or mouth can affect your taste, especially if you burn or bite your tongue.
- Chemical exposure. If you were exposed to lead or mercury, inhaling high levels of these chemicals could produce a metallic taste.
- Medications. Certain medications may also alter your taste, including antibiotics and drugs to treat thyroid dysfunction, heart failure, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Medical procedures. If you are going through chemotherapy or radiation, you may experience dry mouth that could result in a metallic taste.
- Illness. If you are experiencing an illness like the cold, flu, or a respiratory tract infection, you could be dealing with a metallic taste in your mouth. Strep throat, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and infections of the salivary glands can also cause a metallic taste.
What Can You Do to Get Rid of that Taste?
The treatment methods for ridding your mouth of that foul metal taste will vary depending on the source of the problem. If it is only a temporary sensation and not a symptom of a chronic condition, some home remedies may be useful:
- Increase your fluid intake. Drink a lot of water and juice, specifically lemonade or orange juice, in order to relieve the dryness in your mouth that could result in a metallic taste.
- Keep brushing. It is important to brush your teeth several times a day in order to improve the taste in your mouth, ensuring that you are cleaning your tongue thoroughly.
- Brush with baking soda. Brushing your teeth with baking soda can neutralize the acids in your mouth, eliminating unpleasant tastes. You can also use it with toothpaste in order to improve your dental health and kill bacteria.
- Use a saltwater solution. Gargle and rinse out your mouth with saltwater frequently in order to get rid of this taste.
- Chew on herbs. Gnawing on a piece of clove or ginger can help to reduce the metallic taste by freshening your breath.
If you experience other symptoms or your quest to freshen your breath doesn’t eliminate the metallic taste in your mouth, be sure to contact our office to set up an appointment.