What Causes a Metallic Taste in Your Mouth?

Reviewed on 9/18/2020

A metallic taste in the mouth can be a symptom of a number of different conditions, some of which are temporary and minor and some that can be serious or chronic. Causes of a metallic taste in the mouth include:

What Is the Treatment for Metallic Taste in Your Mouth?

Treatment for metallic taste in the mouth depends on the cause. 

  • Gum disease 
    • Maintain good oral hygiene
    • Brush teeth regularly 
    • Use dental floss
    • Get a dental check-up every 6 months
  • Certain medications, such as antibiotics
    • Talk to your doctor about the side effects to see if you can take another medication
    • Do not stop taking prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor
  • Cancer treatments: radiation and chemotherapy
    • Use acidic or sour-tasting flavorings in your foods, such as vinegar, lemon, lime, orange, basil, Italian flat leaf parsley, and cilantro
    • Eat frozen foods
    • Use plastic or wooden utensils instead of metal 
  • Indigestion
    • Treat the indigestion and the unpleasant taste should go away
  • Chemical exposure 
    • Remove the source of the contamination 
  • For colds and sinus infections and pregnancy, metallic taste should go away once the condition ends
  • For certain vitamins or supplements, usually the taste goes away not long after the pills are taken

See a doctor if the metallic taste in your mouth doesn’t go away, or there is no clear cause. 

How Do You Prevent Metallic Taste in Your Mouth?

You may be able to prevent a metallic taste in the mouth in certain cases: 

  • Maintain good oral hygiene: brush and floss twice daily, and see your dentist regularly
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Use plastic or wooden utensils instead of metal 

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Reviewed on 9/18/2020
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