What Does a Metallic Taste in Your Mouth Indicate?

Reviewed on 2/16/2022

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Possible causes of metallic taste in the mouth include gum disease, certain medications, cancer treatments, indigestion (upset stomach), chemical exposure, colds and sinus infections (including COVID-19), pregnancy, problems with the senses of taste or smell, dementia, and certain vitamins or supplements.

A metallic taste in the mouth may indicate a variety of different conditions, some of which are temporary and minor and some which may be chronic or serious. 

A metallic taste in the mouth may be caused by:

How Do You Get Rid of 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 change the dosage or take another medication 
    • Do not change the dosage or regimen or stop taking a prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor
  • Cancer treatments: chemotherapy or radiation
    • 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 indigestion and the unpleasant taste will usually go away
  • Chemical exposure 
    • Remove the source of the contamination 
  • For colds, sinus infections, and pregnancy, metallic taste usually goes away once the condition ends
  • For certain vitamins or supplements, the taste usually goes away shortly 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. 

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Reviewed on 2/16/2022
References
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https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/metallic-taste/

https://www.cookingforchemo.org/metallic-taste-chemotherapy-cancer/