Metallic Taste in Mouth

Why do I have a the taste of metal in my mouth? I am 30 years old and have fairly good hygiene, however I have not been to the dentist in several years.

Thanks, Danielle in Virginia

Dear Danielle,

There can be many reasons why ones mouth tastes like metal. Coming from a dental standpoint and hearing that its been several years since you visited a dentist there is a good chance you have periodontal disease (gum disease). Periodontal disease develops overtime when one does not floss on a regular basis and more importantly does not go to have their teeth cleaned every six months. When plaque and tarter are left on our teeth overtime it starts to deteriorate the bone around the teeth and causes our gums to swell and bleed. As the bone dies, teeth shift, and become mobile. Periodontal disease left untreated leads to tooth loss. The longer periodontal disease is present the more the patient notices a metallic taste in the mouth. Missing teeth are best replaced with dental implants, but hopefully it doesn’t get to the point for you.

Other Reasons for Metallic Taste in the Oral Cavity are as Follows:

  • Use of Antibiotics
  • Kidney Stones
  • Anti-Depressants
  • Alcoholism
  • Heart Problems
  • Tooth Infection
  • Diabetes
  • Too Much Iron in one System
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Allergies to Foods

These are just several possibilities as to why one has a metallic taste in the mouth. We recommend you visit a dentist to be evaluated for periodontal disease. If indeed you have this disease it is very treatable and maintainable. If your dentist rules out gum disease then we advise you to visit your medical doctor to rule out any health issues especially if you are not taking any medications that may be causing this.

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