Metalic taste

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A metallic taste in the mouth is a common complaint and can be due to a variety of causes - from medication you may be taking to dental problems.

The taste might be a symptom of

  • gum disease or
  • dental work done in the past can break down and alter taste.
  • Dehydration. In addition, not drinking enough water can contribute to problems with taste.

Increase your intake and see if it helps. Use a straw or flavor the water with other juice or both. Rinse and spit regularly rinsing with baking soda water...

Other causes of metallic taste in the mouth:

  • an old filling may be leaking,
  • tooth infection that may spread to the bone,
  • Plaque buildup,
  • gingivitis,
  • periodontitis [1],
  • tooth decay and
  • abscesses can produce a bad taste in your mouth.

Also systemic diseases can cause a metallic taste in the mouth, including:

  • hyperparathyroidism[2],
  • Renal or Kidney failure[3],
  • diabetes,
  • Cancer,
  • Sjögren's syndrome[4],
  • sarcoidosis[5],
  • amyloidosis[6],
  • vitamin B-12 deficiency and
  • zinc deficiency.

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== Footnotes ==
  1. is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth.
  2. a disorder in which the parathyroid glands in your neck produce too much parathyroid hormone (PTH).
  3. Symptoms of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products in the body that may cause weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, and confusion. Inability to remove potassium from the bloodstream may lead to abnormal heart rhythms. This is life threatening. Diagnosis of kidney failure usually is made by blood tests measuring BUN, creatinine, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
  4. autoimmune disorder in which the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed. This causes dry mouth and dry eyes.
  5. abnormal collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) that can form as nodules in multiple organs.
  6. rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein. Amyloidosis frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and digestive tract. Severe amyloidosis can lead to life-threatening organ failure.