Last week, a patient, Ted, came in saying he had been experiencing a funny, metallic taste in his mouth for a while and was worried that it may be serious. I explained to him that there were a number of possible reasons for him having this taste in his mouth but we’d do a complete exam and see what we come up with. If you experience a metallic taste in your mouth, you’ll want to know what I told Ted about his funny taste.
When Something Tastes Funny
Every now and then you might get a funny, metallic taste in your mouth that doesn’t seem to be related to anything you ate or drank. It may linger and it may make you feel self-conscious that your breath may be giving off an odor. As I told my patient, Ted, most times a funny taste in the mouth is usually nothing to worry about. It can affect men and women alike of all ages. The medical name for it is called dysgeusiaand has a number of causes which can include:
What Can You Do About Metallic Taste?
As noted above, there could be several reasons for the metallic taste in your mouth that you may need to discuss with your doctor and/or your dentist. Depending on what the cause of your altered taste is, here are some things that can be done:
While experiencing bad tastes in your mouth may be annoying and uncomfortable, most often there is a direct cause and effect for it that can be remedied. If your metal taste persists, however, do see your doctor or dentist to rule out any oral condition which may be behind it.
Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
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