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You use your mouth to consume delicious foods, so it can be disconcerting to suddenly experience a metallic taste on your tongue. There are many reasons why your mouth feels like it's suddenly filled with invisible nickels, but here are two common causes that may be the culprit.
1. Oral Infections
The metallic taste in your mouth may be a sign you have an oral infection, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. These diseases can cause the gums to bleed, so you may taste the iron in your blood. Additionally, the bacteria associated with the oral disease can also alter your sense of taste, making you feel like you've been licking metal.
Treating the infection will typically make the metallic taste go away. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment may involve antibiotic medication, deep cleanings, and filling cavities. If the teeth are too diseased to save, the dentist may recommend extracting them to prevent your other teeth from being negatively impacted.
Maintaining good oral hygiene—brushing daily and getting regular professional cleanings—can prevent this problem from returning. Make an appointment with your local dentist to diagnose your condition and get started on treating it as soon as possible to protect your overall health.
Heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion can also be a source of a metallic taste in the mouth, particularly if you experience them on a regular basis. These conditions push varying levels of stomach acid into the esophagus, which can create a sour or metallic taste when it reaches the back of the throat.
More concerning, the acid can damage soft tissues, resulting in bleeding and an altered sense of taste. Untreated acid-related conditions—particularly acid reflux and GERD—can even cause tooth damage, because the acid will enter the mouth and corrode the enamel, leading to cavities and oral infections.
Fixing the issue in this situation requires getting the underlying condition under control. In addition to working with a primary care doctor to address your medical problem, consult with a dentist about things you can do to either mask the metal taste or eliminate it altogether. Treatments such as tongue cleaning and medicated mouthwashes can go a long way toward restoring your sense of taste.
There are many other reasons for a metallic taste in your mouth. Contact an oral health specialist in your area for help diagnosing and treating your condition so you can enjoy consuming your favorite foods again.