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A 19-year-old female asked:

i have a metallic taste in my mouth when swallowing, particularly when having nothing to eat for a while. what could this be?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Exam needed.: There could be many things that can cause a metallic taste. Have you seen a dentist recently? Bleeding gums can cuse this. So can vitamin deficiencies, hormonal or metabolic diseases and infections. Have a dental exam and then see your primary care for exam and blood work.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Metallic taste: Usually means bleeding. How long has it been since your last dental examination/cleaning. Gum disease is readily treatable in early stages, very expensive as infection spreads. If gums healthy next step is your GP to check for GERD, blood dycrasias, neurological disorders.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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More history: Usually "dysgeusia" with an odd metallic taste is from taking medications (even calcium carbonate) or "just happens" & is never explained. I trust you are otherwise well & do not have occupational exposure to lead, mercury, or cadmium. Try running floss across your tongue, and using plastic utensils.

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