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A 36-year-old female asked:

Recently quit smoking and wondering why i have a metal taste in my mouth?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
A thought: The taste may always have been there, but the smoking may have been masking it. If you have mercury amalgam fillings, you may want to have them removed by an accredited member of the international academy of oral medicine & toxicology ... www.iaomt.org.
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Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
I would not suggest having fillings replaced unless there is a clear need to do so. Metalic taste can come from bleeding, medications, or ear probllems. Also, it is not unusual for smokers to have altered taste sensation. When the taste buds of the front part of the tongue are damaged, the reulting sensation is a metalic taste.
Oct 31, 2012
Dr. Harlan Wilson
Dentistry 46 years experience
I agree with Dr. Bender. How long will some dentists push replacing a good amalgam filling that last 10-30 years, has been tested many times by tha American Dental Association and Consumer Reports and found amalgam safe, and put in a much more difficult material , composilomay '
Oct 31, 2012
Dr. Harlan Wilson
Dentistry 46 years experience
Difficult material is composite that does not last as long as amalgam, costs more, and might leak PBA.
Oct 31, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Changes: Did you start chewing gum, take any meds, use the patch, or alter your diet? A food diary may help.
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Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 50 years experience
Learning to Taste : Congratulations on quitting! smoking tobacco greatly diminishes the ability to taste well, and the tars and oils disturb the normal bacterial flora in the mouth. You are now in an adaptive period when your body is getting used to not having the by products of smoke influencing the way the senses respond. In the absence of any other factors like drugs or chewing gum, i think the answer lies here. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
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Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Amalgams: You should see your dentist , sometimes amalgam fillings when breaking apart give a metallic taste.
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Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Chemicals: Cigarettes have a lot of chemicals to make them burn, addictive and taste good. Cigarettes change buffering properties of saliva. These factors may have caused that metallic taste.
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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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