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A 48-year-old member asked:

What would cause a metallic taste in my mouth?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Meds?: Some meds, particularly biaxin, (clarithromycin) can cause a metallic taste. Using an acidic juice like orange or lemon juice will fix it.
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Metallic taste: A metallic taste in the mouth can be due to a variety of causes including medications, dental/gum problems, poor oral hygiene, mouth breathing, dry mouth, dehydration, common cold, upper respiratory infection, aging, and neurological disorders. In many cases, the metallic taste will disappear on its own when the underlying condition, such as an upper respiratory infection, is resolved.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Several causes: A metallic taste can be due to many factors. But the most common causes of a metallic taste are: medications such as some antibiotics, prenatal vitamins and antidepressants, as well as drugs used to treat high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney stones oral problems, including oral infections such as gingivitis or periodontitis, tooth infections, and poor oral hygiene.
Dr. Seth Rosen
Specializes in Dentistry
Gingivitis: While a number of conditions can cause a metallic taste in your mouth, gingivitis is the probably the most common. You should see a dentist to have it addressed and properly diagnosed.
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yeast infections: There are several causes of this phenomena. The most common are oral infections like candidiasis (thrush) as well as poor oral hygiene which could lead to periodontal disease. Also, some people get the taste from taking medications like antibiotics, or blood pressure medications to name a few. See you dentist to rule out dental causes.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes the metallic taste in your mouth?

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Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Dissimilar metals: Occasionally patients describe a taste in their mouth that is similar to that of biting on tin foil. I'm not sure this is your question however this occurs when two dissimilar metals touch each other. Unintentionally a fork may touch a gold filling causing this reaction. Or a new filling may have been placed adjacent to an old one of dissimilar metal. See your dentist to evaluate you case.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the most common cause of a metallic taste in my mouth?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Very common: A metallic tast in your mouth is quite common and is usually not serious. It can be caused by some medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, high blood pressure medications. It can also be caused by poor dental hygiene, or oral infections such as an abcessed tooth or gum disease. Sometimes the cause can not be found. The metallic taste usually will go away but this can take some time.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exactly can be causing this metallic taste in my mouth?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Metallic Taste: The two most likely causes are probably gum disease and some medications. Also certain medical issues. See your dentist and physician for a checkup. More information at : http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/qaa350574/metallic-taste-in-your-mouth.Html.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I've got a metallic taste in my mouth. What could cause this ?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
See dentist: You could have a vitamin deficiency. You could also have beginning periodontal disease. See a dentist to have your mouth evaluated.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What could cause a metallic taste in my mouth at odd times?

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Dr. Thomas Frymark
Dentistry 46 years experience
Many reasons: 1. Galvanic action: 2 different metals in saliva, a conductive fluid. 2. Leaking or broken down fillings. 3. Gum disease can cause a metallic taste. 4. Medications that are taken. 5. Trapped food particles or foods you have eaten. Consider these reasons, brush and floss well, and seek professional advice if it persists.

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