There are lots of reasons you may have a lingering metallic taste in your mouth, from medication to poor toothbrushing habits. Once you figure out why it's happening, there are often easy steps you can take to get rid of the problem.
You might need to step up your dental hygiene. Brush and floss regularly to avoid problems with your teeth and gums, like gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth infections. Those conditions can all put a bad taste in your mouth.
If you have these symptoms, see your dentist for a professional cleaning and ask if you need a prescription to treat any infections.
Colds and Other Infections
Have you been feeling under the weather? Colds, sinus infections, and upper respiratory infections can change the taste in your mouth. If this is the cause, you'll also have symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and cough.
Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. The metallic taste should go away once you're better.
Drugs like antibiotics can give you a metallic taste. Other possible causes in the medicine cabinet include:
- Heart medication
- Medicine for gout
- Antidepressants and lithium (used to treat some mental health conditions)
If the metallic taste bothers you, talk to your doctor, but don't stop taking your medication without their approval.
The good news: The metallic taste should go away soon after you take the pills.
To treat the underlying problem, avoid rich foods, eat dinner earlier, and take antacids.
If you keep getting indigestion, have a hard time swallowing, or are in serious pain, see your doctor. The taste in your mouth should go back to normal when your indigestion is under control.
It's not a surprise that the taste in your mouth might shift when you're pregnant.
You could develop a metallic taste at the beginning of your pregnancy. It should be temporary and go away on its own.
Cook with strong or sweet flavors, and try different types of foods and drinks to help increase your appetite.
In the meantime, switch up your foods to help mask the problem. Add tart ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, or pickles to your meals. Spices, herbs, and sweeteners bring strong flavor. Try eating more frozen or cold foods. Swap metal utensils for wood or plastic.