Have You Ever Had A Metal Taste In Your Mouth?
If you’ve experienced a metal taste in your mouth you may well wonder if it’s a sign of something serious. After all, a metal taste in your mouth isn’t something you usually experience if you are healthy, eating well, and generally living a good lifestyle. There are some bad things that might be happening to you if you experience such a taste, such as acute kidney failure. On the other hand eating pine nuts can give you a metal taste in your mouth as well. The fact is, you can put together a fairly long list of things that will cause a metal taste in your mouth. The vast majority of things on the list are completely harmless, but there are a few bad things which might give you pause the next time you experience such a taste. One of the more common causes of such a taste is pregnancy. Pregnant women experience such a taste from time to time, but it really doesn’t mean anything unless an infection is involved.
Dental Problems Are A Somewhat Common Cause - Dental work or problems with the gum or teeth are among the most common reasons behind experiencing a metal taste in your mouth. Bleeding of the gums or from the sinuses can release iron, which contributes to the taste, as does chewing on a vitamin pill or supplement which contains iron. If you experience bad breath along with the metallic taste the chances are good you are suffering from gum disease.
Problems in the mouth or ingesting iron are by no means the only causes. A diet that is very high in protein will cause some people to experience the taste. In this case it isn’t the protein that is the direct cause, but rather a dietary imbalance. Other nutritional deficiencies such as a zinc deficiency or a vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes result in a metallic taste in your mouth. An excess of copper in your system can also contribute to a metallic taste. Try sucking on a penny to see.
Drugs And Medications Can Also Contribute - A metallic taste can be quite a common experience for people taking specific drugs or medications. Among the culprits are several antibiotics, drugs used to treat high blood pressure, and medications used to treat overactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, and some skin infections. Not all medications used to treat these diseases cause the problem of course, and some medications affect some people more than others. After all, one person’s body chemistry is usually a bit different than the body chemistry of the next person.
We’ve already mentioned acute kidney failure as one of the more serious situations in which you might experience a metallic taste in your mouth. Kidney disease in general can cause the taste, your kidneys don’t have to be failing. Other contributors are peptic ulcers, hypercalcemia, and understandably, lead, mercury, and cadmium poisoning. People who take calcium carbonate calcium supplements will usually experience the metallic taste, but at least they usually know the source.
The Cause Can Be A Complex One - Again, it’s usually not possible to always predict if or when you might find a metal taste in your mouth. Considering that the taste usually results from some type of chemical reaction in your body, and that your body chemistry is never a constant, you may take a certain supplement for months an suddenly begin to experience the metal taste. This would likely be due to something else you’ve eaten which has acted as a catalyst in creating a chemical reaction. If you take cold remedies or antihistamines for example, a slight overdose, though not a harmful one by any means, could trigger the taste. If you are an alcoholic you are more apt to experience the metallic taste than others do. This isn’t solely due to the alcohol in your system, but the reaction of the alcohol with whatever else might be in your bloodstream. Another group of people that will sometime experience a metallic taste is those who are involved in a weight loss program. Depending upon the method employed, a persons’ body chemistry can and usually will change to some extent during weight loss. As weight is lost unpredictable things, including experiencing a metallic taste, can happen. Those undergoing chemotherapy also often experience the metal taste.
A good test to see if the metal taste in your mouth represents anything serious is to give your teeth a good brushing while the taste is present. Give your tongue a brushing as well. If the taste goes away and does not return, all is well. If it goes away but returns sometime later, the chances are good that the taste is due to a supplement or medication you are taking. If brushing your teeth doesn’t take the taste away at all you could have something more serious to be concerned with. Obviously if you’re suffering from mercury poisoning brushing your teeth is going to be a futile gesture, but the point is, if the taste remains, you probably should see your doctor. It may not be anything serious after all, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.