Dentists are often asked what causes a bad, metallic taste. The unwanted flavor can stem from a number of problems. If you regularly experience the bad taste, immediately visit Dr. Garg or one of our associates for accurate diagnosis and treatment options. In the meantime, here are some potential causes of a metallic taste in the mouth.
- Copper toxicity
- Anchovy poisoning
- Insect bites
- Lead poisoning
- Estrogen level changes
- Mercury poisoning
- Scombrotoxic fish poisoning
- Periodontal disease
- Poor oral hygiene
Believe it or not, scobrotoxic fish poisoning isn’t the most common cause of a metal taste in the mouth; gum disease is. Up to 80% of Americans have gum disease on some level, so it’s a common malady. Often, gums bleed when they are infected, and blood has iron in it. This explains the metallic taste.
Other symptoms of gum disease include redness, swelling, or tenderness of the gums; gum recession; pockets forming at the base of teeth; pus at the gum line; bad breath (halitosis). In many cases, gum disease presents no symptoms.
Checking it Out Early
The earlier gum disease is found, the sooner it can be treated. Early treatment is usually less invasive and more successful than late-stage treatment. Because gum disease is a chronic condition, once you develop it, you’re at greater risk for recurrence. Untreated gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to heart disease, respiratory conditions, cognitive impairment, diabetes complications, and premature birth.
If your mouth tastes like metal, call Center for Complete Dentistry in Aventura, FL today at 305-935-4991. Dr. Garg and our associates look forward to seeing you and giving you a reason to smile.