Sometimes, we get a bitter and acidic taste in our mouth even when we are not eating anything. We brush our teeth to get rid of this unwanted taste, but recurring symptoms should compel us to find out what is wrong.
This metallic taste in your mouth, a condition scientifically known as dysgeusia, can be caused by several health issues. It could be indicative of serious health conditions which would require immediate medical treatment. It can also be caused by simple illnesses that can be treated at home.
While having a metallic taste in the mouth is often not too dangerous, its continued presence would ruin one’s appetite. In this article, we have provide a list of all probable causes of metallic taste in mouth and some possible home remedies to alleviate the condition.
Bacterial Infection. The first thing that you should do is check the food that you have recently eaten. Bacteria that can be found in spoiled or bad food is very common, and it is known to cause a metallic taste in your mouth. To immediately get rid of it, use an anti-bacterial mouthwash along with your regular oral hygiene routine. Also clean out your tongue by scrubbing as most bacteria that come from food remain at the tongue.
Medication. Prenatal vitamins, antibiotics and hypertension medicine have all been known to cause a mild bitter taste in the mouth. There is no need to worry when this occurs; it only mean that the medicine is taking effect. Once you are through with the medication, the metallic taste will disappear.
Dehydration. Dehydration occurs when lost body fluids in our body is not replenished. This happens when we fail to drink fluids after exercise or when we suffer from diarrhea. In these cases, having a metallic taste in the mouth is not unusual. When our body is unable to cope with excessive loss of fluids, it no longer has enough water to dilute saliva. This causes a change in taste, often leaving a bitter taste in the mouth. As often advised by doctors, it is important to drink plenty of water. Other medications will also be prescribed to cure dehydration.
Oral Infections. Inflammatory oral infections such as periodontitis is caused by microorganisms that have grown on the tooth’s surface. When left undetected and untreated, it can lead to loss of teeth. Early symptoms of this condition are redness or bleeding of gums, gingival recession, halitosis and a persistent metallic taste in the mouth. Since this condition is caused by bacteria, only proper dental hygiene can prevent it.
Gastritis. An inflammation of the lining of the stomach, also called gastritis, has many possible causes. In relation to one of the aforementioned causes of metallic taste in mouth, gastritis can be credited to prolonged use of medication. In addition, it can also be due to excessive alcohol consumption, post-surgery body adaptation or other severe infections. The most common symptom is abdominal upset, but is has been observed that gastritis can also cause a bitter taste in the mouth.
The conditions which cause a metallic taste in the mouth each have their own medications. However, you can easily get rid of this unwanted taste temporarily. Here are some home remedies you can use:
Herbal medicines rich in anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants are effective in curing conditions which cause a bitter mouth taste. Such herbal medicines are green tea and cat’s claw. These medicines can be consumed daily until symptoms subside.
If the cause is not gastritis, it is advised to drink citrus juices such as lemonade and eat foods marinated in vinegar. This can help produce saliva (in cases of dehydration) and overpower the metallic taste.
A simple solution made with a teaspoon of salt or ¼ teaspoon of baking soda diluted in a glass of water can also bring temporary relief from the metallic taste.
Eating raw condiments like cinnamon and cloves can also lessen the bitter taste.
To avoid other causes of metallic taste in mouth, it is best to practice good oral hygiene daily.