Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. If you are otherwise healthy, the cause for that metallic tang typically is benign.
A metallic taste can indicate a serious illness, such as kidney or liver problems, undiagnosed diabetes or certain cancers. But these reasons are not common and usually are accompanied by other symptoms.
If you are otherwise healthy, the cause for that metallic tang typically is benign, says family medicine physician Michael Rabovsky, MD. Dr. Rabovsky is Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and the Vice Chairman of the Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
If a metallic taste in your mouth is your only complaint, the cause might be one of several, including prescription drugs or a medical condition. Here, according to Dr. Rabovsky, are eight causes of a metallic taste in your mouth.
1. Poor oral hygiene can make your saliva taste like metal
If you don’t brush and floss regularly, the result can be teeth and gum problems such as gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth infection.
These infections can be cleared up with a prescription from your dentist. The metal taste typically goes away after the infection is gone.