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How to cure a metallic taste in mouth

Updated February 21, 2017

The human mouth has many bacteria in it and can get a variety of diseases and conditions. Brushing your teething and using mouth wash can help kill some bacteria, but some conditions require more. When you are experiencing a metallic taste in your mouth, you may think it is just something you ate, but actually, a metallic taste in your mouth is a condition called dysgeusia. It is not life threatening, but can be inconvenient. Dysgeusia can be caused by upper respiratory tract infections, hormonal changes, some medications (such as Capoten or Flagyl), tobacco smoke or nasal polyps. Proper mouth cleaning and an increase in zinc intake can cure dysgeusia.

Rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

Moisten your toothbrush with water. Sprinkle a half teaspoon of salt on your toothbrush. Pour a teaspoon of baking soda on your toothbrush.

Scrub all your teeth with the baking soda and salt solution on your toothbrush.

Rinse your mouth out with water.

Repeat this every morning and night for a week. Floss every night.

Take a 50 MG zinc supplement pill daily until you get rid of the metallic taste in your mouth that dysgeusia causes. Zinc is known to help cure dysgeusia because the mineral improves your immune system and promotes growth of new cells.

Go to a dentist if the metallic taste persists. If it stops, go back to using normal toothpaste twice daily and discontinue the use of the zinc supplement.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • 50 MG zinc supplement
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About the Author

Mark O'Brien started his professional writing career in 2000 at the "Newman Grove Reporter" newspaper. He was an English tutor while in school and earned an Associate of Arts in English from Northeast Community College. O'Brien indulges his mechanical side by fixing mowers part-time.