How to cure a metallic taste in mouth

Written by mark o'brien
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    Rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Rinse your mouth out with water.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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.

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