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Metallic taste in my mouth

02/19/2009

Question:

What causes this metallic taste in my mouth?

Answer:

Sometimes a deteriorating silver filling may produce such a taste, and some medications have been reported to cause a metallic taste at times.

The most common cause for metallic taste sensation would be due to a minor problem with the sensory nerves, called burning mouth syndrome. For reasons no one understands, the nerves start sending back incorrect information to the brain, including information about pain, taste, and texture. You may have the taste component. To learn more about burning mouth syndrome, please visit the links below.

To confirm this diagnosis, however, you should make an appointment to see an oral pathologist.

Related Resources:

Burning Mouth Syndrome
Oral Conditions - Information for Patients (AAOMP)

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Response by:

Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University