Dysgeusia is a condition where you experience a strange metallic taste in the mouth, which is described as a bitter, bad, foul or iron taste. This type of foul taste can be both unpleasant and persistent.
In fact, a persistent metallic taste may cause foods to taste bad and generate a bitter aftertaste from even your favourite dish. This may lead to a loss of appetite as well as depression.
Some of the causes of the foul taste in the mouth include acid reflex, dehydration, breathing through the mouth, smoking, dry mouth, pregnancy, sinus problems, hyperparathyroidism, uncontrolled diabetes, upper respiratory infections, dementia, side effect of certain medications, and poor oral hygiene.
Here are 4 ways to get rid of a metallic taste in your mouth.
1. Salt Water
Salt is composed of sodium chloride, which restricts bacterial growth in the mouth as well as helping neutralise the acids. This is turn helps get rid of the metal taste.
Add 1 teaspoon of table salt to 1 cup of lukewarm water. Stir thoroughly until the salt dissolves completely. Use this solution to rinse your mouth 2 or 3 times a day and especially before going to bed.
2. Green Tea
If the dysgeusia is related to digestive problems, green tea can help treat it.
This healthy beverage helps fight bacterial infections and control inflammation, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Put 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves in a cup of hot water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add a little honey and drink it while the tea is still warm. Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day.
The spice cinnamon can also combat a foul taste in your mouth. Blend together 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and organic, raw honey to make a paste. Apply and keep the paste on your tongue for 10 minutes, then rinse the mouth thoroughly.
Do this twice daily until you get rid of the metallic taste. Add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder to 1 cup of water. Bring it to a boil, then allow it to steep for a couple of minutes. Drink this cinnamon tea 2 or 3 times a day. Chew a small piece of cinnamon stick after eating your meal.
4. Oil Pulling
First thing in the morning, put 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil in your mouth. Swish it around your mouth and through your teeth. Continue doing so for 15 to 20 minutes, until the oil becomes thinner and turns milky. Spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water. Repeat the process daily for about a month.