Why do you sometimes get a metallic or
metal taste in your mouth?
Our mouth, like the rest of our body, was designed to allow electrical impulses or
signals to be transmitted along nerve pathways and to facilitate energy or chemical
reactions inside cells and between cells. All this is part of the magic of life.
Electricity or electrical signals are essential to all biological processes. In our
body, electrical signals are carried through the nervous system, moving information to
and from the brain. Electrical signals communicate to our brain what the eyes see, what
the ears hear, what the fingers feel, and what our tongue tastes. Electrical signals from
our brain causes our muscle movements. Electrical signals cause each heartbeat. The
flow of electrical energy depends on a cellular liquid environment, filled with dissolved
electrolytes and enzymes. Dissolved electrolytes are minerals in solution that help
conduct electric currents, and enzymes are naturally occurring, reusable protein
substances that dramatically speed up biological reactions in the body. Enzymes are
key players in this fluid electrical energy dance. That is why water composes such a
significant part of our body. In one sense, our bodies are like rechargeable, constantly
So how do you get a metallic or metal taste in your mouth?
All metals, depending on the number of electrons surrounding their atoms, have
different energy levels. If a metal substance composed of two or more different metals
is placed in a solution containing salt, the salt solution will facilitate the flow of electrons,
or electrical energy, from one metal to the other. This movement of electrical energy
from metals of one energy level to metals of a different energy level is exactly how a
battery works. The more reactive, less stable metal will chemically corrode as it
produces electrical currents by releasing atoms into the electrolytic solution containing
salt or other minerals.
If the salt solution happens to be the fluid of our bodies, such as saliva, or
cellular fluid or blood, and the metals happen to be the components of a
dental filling material, or dental crown material, or implants, or metal parts of
braces, then the same thing will happen to the dental material. It will function
like a battery. Electricity will flow from one metal to another, chemically corroding the
less stable metal, and the result is that we may taste the metal being released into
our body fluids. Often the taste is described as similar to having a metal utensil, like a
spoon or a fork in the mouth all the time.
Not all metal tastes in the mouth come from dental materials. There are other reasons
for a metallic taste in your mouth. Some medicines can cause it. So can some medical
problems. But if you have metal in your mouth, and you have a metallic taste in your
mouth, it is highly likely that the taste is being caused by corrosion of the metal. If you
are also taking medicines for a medical problem, then it may be necessary to consult
with the physician who is treating you, for any possible connection of the metallic taste
with your medicines or medical condition.
Is there any harm from a metallic or metal taste in your mouth?
The electrical energy created by the dental filling battery, or other metals in our mouth,
produces an electric current of different energy output and frequency than the
biological energy produced by our bodies. The metal dental filling may interfere with
the natural, biological, electrical energy flow. It’s like putting the wrong batteries in a
computer or toy. Our brains produce an enormous amount of electrical energy at a very
low power output. Adding even a little more power to this energy flow is
disruptive to the biologically created electrical current, and can only have
long term negative consequences that we don’t fully understand.
It gets worse. For many years the dental profession claimed that corrosion of ‘silver’
metal dental fillings helped ‘seal’ the fillings in the tooth. They also incorrectly claimed
that these very same filings are ‘stable’, and do not release mercury. When they
realized that the two claims, corrosion and stability, contradicted each other, they
stopped saying that mercury containing silver amalgam fillings corrode, even though
they do all the time. The corrosion process releases dissolved metal into our
body. If the metal is toxic, like mercury in dental fillings, or the nickel in metal
braces or metal based dental crowns, even if you don’t taste the metals, you
are still being slowly poisoned by them.
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dealing with disease states.
So why doesn’t everybody with metal touching their teeth get a metal or metallic
taste in their mouth?
This is a very good question and one which is difficult to answer. Some people have a
very pronounced and unpleasant metallic taste in their mouths. Yet, the majority of people
who have metal filling or crowns in their mouths do not taste any metal.
One explanation is that it may be possible for the corrosion caused by the electrical
currents to make the surface of a dental metal more resistant to further corrosion, by the
formation of relatively stable chemical oxides. There is no scientific evidence that this
happens to the surface of silver-mercury fillings. Even when there is no taste detected,
the fillings generate electrical currents, which mean they are corroding and releasing
metals into the saliva.
Traditional dentists may tell you that the metallic taste is caused by a rare allergic reaction
to the metal. But this has never been scientifically documented. Do genetic differences
play a role? No one really knows. Although our tongue is extremely taste sensitive, is
there sufficient variation in taste sensitivity to account for a metallic taste by only some
people? Perhaps, but none of these possible causes seem to provide an adequate
So why do only a relatively few people taste metal after metal filings, or implants, or
braces, or crowns with metal are inserted in their mouths? The real answer may reside
in each person’s individual biological sensitivity to foreign substances and
environmental toxins. Common sense would dictate that people whose life style has
included exposure to all sorts of toxins on a daily basis would have a compromised
immune system. Toxic substances are everywhere. Most people are aware of the
synthetic food additives, colors and chemical preservatives found in processed foods, the
hormones and antibiotics found in meats, the pesticides in non organic fruits and
vegetables, plus all the similar toxic substances found in the air we breathe and the water
we drink. Since a compromised, poorly functioning immune system is unable to
adequately cope with environmental stresses, the result may be greater taste
sensitivity to metals than most other people experience.
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What can you do to stop a metallic taste in our mouth?
As we mentioned above, please check with your physician about any medicines you may
be taking or medical problems you may be experiencing. The next step would be to
consult with your dentist about the advisability of removing all the metals in your mouth,
which may involve considerable cost and stress. Contacting a biological dentist who is
experienced with the safe removal of mercury fillings is critical to success. The following
two websites can be of great help in this respect: www.iaomt.org, for the International
Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), and www.amalgam.org, for DAMS
How will nutritional support help me?
If a poorly functioning immune system is unable to adequately cope with
environmental stresses and the resultant sensitivity to toxins, isn’t it reasonable
to assume that a vibrantly healthy immune system will behave the opposite way
and enable you to easily and readily deal with the toxic stresses of any metals in
How can I make my immune system vibrantly healthy?
From a holistic perspective, the best way to make your immune system healthier is to:
- Follow a healthy life style by consuming the right kinds of foods and drinks,
including fruits and vegetables and other foods that are organic, whole grain,
unprocessed or raw, and contain no added sugars, chemicals or synthetic
ingredients of any kind.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid as many environmental toxins as possible.
This will create an internal, slightly alkaline, health promoting environment in your body
and second, you will make your immune system very strong.
Isn’t that really hard for most people to do?
That depends on your priorities. Since most people will rarely comply either partially or
fully with all of the conditions for health described above, the solution for strengthening
your immune system is to still consume the right kinds of foods and drinks when you can,
to still exercise and avoid toxins as much as possible, and to compensate for whatever
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metallic or metal tastes in your mouth. Taste is sensed
primarily through specialized cells on the tongue
called taste buds.
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