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Question: What causes your mouth and tongue to taste like blood, salt and metal. Even after you have brushed your teeth and gargled with mouthwash? Elaine

Answer: Dear Elaine,

The most common causes of metallic taste in the mouth include:

- Gingivitis
- Tooth infection
- Medications: antibiotics, antidepressants, drugs that treat blood pressure, rheumathoid arthritis.
- Iron supplements

Although not as common, the flu and heartburn can also cause a metallic taste.

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