Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Smoking Alter My Sense of Taste?

By    |   Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:47 AM

Question: I've been having a weird metal taste in my mouth, off and on. I brush my teeth every day and have no clue what it could be. Could it be caused by my cigarette smoking?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Metallic taste in our mouths is often an effect from certain medications (most often antibiotic medications). It can also be from localized infections, such as gingivitis, gum lesions, dental caries, or a dental abscess.
 
Cigarette smoking with flavoring added may also interfere with our sense of taste.

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