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Treating a Bad Taste in Your Mouth

Topic Overview

Everyone gets a bad taste in the mouth from time to time. Try the following simple home treatment measures to improve the taste in your mouth:

  • Gargle with water.
  • Brush your teeth, tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums using toothpaste.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
  • Drink liquids, chew sugar-free gum or mints, or suck on sour candies.
  • Use plastic utensils if you have a bitter or metallic taste when eating.

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By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Messenger, MD
Last Revised July 20, 2012

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