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Experiencing Metallic Taste from Kidney Disease

Experiencing Metallic Taste from Kidney Disease-MetaQil
Meet the Author-Sara Juliano-MetaQil

Meet the Author: Sara Juliano, RDH

I have been a registered dental hygienist for over a decade. I have had the pleasure of working with amazing patients and educating them on their oral health throughout my career. Recently, I made the conscious decision to branch out within the dental field, choosing to maintain my dental hygiene license, and become a dental educator.

With a passion for oral and systemic health, I have seen clinically the direct impact systemic health can have on oral health. I will be extending my knowledge outside of the dental chair into the world and making an impact on the lives of others. Learn more about Sara, here

I have been a registered dental hygienist for over a decade. With a passion for oral and systemic health, I have seen clinically the direct impact systemic health can have on oral health. I will be extending my knowledge outside of the dental chair into the world and make an impact on the lives of others. Learn more about Sara, here

What is the Normal Function of the Kidneys?

The normal function of the kidneys is to filter and remove waste, toxins, and excess water from the blood. The kidneys also control the electrolyte balance of sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and other chemicals in the body.  

The filtering process is done in the kidneys through structures called nephrons. Nephrons are the functional unit of the kidneys that produce urine as excess waste is filtered out from the blood. 

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease may be a sign of renal failure. It is the sudden loss of the ability of the kidneys to remove waste from the body, and properly concentrate urine without losing electrolytes.  

Kidney disease is caused by dysfunction and dysregulation of normal kidney functions. This dysfunction of the kidneys means they cannot filter blood the way they should, therefore, increasing toxins in the blood and increasing systemic damage.  

You are at a greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, as this will increase fluid retention in the body. 

The Symptoms of Kidney Disease

  • Changes in urination (Healthy kidneys help filter blood to create urine)
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy skin
  • Swelling in your hands, legs, or feet
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Pain in the small of your back 
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Puffiness around your eyes 
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What Causes Metallic Taste in Those with Kidney Disease?

As your kidney function declines, waste builds up in your blood, this is called uremia. Uremia can lead to a metal-like taste in your mouth and bad breath. It may also lead to a loss of appetite, as foods can change in taste. This altered, metallic taste is medically known as dysgeusia

As waste builds up in your blood from the dysfunction of the kidneys, it may alter the normal healthy zinc levels in the blood, which may also cause a metallic taste. As the disease progresses, this may increase the symptoms of altered or metallic taste. If you have kidney disease, this will negatively impact the quality of your life. 

Symptoms of Metallic Taste

  • Stuffy nose 
  • Reduced appetite 
  • Swollen tonsils 
  • Bleeding and swollen gums 
  • Bad breath 
  • Dry mouth

Metallic Taste Problems

An altered, or unpleasant taste increases the tendency to add excessive amounts of salts, fats, oils, sugars, and condiments to satiate taste cravings. This may intensify the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other serious systemic health complications. The risk for oral health diseases and decay rates may also be affected due to an increase in sugars, sweets, and fermentable carbohydrates.  

Dysgeusia can also cause a lack of appetite due to an aversion to certain foods. This may lead to weight loss in those suffering from altered taste.  

Additional Tips

Little can be done to eliminate the metallic taste associated with kidney disease, however, here are some tips to temporarily alleviate metallic and altered taste: 

  • After meals, ensure you brush your teeth to prevent oral health infections 
  • Experiment with a variety of foods, seasonings, and spices, but try to stay away from heavy fats, sugars, and extra oils as a substitute 
  • Use non-metallic utensils, dishes, and cookware 
  • Quit smoking, this reduces carcinogenic toxins in the mouth as well as in the rest of the body 
  • Stay hydrated to retain moisture in your mouth 
  • Chew gum and mints that contain Xylitol 
  • Drink water with fresh orange, lemon, or lime to stimulate taste buds 
  • After meals, ensure you brush your teeth to prevent oral health infections 
  • Experiment with a variety of foods, seasonings, and spices, but try to stay away from heavy fats, sugars, and extra oils as a substitute
  • Use non-metallic utensils, dishes, and cookware 
  • Quit smoking, this reduces carcinogenic toxins in the mouth as well as in the rest of the body 
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  • Stay hydrated to retain moisture in your mouth 
  • Chew gum and mints that contain Xylitol 
  • Drink water with fresh orange, lemon, or lime to stimulate taste buds

For symptomatic relief, use MetaQil. MetaQil is a one-of-a-kind oral rinse to alleviate metallic and altered taste. Learn more about MetaQil here 

It is important to always be in contact with healthcare professionals about any changes in your conditions or symptoms. Lastly, taking control of your metallic taste symptoms is crucial for your quality of life. 

CITED WORK:

Maheswaran, T., Abikshyeet, P., Sitra, G., Gokulanathan, S., Vaithiyanadane, V., & Jeelani, S. (2014). Gustatory dysfunction. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, 6(5), 30. https://doi.org/10.4103/0975-7406.137257

Meyer, T. W., & Hostetter, T. H. (2007). Uremia. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(13), 1316–1325. https://doi.org/10.1056/nej mra071313 

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