If you have ever had the uncanny experience of feeling like your mouth was on fire, but you weren’t eating anything, you may be suffering from Glossodynia, or Burning Mouth Syndrome. Burning Mouth Syndrome is a rare occurrence in which sufferers experience a scalding sensation, often accompanied by tingling and severe pain on the front two-thirds of their tongues. The disorder can also affect the gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth, and the throat. Although Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) can affect anyone at any time, burning mouth syndrome has been documented as affecting mostly post-menopausal women (Kohorst, Bruce, and Davis).
Burning mouth syndrome can be accompanied by other symptoms such as dry mouth, soreness, or a bitter or metallic taste and causes extreme discomfort to those affected by it. Unfortunately, patients who suffer from burning mouth may also experience depression and trouble sleeping.
Causes of burning mouth syndrome are complex. Although not entirely known, it is linked to many other factors. Possible causes or triggers include:
With so many potential causes, you may not be able to easily pinpoint the origin of burning mouth syndrome on your own. But your dentist can diagnose and treat the condition.
After discussing possible causes, your dentist will check for oral problems that contribute to Burning Mouth Syndrome. In some cases, your dentist may refer you to a physician for a blood test to determine if a medical condition is the source.
Although this rare ailment is difficult to diagnose, treatment can help. Your dentist might start by recommending that you eliminate things that are known to cause dry mouth like smoking, alcohol and acidic drinks. Improving your diet, drinking more fluids, and taking vitamins or saliva replacements can also assist in reducing dryness.
If necessary, medications may be prescribed to regulate any medical conditions or infections that are known to trigger BSM. Improving your symptoms may be as simple as adjusting your dentures or adopting better oral hygiene.
Consulting with a qualified dental professional can help you treat and even prevent Burning Mouth Syndrome. We can help you find a dentists in your neighborhood. Call 1-800-DENTIST today.