Burning Mouth Syndrome - Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Burning Mouth Syndrome can cause major problems if neglected at early stages. Let us help you detect burning mouth syndrome in the right way to prevent it with the correct solutions.

Are you facing a painful burning sensation in your mouth? This can occur due to a condition called BMS- Burning Mouth Syndrome. Let us check out the details about Burning Mouth Syndrome. 

Locations affecting Burning Mouth Syndrome

The main location of Burning Mouth Syndrome is as follows- 

  • Lips
  • Tongue 
  • Roof of mouth 
  • Palate 
  • Gums 
  • Internal cheeks and buccal mucosa 

Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome

The symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome may be mild to severe, depending on the individual. 

The symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome are as follows- 

  • A sensation of burning pain in the mouth while eating hot food 
  • Scorching sensation in the mouth 
  • Tingling and numbness in the mouth 
  • Loss of appetite due to difficulty in eating 
  • Increased sensitivity of the mouth 
  • Starchy sensation in the mouth 
  • Soreness of mouth and throat 
  • The astringent sensation of the tongue and buccal mucosa 
  • Pricking sensation in the mouth

Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome

The important causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome are as follows- 

  • Allergy reactions to certain foods like herbs, spices, or seafood 
  • Dentures used by old people 
  • Dental treatment like a dental filling
  • Grinding of teeth seen in epileptic patients 
  • Clenching of jaws 
  • Bacterial or fungal infection of the mouth 
  • Dehydration leading to dry mouth 
  • Stress 
  • Vitamin Deficiency especially Vitamin B12
  • Anemia 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Diabetes 
  • Estrogen deficiency in menopause 
  • Calcium deficiency 
  • Chronic immunocompromised infections like AIDS 
  • Nerve issues like Parkinsonism or trigeminal neuralgia 
  • Endocrine disorders like hypothyroidism 
  • Neuropathy 
  • Autoimmune disorders like oral lichen planus 
  • Ulceration of the mouth and tongue 

Treatment for Burning Mouth Syndrome

It is important to treat the cause to eliminate the issue of Burning Mouth Syndrome. Speak to your doctor for a detailed consultation to find out the causative factors. Accordingly, medications can be done to treat Burning Mouth Syndrome. However, it is important to follow certain precautionary measures to prevent flare-ups of Burning Mouth Syndrome. 

Tips to Ease Burning Mouth Syndrome

Here are some essential tips to address the Burning Mouth Syndrome- 

  • Avoid spicy foods 
  • Avoid extremely hot foods, eat lukewarm foods and drinks 
  • Avoid acidic and sour foods and drinks like citrus fruits 
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, and tobacco 
  • Avoid mints and chewing gums 
  • Change your toothpaste if the burning sensation continues 
  • Drink water and keep yourself hydrated 
  • Take healthy nutritional and vitamin-rich foods
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Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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