Have you ever experienced a burning discomfort in your mouth? This month Dr. Mary Rose discusses the causes and treatment for this uncomfortable condition.
Burning Mouth Syndrome is the medical term for ongoing or recurring burning in the mouth without an obvious cause. Acid reflux, emotional stress, anxiety and depression, hormonal deficiencies in post-menopausal women and neurological abnormalities have been identified as possible contributors of burning mouth syndrome. Other factors include medications, Type 2 Diabetes, allergies or reactions to foods, food flavorings, and other food additives, and vitamin deficiencies.
Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome include a dry mouth with an increased thirst, loss of taste, or a bitter or metallic taste, burning sensation on lips, tongue, or surface of the mouth between the gums and lips. It can appear suddenly and can be severe, as if the mouth was scalded.
Dr. Mary Rose Twohig recommends making an appointment if you are suffering from any form of oral burning for a proper diagnosis. Treatment for Burning Mouth Syndrome begins with avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, and tobacco. Alcohol-free dental products with minimal additives and flavoring are recommended. Other therapies to decrease the pain include stress management, yoga, and moderate exercise. Dr. Mary Rose Twohig recommends making an appointment if you are suffering from any form of oral burning for a proper diagnosis.