What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 7:02 pm

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) frustrates patients and doctors, but the pain felt by patients is very real.

The patient feels oral pain that includes burning sensations or the feeling like they have scalded their mouth. The medical practitioner looks at the mouth and sees gums and oral tissues that look perfectly normal. This means that diagnosis is difficult and some patients end up visiting several doctors before they receive a final diagnosis.

Burning mouth syndrome can last for months and the exact cause is unknown. Scientists suspect that the nerves beneath the lining of the mouth deteriorate and cause the sensation. Because the syndrome is predominantly seen in women between ages 50 and 70 who are either, just entering menopause or a few years after menopause, hormones may be involved. The hormonal link has not been proven.

The signs of burning mouth syndrome include:

  • Persistent oral pain or burning sensation with no obvious dental cause.
  • Abnormal taste or dry mouth.
  • The burning sensation may move around the mouth.
  • Pain may abate when eating.

At the first sign of any oral pain you should contact your dentist for a thorough examination of the entire mouth. The pain from BMS can affect nutrition, work and social withdrawal. While there is no “cure” for burning mouth syndrome there are ways to manage the symptoms including special mouthwashes, topical medications and pain management.

Wilbanks Smile Center is pleased to provide a full range of dental services in our Toccoa, GA office. Please contact us at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit.

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