Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

What is a Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome is a painful and often frustrating condition characterized by a burning sensation in the mouth and/or tongue. It is often accompanied by dry mouth and/or a bitter or metallic taste.

What causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?

BMS can be associated with vitamin b12 deficiency, oral yeast infection (Candida Albicans) or irritation from dentures or other oral prosthetics.

How do you treat Burning Mouth Syndrome?

If you have dry mouth, Dr. Pierri may advise that you drink more fluids or may suggest saliva-replacement products. An oral swab or biopsy may be used to check for thrush, which is a fungal infection. Thrush can be treated with oral antifungal medications. Any irritations caused by sharp or broken teeth or by a removable partial or full denture should be eliminated. Eliminating mouthwash, chewing gum, tobacco and very acidic liquids may help relieve the symptoms of BMS.
Some medications can cause dry mouth, which might aggravate the condition. If it is determined that no oral conditions are causing the burning sensation, disorders such as diabetes, abnormal thyroid conditions, Sjögren’s syndrome (a rheumatological disorder), mineral deficiencies or food allergies should be investigated.