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Burning Mouth Syndrome (Glossodynia)

Information about Burning Mouth Syndrome

We Have to Know about the Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • This condition Is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs that may involve your tongue, lips or widespread areas of your whole mouth

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Pain at the angle of mouth?

Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Oral yeast infection (thrush) that occur with diabetes, denture use, and certain medications
  • Geographic tongue, a condition that causes a dry mouth and a sore, patchy tongue
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Nutritional deficiencies like iron, zinc, folate deficiency
  • Irritating dentures
  • Nerve disturbance or damage (neuropathy
  • Reflux of stomach acid
  • Oral habits such as tongue thrusting and teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Excessive irritation of the oral tissues may result from excessive brushing of your tongue, overuse of mouthwashes or consuming too many acidic drinks

Do’s and Don’ts of Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Drink a large amount of water

Signs & Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Burning sensation involving your tongue, lips, gums, palate, throat or widespread areas of your whole mouth. Sensation in the affected areas is like hot or scalded as if they had been burned with a hot liquid
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore mouth
  • A tingling or numb sensation in your mouth or on the tip of your tongue
  • A bitter or metallic taste

Medical advice for Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • If you have persistent pain or soreness in your tongue, lips, gums or other areas of your mouth

Risk factors of Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) Excessive mouth irritation, which may result from overbrushing your tongue, using abrasive toothpaste, overusing mouthwashes or having too many acidic drinks
  • Psychological factors, such as anxiety, depression or stress

Treatment for Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Saliva replacement products
  • Antidepressants

Self-care for Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Avoid irritating substances, such as alcohol-based mouthwashes, mint products, and cigarette smoke
  • Chewing on ice chips may help
  • Keep your dentures out all night and brush your teeth with baking soda instead of toothpaste

Investigations for Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Oral swab culture or biopsy, Complete blood count.
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