Burning mouth syndrome is a rare but debilitating ailment that affects about 20,000 people in the U.S. each year. While treatment for burning mouth syndrome is available, at present, there is no permanent cure for the condition. If you think you or a loved one may suffer from burning mouth syndrome, read on to learn more about the symptoms, causes and available treatments, including help from Creative Dental in Westfield, NJ.
What are the Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Burning mouth syndrome has particular symptoms that can be used to help diagnose this condition. A medical diagnosis is needed, but you and your dentist may be able to identify symptoms that could be related to burning mouth syndrome.
The areas affected by burning mouth syndrome include the tongue, inside of the cheeks, gums, lips, under the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. In some cases, the area affected may be sparse, while in others, the entire mouth is affected.
The symptoms of burning mouth syndrome can come on suddenly, or they may slowly develop over a length of time. Here are some of the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome.
- Sensation of a scalded tongue, without being able to connect it with eating or drinking hot foods or beverages
- Burning sensation in one or several areas of the mouth, including any part listed above.
- Chronic dry mouth and insatiable thirst
- Metallic or bitter taste in the mouth and/or throat
- Decrease or absence of the sense of taste in a small patch of the tongue or all over
The timing of the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome is individual. In some persons, the symptoms happen every single day and become progressively worse as the day wears on. In others, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are pretty steady from waking until falling asleep. In still others, symptoms of burning mouth syndrome are sporadic, with no discernible pattern.
What Causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?
There are two known types of causes of burning mouth syndrome, known as primary and secondary. The primary cause of burning mouth syndrome has to do with internal problems with the nervous system relating to sensory nerves. The possible secondary causes of burning mouth syndrome are more abundant. They include:
- Chronic dry mouth
- Oral fungal infection
- Vitamin and/or mineral deficiency
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Allergic reactions
- Chronic acid reflux
- Medication side effects
- Oral habits
- Disorders of the endocrine system
- Stress and/or depression
- Soft tissue irritation
It’s important to note that while there is no cure for burning mouth syndrome itself, many of the secondary causes of burning mouth syndrome can be diagnosed and/or treated by a dentist. The only way to ensure that secondary causes are caught right away is to keep regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist.
What Treatments are Available for Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Your dentist will be the first person you can consult with about your oral health issues, and any symptoms of burning mouth syndrome that you may be experiencing. Treatment will be worked out between you, your dentist and your medical physician. Treatments may include:
- Oral Rinses
- Denture refitting
- Prescription medication
- Saliva replacement products
There’s no need to suffer silently with burning mouth syndrome. If you suspect you may have this condition, contact the professionals at Creative Dental today to make an appointment. Your health depends on it!