How to Manage Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning Mouth Syndrome can literally be a pain. Depending on the cause, though, a variety of treatment options do exist.

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Everyone has sipped a too-hot cup of coffee or dug into a bowl of soup too soon and scalded the mouth and tongue. Unpleasant, yes, but fortunately temporary. However, if you feel that sensation all day every day, you might be living with a condition called burning mouth syndrome.

Affecting close to 5 percent of Americans, burning mouth syndrome, or BMS, most often strikes the top of the tongue, lower lip, and roof of the mouth. Besides the burn, you may also experience a dry, gritty feeling in your mouth and changes in your taste buds.

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Looking for the Source

“The cause of burning mouth syndrome is currently unknown, but research has shown that this is a neuropathic condition,” says Eugene Antenucci, DDS, a spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry. “It seems that the patient’s nerves are not sending or processing information correctly – there’s a short circuit in the nervous system and the brain can’t turn off the pain receptors.”

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