Posted on 5/9/2022 by Advanced Dental Specialty Group
Burning mouth syndrome is a medical scenario where you experience a severe burning sensation in your mouth, from your lips to your gums, tongue, the roof of the mouth, and inside part of your cheeks. The burning sensation usually lacks a definite cause. Our specialists can help you manage these symptoms and reduce your discomfort.
Primary burning mouth syndrome
When the diagnostic tests fail to produce any causes for the burning sensation in your mouth, your condition is classified as primary burning mouth syndrome. This condition may be related to complications in the sensory nerves of the central and peripheral nervous system and taste problems.
Secondary burning mouth syndrome
When your condition results from underlying health conditions, it is classified as secondary burning mouth syndrome. This condition may result from dry mouth, a side effect of various health conditions such as HIV or salivary gland problems.
Oral thrush is another possible cause of secondary burning mouth syndrome. Oral thrush is a fungal infection that occurs in the mouth. Other oral conditions that may cause secondary burning syndrome include the oral lichen, an inflammatory condition, and the geographic tongue which makes your tongue resemble a map.
Excessive consumption of acidic drinks and overuse of mouthwash may lead to burning mouth syndrome as these habits cause irritation to the mouth. Other oral habits such as grinding your teeth and over brushing also contribute to the development of the syndrome. The syndrome is also caused by allergic reactions to dental materials, foods, drinks, and fragrances.
Our experts recommend avoiding smoking, spicy food, and carbonated drinks to reduce the discomfort associated with burning mouth syndrome. Request an appointment at our practice for more information concerning the burning mouth syndrome, its symptoms, and possible causes.
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