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Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is a condition that leads to a chronic burning sensation in the mouth. The pain may or may not have some effects on the gums, tongue and lips, as well as the roof of the sufferer’s mouth. The intensity of the pain ranges from mild to severe, as if the mouth has been scalded.

Know the Symptoms

As far as the signs of this condition are concerned, having scalding sensations on your tongue, lips, or within the mouth clearly indicates that you have the condition. In some cases, the pain develops in the late morning, which eventually builds into the evening while eases at night.

Here’s a list of some other signs:

  • Dryness or soreness in the mouth
  • Having a metallic or bitter taste
  • Having tingling sensations in the mouth or at the tip of your tongue

Know the Causes

Burning mouth syndrome can affect any person, but the condition is more likely to be found among women during menopause. It was once believed that burning mouth syndrome resulted from a mental disorder. However, today, it is thought that anxiety and depression can be contributors to the development of the syndrome but the condition may also result from coping with chronic pain.

Here’s a list of some other causes:

  • Changes in hormones
  •  Damaged nerves controlling pain and taste
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Thrush
  • Heartburn
  • Poor nutrition
  • Improper fitting of dentures

 

 

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