Burning Mouth Syndrome is a condition that causes a person to experience a burning sensation in their mouth. The condition has no obvious cause and can be difficult to diagnose. While recommending a treatment can also be difficult, as no specific treatment works effectively for everyone who suffers from the condition, a professional dental clinic such as East Bentleigh Dental Group can provide assistance that may alleviate or eliminate symptoms. This blog contains further information about the causes and symptoms of BMS as well as possible treatments.
There are two types of Burning Mouth Syndrome: primary and secondary. Primary BMS is believed to be caused by nerve damage rather than an underlying medical problem, while secondary BMS is caused by underlying medical problems such as hormonal changes, allergies, medications, nutritional deficiencies, infections, and acid reflux.
The main symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome include burning or tingling in the mouth. Other symptoms may include dryness due to reduced salivary flow, numbness, and altered taste and smell. Discomfort is usually localised around the tongue, but it can also extend to the lips and the roof of the mouth. Without sufficient treatment, pain has been known to last for months or years.
Because there is no one cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome, treatments will vary from person to person. Underlying conditions that can be identified as the cause will need to be treated. Otherwise, pain medication can be used to control pain and relieve discomfort. Other suggestions range from sipping cold beverages and chewing sugarless gums through to avoiding irritating substances such as tobacco and spicy or acidic foods.
East Bentleigh Dental Group can provide assistance for a wide range of dental conditions, including Burning Mouth Syndrome. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.