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What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Other Diseases By Ariba Khaliq , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Dec 27, 2012
What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

An ongoing (chronic) or recurrent burning in the mouth without an obvious cause is known as burning mouth syndrome. It causes discomfort in your tongue, gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth or widespread areas of your whole mouth.

Burning mouth syndrome is the medical term for ongoing (chronic) or recurrent burning in the mouth without an obvious cause. The discomfort may affect your tongue, gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth or widespread areas of your whole mouth. Burning mouth syndrome appears suddenly and can be severe, as if you scalded your mouth.

Unfortunately, the cause of burning mouth syndrome often can't be determined. Although that makes treatment more difficult, don't despair. By working closely with your health care team, you can often get burning mouth syndrome under better control.

Other names for burning mouth syndrome include scalded mouth syndrome, burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, stomatodynia and glossodynia.

You can try these self-care tips to help ease the pain of burning mouth syndrome.

  • Sip water frequently.
  • Suck on ice chips.
  • Avoid irritating substances like hot, spicy foods; mouthwashes that contain alcohol; and products high in acid, like citrus fruits and juices.
  • Chew sugarless gum.
  • Brush your teeth/dentures with baking soda and water.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco products.


Talk with your dentist and doctor about other possible steps you can take to minimize the problems associated with burning mouth syndrome.

 

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