Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a complex condition where you experience ongoing burning in the mouth. It is a highly uncomfortable and painful syndrome and without proper treatment, it can lead to a more serious infection. Burning mouth syndrome can last up to months or even years so it is important to get checked as soon as possible if symptoms arise. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.

Common Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome

BMS is a painful condition often described as a burning, scalding, or tingling feeling in the mouth that may occur every day for months or years. Other symptoms include:

  • Burning of the lips, tongue, cheeks, or the roof of your mouth
  • Numbness
  • Taste changes
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent discomfort 
  • Pain increases throughout the day
  • Difficulty falling asleep

The best way to help reduce these symptoms is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then review your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.

Common Causes Of Burning Mouth Syndrome

Sometimes BMS is caused by an underlying medical condition, including:

  • Allergies
  • Dry mouth
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Hormones
  • Certain medications

Other times, no cause can be identified, and the condition is called primary or idiopathic burning mouth syndrome. Research suggests that primary burning mouth syndrome is related to problems with taste and sensory nerves.

Possible Treatments For Burning Mouth Syndrome

Since the specific cause of BMS can’t always be determined, finding the right treatment can be challenging. Some possible treatments include:

  • Use of certain oral rinses
  • Nerve blocking medications
  • Saliva substitute
  • Use of certain pain-relieving toothpaste

Who Treats Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Our dental experts can diagnose and treat any underlying condition that may be contributing to your burning mouth syndrome. Our dentists can work together with your doctor to help pinpoint the cause and develop an effective treatment plan and help alleviate the pain BMS is causing you. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.