What Is Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)?
Characterized by burning, scalding, numbness or tingling in the mouth, Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is painful and rare, with fewer than 20,000 cases reported in the United States each year. Also referred to as Glossodynia, Burning Mouth Syndrome may cause a metallic taste in the mouth, excessive thirst, dry mouth, or a sore throat. While symptoms can vary from person to person, painful sensations are more prevalent on the tongue, but may also affect the gums, lips, inside of cheeks, or the roof of the mouth.
Diagnosing and treating Burning Mouth Syndrome is anything but straightforward. In turn, it can appear suddenly or gradually, which adds to its mystery. Even so, dental professionals have been successful in recognizing the patterns of discomfort associated with Burning Mouth Syndrome. For instance, some individuals suffer from morning until night, with continuous pain, while others experience pain that increases as the day progresses. Yet, there are cases that come and go for no apparent reason.
While causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome are difficult to pinpoint, dentists and medical professionals classify potential causes as primary or secondary. While primary causes are less understood and believed to be problems relating to nerves of the peripheral or central nervous system, secondary causes may include:
- Xerostomia (dry mouth): when salivary gland function is affected as a result of certain medications, health problems, or treatments
- Oral Conditions: may include fungal infections of the mouth, including oral thrush, oral lichen planus (inflammatory issue), or geographic tongue (when the tongue resembles a map-like appearance).
- Vitamin Deficiencies: lack of iron, zinc, or vitamins B-9, B-1, B-2, B-6, or B-12
- Dentures: may occur when dentures do not fit well and begin to cause stress or irritate oral tissues.
- Allergic Reactions: most reactions are associated with food flavorings, color, additives, or dental-work materials and substances.
- GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease): when acidic substances from the stomach enter the mouth and cause irritation.
- Medications: specifically high blood pressure medications.
- Diabetes and Hypothyroidism
- Anxiety, Depression, or Stress
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