Burning mouth syndrome is a chronic condition that may not have an obvious source or treatment. The syndrome can afflict your tongue, gums, lips, the inside of your cheeks, and roof of your mouth with a burning sensation that may last for months to years at different intervals during the day. If you experience it, then talk to your dentist to determine if you have burning mouth syndrome. We can then prescribe medication or another treatment that should help improve your symptoms.
What Causes It?
There are two different versions of the condition, depending on the cause. Primary burning mouth syndrome has an undetermined cause, despite researchers’ efforts to determine the source.
Secondary burning mouth syndrome, on the other hand, is caused by an underlying medical condition or other factors, including dry mouth, dentures, allergies, or psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety.
Are There Any Symptoms Besides a Burning Sensation?
The ailment can also cause dry mouth, loss of taste, and/or a bitter or metallic taste. The burning itself may be inconsistent, and in rare cases may go away on its own over time.
How Do Dentists Diagnose It?
Diagnosing the condition may be a process of eliminating other diseases as the cause of your discomfort. We, or your regular doctor, may perform certain tests, such as a blood test or oral swab, or recommend a biopsy. Once we have studied the results, we can determine whether you have the syndrome, and what the best treatment might be.
What Treatment Options Are There?
You may be prescribed certain medications by your doctor to deal with the affliction. In addition, you can alleviate symptoms by drinking lots of water, avoiding spicy foods and alcohol, and trying to reduce your stress level.
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