Although benign, burning mouth syndrome can be unpleasant and might require you to visit a general dentist in Etobicoke. If you are experiencing a mild discomfort or a more intense burning feeling in your mouth, here’s what you need to know about this condition.
What Is Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Burning mouth syndrome, also referred to as BMS or glossodynia, is a condition that causes the mouth to feel extremely hot or on fire. The sensation can be felt on the tongue, gums, inside cheeks, lips or across the palate portion.
It is often considered neuropathic pain as it generally occurs after a person suffers damage to the nerves within the mouth. The brain is not able to interpret the nerves’ message in regard to a change of temperature and instead responds with a burning or hot sensation.
What Causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?
BMS can occur for a number of reasons, such as:
- Hormonal changes
- Allergic reaction
- Nutritional deficiency
- Mouth infection
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
- Immune system issues
- Nerve damage
- Badly fitting dentures
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive consuming of acidic foods or drinks
Medical Conditions That Can Cause Burning Mouth Syndrome
BMS can also be directly or indirectly linked to medical conditions such as diabetes, acid reflux, thrush, thyroid issues, and dry mouth. In most cases, treatment of the medical condition or disorder can also help alleviate or prevent BMS.
Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome
The symptoms can vary from person to person with some people experiencing mild discomfort while others may feel unbelievable pain.
- Burning/scalding sensation
- Bitter or metallic taste
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Increased thirst
- Loss of taste
How Is Burning Mouth Syndrome Diagnosed?
Your general dentist can perform a basic examination to diagnose BMS in conjunction with reviewing your medical history. Further testing, including blood work and/or an allergy test may be needed to narrow down the cause of the BMS.
Home Treatments for Burning Mouth Syndrome
The discomfort and/or pain with BMS may be treated with home remedies and by following medical recommendations.
- Drink Fluids or Suck Ice Chips: The burning sensation may be comforted with consumption of cool water or ice.
- Avoid Acidic Food & Drinks: Prevent prolonging the burning or hot sensation by avoiding acidic or spicy foods and beverages.
- Change Dental Products: Avoiding use of mint-flavoured toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash can prevent the sensation from intensifying.
- Reduce Stress: Reducing stress may alleviate symptoms, as well.
Dental Treatments Available for Burning Mouth Syndrome
If you suspect you might have BMS, it’s highly recommended to visit an Etobicoke general dentists for treatment. A dentist can provide you with a proper diagnosis and effective professional treatment for the condition and/or its underlying causes. The physical symptoms BMS may be treated with pain relievers or oral rinses.
Visit Princeview Dental for General Dental Services in Etobicoke
Contact us today at (416) 231-4562 for a personal consultation to begin your customized dental plan. Visit us in our updated dental office, located under the Crooked Cue Pub and Restaurant at 3052 Bloor Street West.