Jude from Long Sutton Dentistry gives help and advice on how to deal with the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome.

What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Burning Mouth Syndrome, also known as Glossodynia or Neuropathic Pain is a hot feeling or sensation which can affect your lips, tongue, palate and mouth in general. 

Although parts of the mouth feel like they are burning they will not in fact be hot to the touch and there will probably not be any redness or soreness at the area you feel is burning.

Statistics vary but it seems that less than 10% of the population suffer with this. The symptoms differ from person to person – some people suffer with a constant burning sensation whereas with others it comes and goes. Some people can also suffer from a metallic taste or even numbness and/or tingling. Burning Mouth Syndrome is a long-term condition which could affect you for months, years, or perhaps the rest of your life.

So What Is Causing This?

There is a change in the way that the nerves in the mouth are sending information to your brain. The brain is unable to read these messages properly and so, instead of reading temperature or taste it causes the feeling of burning or pain.

No-one knows what causes Burning Mouth Syndrome but there are some ideas including stress and/or depression, reaction to oral health products such as toothpaste or mouthwash, nerve damage or hormone changes. It is also thought that badly fitting dentures (or being allergic to the materials used to make dentures) can cause Burning Mouth Syndrome. But nobody has a definitive cause.

Who Does It Affect?

Burning Mouth Syndrome can affect anyone but is more common in women during the menopause.

Is Burning Mouth Syndrome Linked To Any Medical Conditions?

Yes, it has been linked with Diabetes, Thyroid problems, Candida infection (thrush), dry mouth and acid reflux. People with vitamin deficiency can also suffer with burning mouth syndrome.

So What Treatment Is Available?

Your dentist will give you a full examination and go through your medical history with you. They may refer you to your doctor to arrange allergy testing or for a blood test to exclude diabetes or thyroid problems.

Jude at Long Sutton Dentistry in Lincolnshire gives her advise on how to deal with the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome.

So What Treatment Is Available?

Your dentist will give you a full examination and go through your medical history with you. They may refer you to your doctor to arrange allergy testing or for a blood test to exclude diabetes or thyroid problems.

Treatment will differ according to the cause. Ill-fitting dentures can be adjusted or replaced, dietary issues can be addressed with supplements and if stress or depression is the cause counselling or anti-depressants may be offered. If there is a fungal infection such as thrush you may be prescribed medication in the form of lozenges.

As Burning Mouth Syndrome can be very wearing and can cause anxiety, other therapies may also be offered such as yoga or meditation.

Self-help…a few things can be done to reduce symptoms. Avoid spicy and acidic foods and drinks as these can irritate your mouth. Avoidance of alcohol can also help. Smoking and tobacco products are also an irritant so best avoided. Anything which helps stop your mouth getting dry will also help to reduce symptoms – sipping water regularly, sucking on crushed ice or chewing sugar-free gum which stimulates more saliva production.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms and feel you may have Burning Mouth Syndrome then please call 01406 364600 to book an appointment with one of our dentists and we will be happy to help you.

 

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