Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)
- Burning mouth syndrome facts*
- Burning mouth syndrome introduction
- What are signs and symptoms of burning mouth syndrome?
- What are causes of burning mouth syndrome?
- How is burning mouth syndrome diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for burning mouth syndrome?
- What are helpful tips for dealing with burning mouth syndrome?
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Burning mouth syndrome facts*
*Burning mouth syndrome facts medical author: Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
- Burning mouth syndrome describes a painful sensation of the tongue, lips, or palate. It also may involve a general sensation of discomfort of the whole mouth.
- In addition to pain, other symptoms may include tingling or numbness, a metallic taste, and dry mouth.
- Chronic pain may lead to anxiety and depression.
- There are many different potential causes of burning mouth syndrome and diagnosis may require examination of the mouth, as well as evaluation for illnesses and diseases that can affect other organs of the body.
- On occasion, no obvious diagnosis or cause for burning mouth syndrome can be found.
- Treatment options are tailored to the cause of the syndrome.
Burning mouth syndrome introduction
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a painful, frustrating condition often described as a scalding sensation in the tongue, lips, palate, or throughout the mouth. Although BMS can affect anyone, it occurs most commonly in middle-aged or older women.
BMS often occurs with a range of medical and dental conditions, from nutritional deficiencies and menopause to dry mouth and allergies. But their connection is unclear, and the exact cause of burning mouth syndrome cannot always be identified with certainty.
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