It’s a condition that can cause the tongue, gums, cheeks, lips, or throat to feel as if they are burning every day for a month or longer. It can affect any tissue within the mouth and does not have any one noticeable cause.
This condition has a spectrum of irritation from complete numbness, to a slight tickle, to a feeling of being scalded.
Changes in taste may also occur such as an intense metallic taste in the mouth or loss of taste completely.
Sufferers of BMS may also experience a dry feeling in their mouth, tongue, or throat, coupled with a heightened sense of thirst.
Condition that trigger burning mouth syndrome includes :
Allergic reactions to oral gels
Stomach acid reflux
Oral fungal infections
And even stress and anxiety can all trigger a flare up of BMS.
Without being able to cite the cause, it is impossible to have one cure-all treatment for the condition. Deciding on a treatment course with your dental professional involves determining whether the Burning Mouth Syndrome is happening on its own or as a consequence of another condition.
Once this has been determined, possible treatment options include saliva replacement to combat dry mouth, oral rinses to treat fungal infections, therapy or counseling for stress related triggers, and certain nerve blocking medications.