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Burning Mouth Syndrome: What is it?

Also known as burning tongue syndrome, burning mouth syndrome is a rare condition that can cause extreme discomfort in your mouth. If you’ve ever found that your mouth, throat, lips, or tongue burn—or notice that your food seems to have an odd metallic taste—you could be dealing with this unpleasant issue.

Unfortunately, no one knows exactly what causes this rare syndrome. However, you are at greater risk if you are a woman, are postmenopausal, or older than fifty. Sadly, due to discomfort, individuals with burning mouth syndrome may experience difficulty falling asleep, depression, anxiety, difficulty eating, and trouble socializing.

Fortunately, if you are dealing with burning mouth syndrome there are a few things you can do. First, we recommend visiting us as soon as possible. Total Care Dentistry will help you deal with this issue. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend visiting a specialist.

However, there are also things you can try at home to avoid discomfort. For instance, try drinking more—though we recommend avoiding carbonated beverages and alcohol. You should also avoid using tobacco products, spicy foods, and acidic foods and drinks. You should also avoid mint and cinnamon—even mint and cinnamon in toothpaste. Exercising, having a hobby, and staying active can also help.

Fortunately, if you follow these steps you’ll be able to combat the negative effects of burning mouth syndrome. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon at 757-309-4450. We look forward to hearing from you.