If you feel a burning pain in your tongue, lips, roof of your mouth, gums, or inside your cheeks, you may have burning mouth syndrome. The pain can be severe enough that it feels like you have scalded your mouth with hot liquid. If so, you may have burning mouth syndrome. Your Farmington Hills general dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will answer questions about burning mouth syndrome so you know if you should be concerned.
What Are the Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Patients with burning mouth syndrome are likely to feel a fiery discomfort in one, several, or all parts of the mouth, palate, and/or throat. Some patients report a numbness or tingling, diminished or metallic taste sensations, and dry mouth. Burning mouth syndrome discomfort takes on varying patterns. Symptoms might be intermittent or constant. Sometimes, the discomfort will diminish for several days, but then reappear, suddenly. Burning mouth syndrome patients report irritability, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, and trouble eating, because of the pain.
What Causes Burning Mouth Syndrome?
There are two types of burning mouth syndrome:
Primary burning mouth syndrome involves cases where the advent of the conditions is not easy to discern. The cause for these patients tends to be issues with the taste and sensory nerves, or the central nervous system.
Secondary burning mouth syndrome classifies symptoms that have an obvious underlying medical condition. One example would be a nutritional deficiency.
What Are the Treatment Options for Burning Mouth Syndrome?
Treatment methods depend upon the underlying cause of your case. Seeing your dentist to try and pinpoint the cause will help you find relief from your symptoms. If a reason for burning mouth syndrome symptoms is not obvious, you may need to try several treatment methods before you figure out what works best.
Treatment options include:
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- B vitamins
- Saliva replacement products
- Oral thrush medication
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Changing medication (do not do this without discussing with your general physician)
Visit Your Farmington Hills General Dentist
If you are experiencing any pain or unusual symptoms in your mouth, schedule an appointment with your Farmington Hills general dentist. For consultation regarding any general dentistry needs, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.