Burning Mouth Syndrome

Dr. ErnstWe’re all familiar with the scalding sensation felt from drinking a hot beverage, right? Can you imagine feeling this intense burning in your tongue, gums, and palate on a daily basis? Burning Mouth Syndrome, sometimes called Burning Tongue Syndrome, is a real oral concern, and the exact causes are difficult to pinpoint. Even so, dentists have identified a few causes believed to be associated with Burning Mouth Syndrome. Consider the following:

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva flow in the mouth. Whether due to hormonal changes or medication, chronic dryness in the mouth can lead to a host of dental problems, including Burning Mouth Syndrome.

Nutritional Deficiencies

When it comes to the health of oral tissues, foods rich in B Vitamins are believed to play a crucial role. Thus, if you’re suffering from Burning Tongue Syndrome, take a look at your diet. Are you eating enough healthy proteins (beef, chicken, and turkey), whole grains, and vegetables?

Mouth Irritation

While aggressive brushing can wear down tooth enamel, the same is true for tissues in the mouth. Brushing the tongue too hard can irritate it, causing it to burn. In turn, drinking high-acidic beverages can also irritate the tongue, as well as the palate.

Oral Thrush

Also called oral candidiasis, oral thrush is a fungal infection in the mouth. People often notice white patches or lesions on the tongue and inside the cheeks. While oral thrush is linked to different medications or health conditions, it is also believed to contribute to Burning Mouth Syndrome.

See Your Dentist

While you may have a greater understanding of Burning Mouth Syndrome and its possible causes, it’s important to discuss your specific symptoms with your dentist. There are a variety of treatments and remedies to reduce or even eliminate the painful burning you’re experiencing.

Pleasant Plains Dental offers high quality dental care that is personalized, considering all of your unique concerns. If you suspect that you have Burning Mouth Syndrome, please call us today. Dr. Ernst and the team at Pleasant Plains Dental are ready to welcome you. 

Posted on behalf of Dr. Henry J. Ernst, Pleasant Plains Dental