Burning Mouth Syndrome is a Common Dental Disorder
Burning mouth syndrome is the name that dentists give to a set of symptoms that cause a chronic sensation of burning in the mouth without an apparent cause. It can affect the roof of your mouth along with your cheeks, lips, tongue, and gums. The symptoms can be mild or severe. In the latter case, it will feel like you have scalded the inside of your mouth with hot liquid. Gradual inability to taste food, dry mouth and a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth are additional symptoms.
Causes and Treatment for Burning Mouth Syndrome
Although doctors and dentists don’t know the exact cause of this disorder, several possibilities exist. These include:
- Dry mouth caused by medication, oral cancer, or dysfunction of the salivary gland
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Poorly fitting dentures
- Food reactions or allergies
- Oral habits such as teeth grinding, biting the tip of the tongue, and tongue thrusting
- An underactive thyroid or diabetes
- Irritation to the mouth such as using an abrasive toothpaste, drinking too many acidic drinks, using too much mouthwash, or overbrushing your tongue
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
If you recognize any of these symptoms, be sure to work with your doctor to reduce those that have a medical cause. Your dentist can help you regarding oral cancer, poorly fitting dentures, bad oral habits, stress causing teeth grinding and more. Your dentist can also help to prevent and treat infections in the mouth with regular dental cleanings and exams.
The Importance of Regular Preventive Care Exams
Your bi-annual dental appointment is about more than just cleaning your teeth. Your dentist also looks for problems such as oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and how well your dental restorations fit. The last is especially important when dealing with burning mouth syndrome since it’s a known probable cause. If you do have this disorder, it is important to find the best dental team with knowledge and experience and who will work with you to improve oral hygiene and address any other concerns you may have.
Ready to address your burning mouth symptoms? Dr. Paul Feldman at Suburban Essex Dental located in West Orange, NJ in Suburban Essex County can help you. We have been helping patients who have been experiencing a burning sensation in their mouth for a very long time. For over three decades our dental practice continues to grow. We constantly keep up with all the new technological dental advances as well as continue to grow our happy and completely satisfied patient list. Contact Suburban Essex Dental to schedule a dental appointment. Dr. Paul Feldman and the entire staff are happy to help you.