Understanding Burning Mouth Syndrome

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Understanding Burning Mouth Syndrome

You’re going about your normal daily routine. All of a sudden, you feel a burning or scalding sensation in your mouth, as if you just drank coffee that’s too hot. Odd — it’s been hours since you last drank coffee or had anything to eat. You ignore the sensation and go about your routine. But as hours pass, the sensation remains. According to a Shreveport dentist, you might be suffering from a condition known as burning mouth syndrome or BMS. 

What is BMS?

Healthcare experts have yet to fully understand what BMS is, due largely to the fact that there is not one specific cause of this condition. This makes BMS a challenge for both healthcare providers and patients to diagnose. People who suffer from this condition report symptoms like pain or burning sensation on the tongue, palate, or lips; changes in taste; numbness, and mouth dryness. BMS can persist from days or even up to months.

What causes it?

There are several potential causes of BMS. These include things like anxiety, depression, nerve damage, problems related to immunity, an adverse reaction to oral care products, stress, acid reflux, yeast infections, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, some types of medications, and ill-fitting dentures. We spoke to our friends at Laurich Dentistry and BMS is broadly classified into two categories. Primary BMS refers to the condition wherein a dentist or doctor cannot identify the underlying cause of the problem. Experts hypothesize that the most probable cause of the problem is nerve damage. Secondary BMS, on the other hand, refers to BMS caused by other conditions. Here, BMS is seen more as a symptom of a larger problem.

Treating BMS

In order to properly treat BMS, your Shreveport dentist or doctor will need to have a clear picture of your health and lifestyle. You will need to provide your healthcare provider with a list of medications you are taking. You should also inform your doctor or dentist if you drink and/or smoke. In order to zero in on the underlying cause of BMS, you might need to undergo several exams, including a blood test, allergy test, CT scan, MRI, and biopsy. If you are suffering from secondary BMS, your healthcare provider will need to treat the underlying cause. Treatments can involve the use of antidepressants, female hormone replacements, and supplements. Your healthcare provider may also advise you to avoid food, drinks and oral care products which contain alcohol, mint, and cinnamon. You will also need to avoid smoking, spicy and acidic foods.

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