11/20/2009 - Questions and Answers

What is Causing my Painful Mouth?

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What is Causing my Painful Mouth?

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My mouth is very sore ­ it's a sort of burning sensation that starts off in my tongue and spreads worse as the day wears on. I've had it now for weeks, and my doctor hasn't any good advice. Please help, it's driving me crazy.

 

Answer

Burning mouth syndrome can be painful and frustrating. The good news is that it's a treatable condition. Although it may take time, with the help of a team of health professionals, you can usually find a treatment plan that's right for you. Treatment of burning mouth syndrome is highly individualized and depends on each person's particular signs and symptoms and on the underlying cause or causes, if they can be identified. Most people with burning mouth syndrome can control their symptoms through tailored treatment plans.
 

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs that may involve your tongue, lips or widespread areas of your whole mouth, without any obvious reason. In the short term, you may gain some relief by avoiding irritating substances, such as alcohol-based mouthwashes, cinnamon or mint products, and cigarette smoke. Chewing on ice chips or sugar-free gum also may help. So can keeping your dentures out all night and brushing your teeth with baking soda instead of toothpaste. Ask your doctor for other tips to manage your pain and discomfort.
 

The disorder has long been associated with a variety of other conditions - including menopause, psychological problems, nutritional deficiencies and disorders of the mouth, such as oral thrush and dry mouth (xerostomia). Some researchers have suggested dysfunctional or damaged nerves as a possible cause. But the exact cause of burning mouth syndrome is often difficult to pin down, and pain may continue for months or years.
 

Other names sometimes used for burning mouth syndrome include scalded mouth syndrome, burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, glossodynia and stomatodynia. Treatment triggers improvement in symptoms for most people with burning mouth syndrome. But the type of treatment depends on the underlying cause. We hope this information may help you and your doctor find a solution to your mouth pain and burning sensation.

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Created on: 11/06/2006
Reviewed on: 11/20/2009

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