Burning Mouth Syndrome Symptoms and Treatments
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Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning Mouth Syndrome Symptoms and Treatments in London

Burning mouth syndrome can cause a significant amount of discomfort and distress, affecting your ability to eat, speak, and sleep. The burning sensation can vary in severity throughout the day and can also be accompanied by a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth, or a feeling of dry mouth despite adequate saliva.

The exact cause of burning mouth syndrome is not always clear, and it may occur as a result of a variety of factors including hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, anxiety, depression, damaged nerves, dry mouth or other medical conditions.

At Thousand Smiles, we aim to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide a personalized treatment plan that may involve:

  • Dietary modifications: Foods and drinks high in acidity or spice may aggravate your symptoms. We might recommend changes to your diet and advise you to stay hydrated.
  • Medications: Certain types of medications can help to reduce the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome, including specific types of antidepressants, anticonvulsants, or topical mouth rinses containing lidocaine.
  • Management of dry mouth: If dry mouth is contributing to your symptoms, we can recommend products to improve saliva flow or suggest you to avoid things that can worsen dryness like smoking, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy: As stress and anxiety can exacerbate the symptoms, some patients might benefit from psychological support.
  • Treatment of underlying conditions: If an underlying condition is contributing to the symptoms, we will work on treating it. This could involve prescribing supplements for nutritional deficiencies, changing a medication that might be causing your symptoms, or referring you to an appropriate specialist for further investigation and treatment.

If you think you might be suffering from burning mouth syndrome, don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8050 0280 to schedule a consultation. We’re here to provide the professional dental care you need to alleviate your discomfort and improve your quality of life.

Symptoms of burning mouth syndrome

  • Loss of taste
  • Bitter or metallic taste in your mouth
  • A feeling of intense thirst or dry mouth
  • Stinging sensation in the mouth
  • A feeling that the gum, palate, throat, entire mouth or lip is burning

The discomfort may occur in different ways. They include:

  • Recurrent pain
  • Daily pain with slight discomfort when you wake up and more pain throughout the day
  • Pain that begins when you wake up and continues throughout the day

Some patients experience this pain for months or years. Although it is uncommon, symptoms may disappear. Drinking or eating may ease you from sensations, and there will be no visible changes in the tongue or mouth due to the burning sensation.

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When do I need to visit the dentist?

You can visit our well-experienced dentist if you notice burning mouth syndrome. Our dentist and your general healthcare provider will work together to prepare the right treatment for you.

Causes of burning mouth syndrome?

Burning mouth syndrome may result from either of the following.

Primary burning mouth syndrome

This burning mouth syndrome occurs when the doctor can’t detect abnormalities from your lab or clinical analysis. Some studies suggest that this condition is linked to the central nervous system and taste issues.

Secondary burning mouth syndrome

It results from an underlying condition, which includes

  • Dry mouth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Allergies to different substances and food
  • Stomach acid reflux
  • Certain medications
  • Teeth grinding and tongue thrusting
  • Serious mouth irritation
  • Psychological factors
  • Other oral conditions

What are the risk factors?

Although burning mouth syndrome is rare, its risk increases for people above 50 and those experiencing perimenopause or postmenopause.

The cause of a burning mouth sensation is unclear, but the following may increase your risk of this condition.

  • Food allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Recent health condition
  • Certain medical conditions, such as Fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease
  • Previous dental treatments
  • Depression
  • Traumatic situations
  • Stress
  • Medications

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What are the complications?

The complications of burning mouth syndrome are mainly discomfort while eating and sleeping, anxiety and depression.

How can I prevent burning mouth syndrome?

There are no clear preventive measures for burning mouth syndrome, but you can reduce the pain and severity by avoiding acidic and spicy food, carbonated beverages and tobacco.

Burning mouth syndrome diagnosis

When you come to us for a diagnosis, we will have a review of your medical history and medications, an examination of your mouth and questions to explain your dental habits, care and symptoms to identify the condition.

The common diagnostic tests include:

  • Oral cultures
  • Blood tests
  • Allergy tests

Treatment for burning mouth syndrome

The treatments we use for this syndrome depend on if it is the primary or secondary burning mouth syndrome. Since the secondary cause results from a medical condition, we will treat the condition for its symptoms to improve.

Since the primary cause has no known cure, the treatment isn’t one course. It may include one or more of these options.

  • Special oral rinses
  • Saliva substitute products
  • Certain depressants

Self-care measures

We advise you support your medical treatment with the following,

  • Drink more fluids
  • Avoid using tobacco
  • Engage in stress reduction therapies
  • Avoid eating spicy and acidic foods and drinks

Coping with burning mouth syndrome

  • Try yoga
  • Avoid using tobacco
  • Engage in activities that reduce anxiety
  • Connect with family and friends

Getting ready for your appointment

You can prepare for your appointment with the following:

  • Take note of your medications and symptoms
  • Write the questions to ask your doctor
  • Ask if you need a pre-appointment routine
  • Get copies of your previous tests and consultations

You can contact Thousand Smiles today at 020 8050 0280 for an appointment with our dentist if you experience symptoms of burning mouth syndrome. You can also visit our dental practice or contact us for more information on oral healthcare services.

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