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Treating Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs and may involve the tongue, lips or other areas of the mouth. This disorder has long been associated with a variety of conditions: hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, irritating dentures, gastric reflux, endocrine disorders, ACE inhibitor medications, allergies to foods or additives in foods/beverages, oral thrush, and/or dry mouth. The exact cause of burning mouth syndrome is very difficult to pin down; researchers have also suggested damaged or dysfunctional nerves as a possible cause.

Treating burning mouth syndrome can be tricky since the underlying trigger or cause must be revealed first. The good news is that it is a treatable condition, once the cause is revealed; which may take many tests and involve several medical professionals.

In the short term, some relief may be gained by avoiding irritating substances, such as cinnamon or mint products, tobacco products, alcohol and any alcohol based mouth rinses. Ice chips or sugar-free gum may bring relief if dry mouth is associated with the burning sensation. Using a mild toothpaste without any additives is recommended; as well as, removing dentures or appliance while sleeping.

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