If your mouth sometimes feels like a hot, dry sauna, you are not alone. This is called burning mouth syndrome which can be related to a variety of diseases, infections, and medications. If you have a dry, burning sensation on your tongue, hard palate, lips or anywhere in your mouth, call Dr. Dernick at Smiles of Memorial to plan a visit. Although burning mouth syndrome is usually associated with another cause, it can occur on its own in response to stress or hormonal changes.
What are the Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome?
One of the tell-tale signs of burning mouth syndrome is in the name, an uncontrollable burning, dry sensation in your mouth. Other common symptoms are thirst, loss of taste or a metallic sense of taste, or a tingling in or around your mouth. Symptoms can occur all the time, in the morning and/or at night, or worsen throughout the day. If you have any of these symptoms, call Dr. Dernick and the Smiles of Memorial team to discuss your symptoms.
Causes Of Burning Mouth Syndrome
Alone, there is not usually a clear sign of what causes burning mouth syndrome. The syndrome is usually a side effect or complication of another dental or overall health concern. Common conditions that accompany burning mouth syndrome are: dry mouth (xerostomia), oral infection (thrush), clenching and grinding teeth (bruxism), certain medications, stomach reflex (GERD), nutritional deficiencies, and endocrine disorders. Further, as with most oral health conditions, a poor oral health routine can lead to the secondary condition, burning mouth syndrome.
Treatment Options For Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome usually occurs with no warning signs and there is no clear treatment option. Decreasing your stress level, eliminating the use of tobacco products, avoiding spicy foods, and limiting acidic and/or carbonated drinks can decrease your risk of developing burning mouth syndrome. The population that has the highest risk of developing burning mouth syndrome is postmenopausal women over 50 years old. Even though there is no clear treatment, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Dernick if you experience any of these symptoms. Dr. Dernick and the Smiles of Memorial team can help you live with burning mouth syndrome.
Although burning mouth syndrome is not common, it is important to know the risk factors and symptoms associated with it. For more information about burning mouth syndrome or oral health call Smiles of Memorial Houston, Texas, today!