Do you remember the burning sensation you experienced the last time you sipped on a cup of coffee or hot chocolate that was way too hot? It’s hard to forget and can be incredibly painful. Unfortunately, people suffering from burning mouth syndrome feel that pain on a regular basis throughout the day. In addition to the pain, symptoms can also include changing tastes or the loss of taste.
Burning mouth syndrome is the medical term that describes the presence of a chronic, ongoing burning sensation in the mouth without an obvious cause. While the cause hasn’t yet been determined, some scientists believe that the problem arises from a mistake happening in the central nervous system. “The cause of burning mouth syndrome is currently unknown, but research has shown that this is a neuropathic condition,” says Eugene Antenucci, DDS, a spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry. “It seems that the patient’s nerves are not sending or processing information correctly – there’s a short circuit in the nervous system and the brain can’t turn off the pain receptors.” A wide variety of other causes such as vitamin deficiency or dry mouth can also be the culprit.
Since the cause is unknown and can arise from a few different sources, the treatment options vary, depending on the cause.
In the end, if you’re experiencing symptoms of burning mouth syndrome, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist or doctor to discuss options. In the meantime, people with symptoms can try to drink more water, avoid tobacco. alcohol, and spicy foods in an effort to alleviate as much of the problem as possible.
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