vegan dr martens How can I relieve the burning in my mouth
Karen, thank you for your question. As you have experienced, burning mouth syndrome (BMS) can be a painful, frustrating condition that causes a sensation of moderate to severe burning in the mouth which can last from months to years. The pain can include your tongue, lips, gums, insides of your cheeks, roof of your mouth, and can feel like you’ve scalded your mouth.
While BMS can affect anybody, its more common among middle aged or older women, according to the National Institutes of Health. Some people experience a bitter or metallic taste in their mouth, a dry or sore mouth, or tingling or numbness in the mouth and tongue. The pain can take on different patterns, according to the Mayo Clinic, including starting with mild pain when you awaken, but worsening as the day goes on, or it can be severe all day, from the beginning of the day. It can also come and go, or you may experience days without any pain at all.
The syndrome is frustrating because it’s often difficult or impossible to pin down the cause of the burning, making treatment a challenge. Possible causes range the gamut, including hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, oral candidiasis, acid reflux, ill fitting dentures or an allergy to denture materials, dry mouth caused by medicines or disorders, damage to nerves that control pain and taste, excessive mouth irritation resulting from over brushing of your tongue, overuse of mouthwash, having too many acidic drinks, or anxiety and depression.
To diagnose BMS, your health care professional is likely to run blood work looking for signs of nutritional deficiencies, infection, and disorders that are associated with BMS, which include diabetes or thyroid problems. They will also swab your mouth to check for oral candidiasis. Another option is to test for allergies to denture materials, foods, or other substances that may be causing your condition.
When the cause of the BMS can’t be identified, it’s called primary, or idiopathic burning mouth syndrome. When the cause of BMS can be identified such as a nutritional deficiency for iron, zinc, one of the B vitamins, or an allergy to denture materials, it’s called secondary burning mouth syndrome.
Your treatment for BMS will depend upon the cause of the burning. If your dentures are causing the irritation, they will need to be adjusted or replaced; if it’s due to a medical condition such as diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome or a thyroid problem, your medical professional will treat the underlying condition;
supplements will be used to treat a nutritional deficiency; if a prescription drug is causing your burning mouth, switching medications may be an option, and medications can be prescribed to relieve underlying conditions including anxiety and depression, dry mouth, oral candidiasis, and pain from nerve damage.
If a cause cannot be found for your BMS, your treatment will focus on relieving your symptoms of pain. There are also things that you can do to relieve mouth pain and dryness, including sucking on ice chips, chewing sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist, sipping water frequently, brushing your teeth or dentures with baking soda and water, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and irritating substances such as spicy foods, mouthwashes that contain drying alcohol, and acidic products like citrus fruits and juices.
I have had burning mouth and tongue for about 5 years. I have seen numerous doctors, naturopaths, oral pathologists and dentists. All could offer no assistance. About 3 months ago, I started using Bio Strath tablets, available at a natural supplement store (the liquid didn work for me). I take 2 before each meal. It took about one month, but I have my life back! The pain has definitely decreased from intolerable to very manageable. My symptoms followed the Mayo Clinic description exactly but now I have relief! Thank you God!
July 3, 2012 at 11:05
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I experience BMS about 4 years after going through menopause, which I understand is very typical. I play a wood wind instrument as well and playing became very painful and difficult to control. At the same time BMS appeared my hot flashed suddenly increased and I began having problems with acne. I concluded that hormones were a factor in this, however my doctor refused to do a hormone level check and insisted that my thyroid levels needed to be checked. Of course my thyroid was fine. I spoke to my dentist and ENT, as well and they said there was no none cause or cure. So, as I suspected, I was on my own. I have discovered that the herbal supplement Menopause Support made by NOW has made an incredible difference. For the most part it is under control and the pimples and hot flashes are almost gone. If I stop the supplements it comes back. I also experimented with food allergies and I think wheat seems to bother it also.
February 9, 2013 at 12:15
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I had burning mouth syndrome off and on. When I had it before, I just took 2 Tbl. of nutritional yeast, which is high in B vitamins, and that usually took care of the problem. This time, I not sure what going on. I am going through menopause and I am depressed, so it could be one of those experiences. I am going to try increasing my vitamin D, like someone suggested.
March 19, 2013 at 20:20
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I am 60 years old. I have burning tongue syndrome for more than two years. I went to an oral surgeon as well as my dentist but they didn know how to treat mine. I got relieve from discovering I was difficient in bioflavinoids. I was taking vitamin C but without bioflavinoids. When I began eating tangerines and really chewing on the white stringy parts did I find any relief. I still have it a little bit but now I hardly notice it. I was horrible before. Good luck to you.
January 13, 2014 at 11:46
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I have had 3 different dentures in the last 2 years I got a new one 2 weeks ago and have had burning mouth as soon as I put the denture in ( upper only) after I take them out it doesn even go away itake ibuprofen to relieve some of the pain but it wakes me up in the middle of the night it gets so bad if I don wear the denture it takes about 3 days for the burning to go away but then as soon as I put them back in it starts all over again what could be causing this
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