Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic condition that affects the mouth, tongue, and sometimes the lips, gums, and throat. It is characterized by a persistent burning, tingling, or numbness sensation, without any visible signs or apparent cause.
BMS is sometimes classified as primary or secondary BMS with primary having no apparent underlying cause and secondary having an underlying etiology. Primary BMS is not completely understood but may be neuropathic in origin. BMS is also associated with hormonal changes, or other underlying medical conditions, such as dry mouth, oral thrush, or acid reflux. BMS may also occur as a side effect of certain medications or dental procedures.
Diagnosis of BMS can be challenging, as the symptoms may mimic those of other conditions. Therefore, it is recommended to consult with an orofacial pain provider, who can conduct a thorough evaluation and review your medical history. This evaluation often includes labs and imaging.
Several treatments are available to help manage BMS. These may include medications, topical creams or mouthwashes, dietary changes, behavioral modifications or treating underlying medical conditions.
BMS can be frustrating and distressing condition, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, most people with BMS can find relief from their symptoms. If you are experiencing persistent burning or discomfort in your mouth, don't hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Lauren Levi.