What is burning mouth syndrome?

If your mouth is suddenly burning but you haven't eaten spicy food, you may be asking yourself what could cause the unpleasant sensation. Burning mouth syndrome is one possible cause, but just what is burning mouth syndrome exactly?

Burning mouth syndrome is a chronic or recurring condition causing a burning sensation in the mouth. The burning can occur in the mouth on the lips, tongue, palate, throat and cheek area and it can become so intense that it feels as if you actually scalded your mouth. This syndrome is also sometimes called stomatodynia or glossodynia.

In addition to the burning sensation, some other issues that occasionally accompany burning mouth syndrome, including:

  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Sore mouth
  • Tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Numbness in the mouth or tongue

Possible Causes

Doctors and dentists are not always able to find the cause of this unpleasant and painful disorder. According to the American Dental Association and the

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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