Burning mouth syndrome, also referred to as scalded mouth syndrome, burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, glossodynia and stomatodynia can cause chronic burning pain in the mouth. Pain in burning mouth syndrome may involve the tongue, gums, lips, inner side of cheeks, roof of the mouth, or at times even the whole mouth. Pain in this condition can be severe, as if the mouth is scalded. The exact cause of burning mouth syndrome is not
The following are the symptoms of the condition.
Pain in burning mouth syndrome has variable characteristic ---such as mild pain on waking but worsening of pain as the day progresses, or severe pain from morning or intermittent pain (some days there is pain and some days may be entirely pain-free). Although this syndrome can cause severe pain and many other symptoms no noticeable physical changes are seen on the tongue or mouth.
Consult your dentist if you have pain or soreness on tongue, lips, gums, cheeks or other areas of your mouth.
There's no one sure cure for burning mouth syndrome. Your doctor will treat you based on your signs and symptoms, and the probable underlying condition. Treatment of the underlying cause can improve the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome. However if the symptoms are not secondary to an underlying disease treatment can be challenging.
The treatment options for the condition include:
Surgery is generally not recommended for burning mouth syndrome.
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