Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is characterized by a burning pain in the mouth which may happen every day for months or even longer. Other symptoms include numbness, dry mouth or an altered taste in the mouth.
Although the symptoms seem straightforward, BMS is difficult to diagnose because there is no stand-alone test designed for it. We will review your medical history and depending upon that, may suggest several specific tests according to your needs. We may also enlist the help of a family doctor or specialist.
There are two kinds of BMS. Primary BMS is caused by damage to the nerves that control your pain and taste buds. Secondary BMS is created by certain medical conditions, such as hormonal changes due to diabetes, thyroid problems, allergies, dry mouth, certain medicine, deficiencies of nutrition, and acid reflux. If in the course of various tests it is discovered that you have any of these medical conditions, you will likely be diagnosed with Secondary BMS. If not, you will likely be diagnosed with Primary BMS.
You may be prescribed a painkiller or a medicine to help control dry mouth, if that is the underlying cause of your BMS. In the meantime, you can offer your mouth temporary relief by sipping a cold beverage, sucking on ice chips or chewing sugarless gum. Avoid such irritants as tobacco, hot and spicy food, alcoholic beverages, mouthwash, and acidic products. Ask Dr. Chet B. Hawkins for other helpful tips.
If you are concerned that you may have Burning Mouth Syndrome, you will likely want to visit your family doctor first. However, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins and our expert dental team at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc in Houston, Texas can also help you get the diagnosis and treatment that you need to have much-needed relief and good health. Call us at 281-488-4242 today!