Taking the Sizzle Out of Burning Mouth Sensations
Burning mouth syndrome affects hundreds of people every year. Though women are affected seven times more often than men, men are not immune to burning mouth syndrome. Even though those over 40 are more likely to acquire burning mouth syndrome, those in their 20’s may also acquire the condition.
The symptoms can be alarming because it can be complex to define and it can be chronic. So, this oral health condition can have an impact on your social and professional life. There are numerous areas of the mouth that can experience the painful burning sensations associated with this condition, including:
- Palate (roof of the mouth)
- Inside of the Cheeks
- Back of the Mouth
- Dry Lips
- Sore mouth or lips
- Dry Mouth
- Tongue ling or numbness on the tip of the tongue or in the mouth and bitter or metallic changes in taste.
The condition is also termed other names, including:
- Burning Tongue Syndrome
- Burning Lips Syndrome
- Scalded mouth syndrome
Now, let’s get right down to the remedies. Your dentist’s recommendation is the first place to start. Yet, there are some self help remedies available to reduce burning sensation in your mouth and surrounding area including:
- Use alcohol free mouthwash
- Refrain from toothpaste comprised of an active ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Chew sweetened, sugarless gum containing xylitol.
- Refrain from burning sensation stimulation found in alcoholic beverages
- Try baking soda and water for your toothpaste.
- Refrain from highly acidic drinks, such as juices, coffee, and soda pop.
If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.