Burning mouth syndrome is a troublesome and irritating disorder, most often experienced by women after menopause. There are several problems that could be causing your burning mouth; have you experienced any of these?
- Hormonal imbalance: whether the result of menopause or medication, hormonal imbalances have been shown to cause a saliva deficiency, leading to the burning sensation.
- Vitamin deficiencies: are you taking your vitamins? And is it the correct dose for your gender, age and lifestyle? If you’re not sure, ask your primary care physician.
- Mouth irritants: this includes smoking tobacco, mouthwashes containing alcohol, certain medications and acidic foods and beverages. Look at what you can cut out of your diet to improve your burning mouth syndrome.
- Emotional problems: depression and anxiety have both been linked to burning mouth syndrome; if you suffer from one of these disorders, talk to your primary care physician for a referral for a counselor.
Burning mouth syndrome isn’t dangerous on its own, but it often reveals an underlying problem that, if left untreated, can cause real damage over time. If you’re dealing with burning mouth syndrome, mention it during your appointment. Livonia Family Dental is committed to holistic dental care, and we know that your mind, body and spirit all contribute to overall wellness.