In Disorders, Senior Care

Although it’s most common in older women, anyone can suffer the effects of Burning Mouth Syndrome, an odd burning sensation of the lips, tongue or mouth without any apparent cause. Here’s what you need to know about this strange condition.


The cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome isn’t completely determined as of yet, although the cause in some cases can be identified as vitamin or nutrient deficiencies. In other cases, diabetes, the onset of menopause and cancer therapy have been shown to be causes. You can also develop Burning Mouth Syndrome if you grind your teeth, have poorly fitting dentures or take medications that cause dry mouth.


Treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome can be tricky, and we’ll need to work together to try and determine the cause before we begin. You may need a medication to increase saliva production or reduce a fungal infection, or we might need to adjust any ill-fitting dental appliance.

If we cannot determine the cause of your Burning Mouth Syndrome, I’ll provide you with suggestions on where to look next. For example, in post-menopausal women, hormone replacement therapy can be effective. Your primary care physician may be able to provide a solution, or might instead provide you with a referral to a specialist.

Together, we will work to get to the bottom of your Burning Mouth Syndrome, and with Livonia Family Dental’s holistic approach, you can be certain that you’ll receive the best possible care.

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