This is also known as Burning Mouth Syndrome. For many patients it is chronic, ongoing,  with no identifiable cause, and often worsens during the day. It may present as

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Oral pain
  • Altered taste sensation
  • Discomfort and itchiness of hard palate, lips and tongue

Some possible causes of oral burning include:

  • Viral or fungal infections (eg candida)
  • Trauma (eg damage to the tongue surface due to eating disorders, gastric reflux, dehydration, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy)
  • Salivary gland or immune disorders (eg Sjogren’s syndrome, Oral Lichen Planus)
  • Pathological  (eg cancer)
  • Metabolic issues (eg poor nutrition, diabetes, thyroid problems, hormonal changes such as menopause)
  • Medication
  • Allergies
  • Vitamin B, Iron or Folate deficiencies
  • Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s
  • Tobacco and alcohol abuse
  • Mental health illness

Treatment for Oral burning includes:

  • Ensuring adequate hydration
  • Vitamin B12, Iron or Folate supplements
  • Zinc supplements
  • Laser therapy
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Clonazepam
  • Capsaicin mouthwashes
  • Potential change in medication.

If you feel that you may be suffering from Oral Burning please consult your general practitioner or contact us to make a consultation appointment with one of our EDG dentists.