Burning Mouth? Why It Burns And How To Cure It

That mouth burning sensation you get when you eat your favorite spicy food is one thing, but when you experience that same burning sensation without eating spicy foods, you could be suffering from Burning Mouth Syndrome.

Symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome

Many people who suffer from Burning Mouth Syndrome only experience a burning sensation in the mouth that doesn't go away. More severe cases can include blister-like growths on the tongue.

Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome

There are several causes that include:

  • Rough or sharp teeth
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants 
  • Calculus
  • Dental appliances and implants
  • Consumption of irritating foods
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco

If you have recently started wearing a dental appliance or had an implant put in place and the burning sensation seems to have started soon after, you could be allergic to the material that it is made of. Contact your dentist immediately so that he or she can examine your mouth and determine if a new appliance or implant needs to be made to resolve the situation.

Treatments for Burning Mouth Syndrome

You will have to work with your dentist to find a treatment for this problem. He or she will probably first look at any dental work that has recently been completed to determine if the problem is caused by an allergy to the materials that were used.

If the problem is not caused by an allergy, the dentist will look for sharp or rough edges on your teeth and repair anything that is found.

If you are one of the unfortunate few that has the blister-like coating on your tongue, your dentist will likely prescribe a mouth rinse to relieve the burning feeling and help the blisters to heal more quickly.

Remedy the Symptoms at Home

To find some relief on your own, there are a few things you can try.

  • Chew sugarless, non-spicy gum to increase the amount of saliva your mouth produces.
  • Drink more water through the day to keep your mouth wet and wash away bacteria and acids.
  • Chew on ice chips to cool the burning sensation.
  • Don't use mouthwash that contains alcohol.
  • Don't eat foods or candies that are spicy or mint flavored.

This is a problem that probably won't cure itself. You will need to work with your dentist to find a cause so that a solution can be found. Don't continue living with that constant burning feeling – a few small treatments and you could find permanent relief.