My Burning Tongue Hurts

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Burning mouth syndrome usually begins suddenly with no warning. There is a chronic burning or scalding sensation involving the tongue, lips, gums, palate or cheeks. It affects women more often than men; and tends to occur in midlife around the age of 50. Some studies suggest that there are factors which can increase the risk. Primarily:

  • Stress
  • Prior dental work
  • Medications
  • Food Allergies
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Traumatic events in life

There are two types of burning mouth syndrome.

  • Idiopathic/primary) where the cause is unknown
  • Secondary where the cause can be traced to its source

Secondary burning mouth may be caused by any one of the following:

  • Stress
  • Dry mouth(xerostomia
  • Thrush
  • Yeast infections
  • Geographic tongue
  • Damage to nerves controlling the taste buds
  • Bruxism(involuntary grinding of teeth especially during sleep)
  • Nutritional deficiencies (B vitamins, zinc and iron)
  • Food allergies
  • Mouthwashes (especially those containing alcohol)
  • Soda pop
  • Change in hormone level as occurring during menopause
  • Citrus foods
  • Toothpastes (whitening and tartar control varieties)
  • Capsaicin(found in peppers and pain relief creams)
  • Bulimia
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Acid reflux
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Dentures that do not fit
  • Allergic reaction to denture materials
  • Hypersensitivity to mercury

Symptoms of burning mouth syndrome


  • Dry mouth
  • Changes or lost of taste
  • Increased thirst
  • Sore mouth
  • Bitter taste
  • Metallic taste
  • Burning sensation may involve lips, mouth, palate, tongue or gums
  • Tingling or numbness on the tongue tip or mouth

The symptoms of burning mouth syndrome (glossodynia or stomatodynia) can last for years. Indications may appear throughout the day becoming increasingly worse as the day wears on. There may even days where you are symptom free. There are no physical telltale signs of BMS (burning mouth syndrome). The condition may disappear as suddenly as it came. Frequently the cause of BMS cannot be found. Researchers think a possible cause for BMS is damage or a problem with nerves that control taste and pain in the tongue.

Relieving Symptoms Of Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid foods high in acid content (coffee, fruits, sodas)
  • Stay away from spicy foods
  • Suck on ice chips


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One Response to “My Burning Tongue Hurts”

  1. jasmin Says:

    Burning Tongue also identified as glossodynia, oral galvanism, stomatodynia is characterized by the nonstop burning sensation in all part of the tongue. If the burning is near in lips, inner cheeks etc then it is referred as burning mouth. Burning Tongue is precipitated by gum problems, chronic infections, dry mouth etc. Baking soda is very effective in curing Burning Tongue. Baking Soda is also known as Sodium bicarbonate .for more details click burning tongue.

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