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Burning Tongue Syndrome: What Causes It?


Posted on 1/11/2021 by office
Burning Tongue Syndrome: What Causes It?Burning tongue syndrome is quite an uncomfortable and frustrating condition. It is characterized by a burning sensation that is similar to a hot coffee burn that affects the tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, and the back of the throat. This condition is also known as “scalded mouth syndrome” or “glossodynia.”

The condition may persist for many years. People who have this condition may be fine in the morning but experience gradually increasing pain throughout the day. The condition may become worse at night resulting in insomnia, anxiety, and irritability.

Fortunately, Dr. Kevin Kay and at Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry can help you find the cause of your burning mouth and recommend appropriate treatment measures.

Causes of Burning Tongue


Here are some of the most common causes of a burning mouth:

Dry Mouth


When you have reduced salivary flow, your mouth will get dry and sticky. this may cause a mild to a moderate burning sensation in your mouth. Dry mouth may be caused by a disease of the salivary gland, changes in hormones, or certain medication.

We recommend drinking more water or chewing sugarless gum to encourage the flow of saliva. We may also recommend certain mouth moisturizers for you.

Mouth Irritation


Drinking too many carbonated soft drinks, using mouth rinse excessively, and brushing your teeth aggressively can all lead to mouth irritation. If you are in the habit of doing the above, consider limiting the consumption of acidic drinks. Also, get a consultation appointment with us so that we can educate you on how to perform good oral care that does not irritate your mouth.

Nutritional Deficiencies


The deficiency of vitamin B, as well as zinc and iron, can cause a burning sensation in the mouth. If you are in the habit of skipping a meal or consume too many empty calories, you should consider eating a balanced diet.

Incorporate whole fruit and vegetables in your diet as well as dairy, nuts, seeds, grain, and healthy protein.

Medication


Certain medications like antidepressants may cause dryness in your mouth which can lead to a burning sensation or soreness in the mouth. If you have side effects from certain medications, you should inform your doctor.

Oral Diseases


Fungal infections like oral thrush or geographic tongue ( a condition that causes red and white patches to develop on your tongue) can also cause a burning tongue.

Although some causes of burning tongue are easy to identify, others can be quite tricky. If you experience persistent burning on your tongue, it is important that you schedule an appointment with us so that we can treat the symptoms. Call us at (425) 738-8476 to set up an appointment.

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