Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a condition characterized by a painful, burning, and tingling sensation in the mouth. BMS is most common in women over the age of sixty, and the causes can range from an infection in the mouth to a hormonal imbalance. Furthermore, there are two different types of BMS that one can be diagnosed with—depending on the type of BMS, you may need to treat any underlying conditions that could be causing your symptoms. The symptoms can cause a fair amount of discomfort, therefore it’s important to see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment.

Types of Burning Mouth Syndrome

Primary BMS

If you are diagnosed with primary BMS, it is most likely because you don’t have any medical conditions that can explain your burning mouth syndrome—but you may have damage to the nerves that control taste and pain.

Secondary BMS

This type of burning mouth syndrome is caused by an underlying condition. Some of the following may cause secondary BMS:

  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)


The most commonly reported symptoms of BMS include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A burning sensation as if you just drank a really hot beverage
  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Dry mouth

If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, see a dentist to get the proper treatment.


Treatment for BMS may vary as treatment depends on what the cause of your burning mouth syndrome is. Often times getting rid of the source of the symptoms will rid you of your burning mouth syndrome altogether. Depending on the cause and type of BMS, some of the following treatments may help:

  • Switching medications
  • Seeing a specialist to treat a hormonal imbalance
  • Treating any oral infections that may be present
  • Gastrointestinal interventions
  • Diabetes care

Advanced DDS is a state-of-the-art dental practice in Garden City, NY that provides dentistry for patients with a variety of healthcare needs. We offer IV sedation dentistry as well as general anesthesia dentistry if needed. Schedule your dental appointment at 516-825-1100 today!

Burning Mouth Syndrome

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