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As you may have already surmised, the main characteristic of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a burning pain in the mouth. This can occur every day for months or even longer. Other symptoms may consist of numbness, dry mouth and an altered taste in the mouth.

BMS is tricky to diagnose because there is no individual test designed for it. We will first look at your medical history. Depending on what we find, we may choose from several tests according to your needs. We might also enlist the support of a family doctor or specialist.

There are two kinds of BMS. Primary BMS is created by injury to the nerves that manage your pain and taste buds. Secondary BMS is the result of certain medical conditions, such as hormonal changes due to diabetes, thyroid problems, allergies, dry mouth, certain medicines, nutrition deficiencies, and acid reflux. If in the course of various tests it is revealed that you have any of these conditions, you will probably be diagnosed with Secondary BMS. If not, you will likely be diagnosed with Primary BMS.

You may be given a painkiller or if you have dry mouth, medicine to control it. In the meantime, you can offer yourself temporary reprieves by drinking cold beverages, sucking on ice chips or chewing sugarless gum. Tobacco, hot and spicy food, alcoholic beverages, mouthwash, and acidic products may all irritate your condition, so avoid them for now. Dr. Stephen Henry can give you other helpful information.

If you think that you may have Burning Mouth Syndrome, you’ll probably want to visit your family doctor for your initial assessment. However, Dr. Stephen Henry and our expert dental team at Dr. Stephen Henry DDS in Foster City, California can also help you with the diagnosis and treatment that you need to have much-needed relief and good health. Call us at 650-341-5656 today!