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If you’ve ever felt like your tongue is on fire, you could be dealing with burning mouth syndrome. You may have to deal with discomfort in the morning, all day, or sporadic pain. Burning mouth syndrome—also known as burning tongue syndrome—can cause a burning sensation in your gums, lips, throat, or mouth. Many patients also experience dry mouth, increased thirst, bitter or metallic food, or a loss of taste.

Sadly, no one knows exactly what causes this rare syndrome. However, you are at greater risk if you are a woman, are postmenopausal, or older than fifty. Sadly, due to discomfort, individuals with burning mouth syndrome may experience difficulty falling asleep, depression, anxiety, difficulty eating, and trouble socializing.

But if you have to cope with burning tongue syndrome, what can you do? One of the most important things you can do is visit us as soon as possible.  Dr. Mark A. Osenieks can diagnose your problem and give you specific advice. In severe circumstances, you may need to visit a specialist. We will be happy to recommend one.

However, there are also things you can try at home to avoid discomfort. For instance, try drinking more—though we recommend avoiding carbonated beverages and alcohol. You should also avoid using tobacco products, spicy foods, and acidic foods and drinks. You should also avoid mint and cinnamon—even mint and cinnamon in toothpaste. Exercising, having a hobby, and staying active can also help.

Fortunately, if you follow these steps you’ll be able to combat the negative effects of burning mouth syndrome. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon at (616) 453-0002. We look forward to hearing from you.